TD Aboriginal Nursing Fund Award – Baccalaureate
I am starting my fourth year of the Bachelor of Nursing program at Mount Royal University this fall. I am of Cree and Metis decent and a member of Frog Lake First Nation. I was raised on the East Prairie Metis Settlement with my grandparents where I learned our cultural way of life. I watched as they helped people from the community through traditional healing using prayer and natural medicines.
My grandparents inspired me from a young age to want to help and care for people. Initially I wanted to become a nurse because I knew that having an education would provide opportunities for myself and children. But what I found as I advanced further into the program was my passion for nursing. I am humbled by the relationships I have built with patients and their families and feel fulfilled helping others in their time of need. I enjoy the endless opportunities to learn how to become a better nurse while continually reflecting on areas of personal growth to become a better person.
I feel privileged to be going into a career that is rewarding, challenging and life changing all at the same time. I believe my holistic beliefs, personal experiences and genuine compassion all contribute to why I became a nurse.