When I was hired for the role of nurse therapist at the Winnipeg Operational Stress Injury Clinic in 2006, I felt that I had landed my community dream job. This new and developing nursing position prompted me to explore what we were doing well with our clients, as well as what services were still missing that would help enhance recovery for individuals and their families. This notion of there being more to recovery than treatment alone inspired me to further my education at Brandon University. Since embarking on this journey in graduate studies, my dedication to recovery has been solidified and reflected in my proposed future research. In the fall of 2014, I will examine recovery from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Veterans of the Military and RCMP with clients who have completed evidence based treatment at the OSI clinic. Being awarded the Dr Helen Preston Glass scholarship enables me to proceed with the upcoming research and thesis component of my studies. My phenomenological study will qualitatively capture the lived experience of participants so that future recovery oriented programming can be introduced at the Winnipeg OSIC and perhaps across our OSI national network. I feel fortunate to have been granted the opportunity to collaborate with such an interesting population of people and I am truly grateful for CNF in their contribution in this project.
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