Award Recipient

Nicole Dutchak

RBC Diversity in Nursing Fund Award

I am currently heading into my third year of the Bachelor of Nursing program at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Thus far I have had the honor of working with a handful of diverse populations. I have worked with the elderly, pre-school aged children and people suffering from chronic health and mental health challenges. I have so far found one of the most rewarding aspects of nursing to be the ability to provide support for members of these varying populations. Providing care in terms of dressing changes, medication administration and basic care is an enjoyable part of nursing, but I find the most rewarding part is being the compassionate sounding board when a patient needs someone to listen to and validate their worries. This award benefits me as a nurse by allowing me the financial leeway necessary to take care of myself so I can best take care of others. It provides me with more time to properly reflect on my clinical experiences, which is key to growing as a nurse. It allows me time to rest and recuperate so I can go to clinical each day ready to provide holistic care to my patients. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Canadian Nurses Foundation and the donor of my award for granting me a better chance at being successful in my valuable nurse-patient relationships.

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