Tylenol Bacc Award
My path to nursing has not been linear; I first completed a degree in biology graduating from University of Calgary in 2019. After completing this degree, I reflected on the experiences I had with nurses when my mother was battling cancer. The compassion, care, and kindness demonstrated by these nurses inspired me to pursue a career in nursing. My ultimate desire is to help patients and their families just as those nurses did for myself and my family. With this in mind, I returned to University of Calgary to obtain my BN in 2021, experiencing the impact of the pandemic on the health care system firsthand. My goal in nursing is to work on an intensive critical care unit, providing care and support to families in acute care environments. Furthermore, I am interested in conducting research as a nurse – finding ways to create and promote best practice guidelines to optimize patient care and safety. I am hoping that my interest in critical care will guide my research, resulting in decreased nurse burn out. Alongside this career, I continue to pursue my passion as a soccer referee, finding the teamwork and communication skills transfer from the field onto the unit floor. My unconventional background and personal experience continue to drive my passion for nursing. I am very grateful to be the recipient of the Tylenol award and a? CNF scholar as it allows me to pursue this passion without financial constraints.