This September I will be entering my third year of the BSN program at UBC Okanagan. Starting from a young age I was interested in working in healthcare. Working in a profession where there was the opportunity to make a significant difference in people’s lives appealed to me. In high school I volunteered at a long-term care facility and also volunteered abroad assisting nurses in outpatient clinics. These activities were foundational in furthering my interest in the nursing profession.
Shortly after completing the first year of my nursing program, I was introduced to a research perspective when I began working as a research assistant for a professor at UBC Okanagan. In this role I conduct research on smoking/vaping prevention and cessation with the ultimate goal of reducing tobacco usage in Canada. Throughout the past year, I have developed a passion for research as it allows me to use my academic strengths to develop resources that have the capacity to aid individuals across Canada. I am very thankful to the Canadian Nurses Foundation for this scholarship, which allows me to continue my path in my chosen profession and it is my hope to one day pursue a Master of Nursing. I am honoured to be chosen for this award and am certain that research will continue to be a component of my practice throughout my career.