My name is Alyssa and I am currently entering my final year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing After Degree program at the University of Alberta. Prior to my nursing education, I had the opportunity to work in health research regarding prevention and treatment of patients with cardiac disease. I became motivated to pursue nursing as I immensely enjoyed developing therapeutic relationships with patients and wanted to increase my capacity to provide care. During the first year of my nursing program I have gained valuable clinical experience at an older adult residence, family medicine, and psychiatry settings. I have felt very privileged to be part of the healthcare team that provides care for patients when they are at their most vulnerable states, both physically and mentally, as many suffered from chronic diseases that have immense impacts on their quality of life. In future I am interested in working within the areas of cardiology and pediatric care. Both areas would be extremely rewarding, as the care you provide can have lifelong impacts on your patients’ health and wellbeing. I also envision myself returning for graduate nursing studies in the future to further my knowledge and advance my nursing practice within a specialty area. I am very honored to receive the CNF Yvonne Andrews award, as it will facilitate the completion of my current nursing education and allow me to pursue opportunities that will increase my capacity to impact the quality of life of the patients and communities I care for.
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