Award Recipient

Arden McAlpin

Nightingale Award

As I enter my third year at the Queen’s School of Nursing my excitement for what is to come continues to grow. The more I learn about the nursing profession, the more I know it’s the right path for me. Looking back, I don’t know how I didn’t see it sooner! I was the kid that had the first aid kit, bandaids at the ready, and was often the one who would sit with others if they weren’t feeling so great. It made me happy to know that I had the ability to help people. Being able to turn this caring feeling into a career combined with science and critical thinking is a true privilege.

This coming year, I look forward to my placements in mental health, paediatrics, and maternity. This past year I was a mentor for Youth Advocates with Plan International Canada to gain support for programming focused on maternal, newborn, and child health in developing countries. I am keen to step into this field here at home! This year, I am beginning a new role for local women’s health as the Co-Chair for the Queen’s chapter of “Period, the Menstrual Movement”. I will work with my club to educate, advocate, and serve within my community for those who menstruate.

I plan to put my best foot forward in my second half of nursing school as I strive to embody Florence Nightingale’s Spirit.

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