Award Recipient

Danielle Aitkens

TD Aboriginal Nursing Fund Award – Master’s

I am from Lethbridge and I enjoy spending time in the beautiful outdoors- visiting the Rocky Mountains to go hiking, kayaking and sightseeing, usually bringing my camera along.

I became a nurse because I am passionate about people, and caring for them. I have a heart to see people healed, and comforted through pain and the challenging process of disease & loss. I didn’t know what kind of career I was getting myself into initially, as I am the only person in my family working in a health care career. Joining the wonderful profession of nursing has sparked a flame inside me, and ignited new passions and goals for myself. I am always up for a challenge, and nursing provides many opportunities for growth both personally and professionally.

I have found my passion in Pediatric nursing- having worked Pediatric ICU for a couple years, and general Pediatrics and NICU as well. I now work as a nursing educator both on Pediatrics and in the Simulation Health Center at the University of Lethbridge. I have discovered a new love for teaching- and supporting students in their own journeys towards becoming Registered Nurses. Working as a Simulation Nursing instructor allows me to have fun with both nursing and creativity, and impact R.N. students in a positive way. I am so thankful for nursing- and look forward to the adventures ahead as I continue my Master’s studies this next year.


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