Award Recipient

Rain Desjarlais

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.

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