As an aboriginal nursing student, I face many challenges trying to survive and thrive in the academia world, and hold true to my identity as aboriginal nurse. My experience so far in nursing has been mainly positive with a few bumps along the way, with my biggest challenge trying to incorporate the traditional knowledge that has been passed down to me from my ancestors into what I am learning. One of my future goals when I finish my degree, is to work out in the community with mainly First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations, so it is imperative that I find a balance to be able to provide the best culturally competent care to my future patients and communities.
With this award from CNF, it will allow me to be more focused on my studies, and my future patients. As with any full time student, money is always an issue, and can often distract you from your studies. It is no different for me either, so thanks to CNF and TD I can have some ease of mind away from my financial situation and put my attention to becoming a better student and nurse.