Without scholarships such as the Sharon Nield Memorial Scholarship, which I have gratefully received through the Canadian Nursing Foundation, I would still be languishing uselessly in a refugee camp in Africa, after having survived genocide in Burundi. At every step of the way, such help, supplemented by my part-time work, permitted me to achieve a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University, and to receive Canadian citizenship. The Sharon Nield Memorial Scholarship now will enable me to complete my final year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at Langara College, Vancouver BC, which features both nursing research and clinical consolidated practice.
The next step after graduation is to pass the National Council Licensure Examination so that I will become a Registered Nurse. Becoming a registered nurse will allow me to access clinical leadership opportunities to make a difference in the lives of patients, families and communities.
Then I will seek employment at hospital medical and surgical unit to acquire practical experience in providing high-quality patient-centered care and to permit me to save enough money to rescue my besieged refugee parents and brothers and to study for a master’s degree. I intend to focus my master’s research on ways to improve health care delivery in rural areas. Eventually, I would like to become a nurse practitioner, especially interested in serving rural communities and conducting research directed at improving the timely delivery of top-quality personalized health care.
Thank you for your genorosity.