Award Recipient

Nicole Istead

CNSA Mental Health Award

It is difficult to put into words all the reasons why I decided to become a nurse. I always knew from a very young age that I wanted to help other people and this passion continued to flourish as I grew up. In high school I began to volunteer everywhere I could which led me to pursue an undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Mental Health. After this I worked in clinical research, but this led me to realize that I wanted to be an active member of a patient’s care team. By volunteering in hospitals, I began to recognize my privilege of health and this experience drove me to use this privilege to dedicate my life to helping others both mentally and physically. I love waking up each day where I have the opportunity make someone’s day when they are pain or be a member of a patient’s path to recovery. Finally, I am fortunate to dedicate my career to the nursing profession and help people in their most vulnerable, and unexpected, moments.

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