Award Recipient

Patricia Cichocki

WeRPN Award for Student Excellence

I decided to go to school for nursing at the age of 25 after having worked numerous healthcare-related jobs. I began working in pharmacies at the age of 15 as a pharmacy helper and transitioned to pharmacy assistant. In 2015, I began working full-time as a medical secretary at a family doctor’s office while maintaining part-time work at Datu’s Pharmacy. Two years later, my passion in health care became evident to me and I decided to go to college for the first time. In April of 2018, I completed the Pre-health sciences program at George Brown with honours. I immediately began the practical nursing program at Sheridan College in May of that same year and graduated in August of 2019. Presently, I am completing my 3rd and final semester of the bridging program at Centennial College – prolonged due to COVID-19; and will begin my bachelor’s in nursing at Ryerson University this September.

During my third semester, I have successfully completed the Centennial College distinction in leadership which is a co-curricular course that helps students to enhance their leadership skills. A small story of my perception of the post-pandemic world will be featured in the fall issue of We Are Practical Nursing Magazine. And most recently, I have been selected for the WeRPN student Excellence Award from the Canadian Nurses Foundation, receiving recognition for demonstrating confidence in my academic abilities and potential to make a valuable contribution to the nursing profession in Canada.

I am absolutely honoured to receive this award as it further strengthens my desire to advance my knowledge and skills in the medical field.

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