I am an internationally-educated nurse from the Philippines. My mother encouraged me to become a nurse, hence, I became one and never once regret it. I came to Canada in 2013 and I have not seen my mother since 2005, and I am proud of her for raising all her four children in becoming nurses. She is indeed my inspiration for everything.
“Nursing is helping.” It has always been my passion to help people. Growing up poor and have lived a tough life, I know the feeling of being “helpless”, thus, this made me more passionate about being a nurse and influence the people through my genuine care.
The process of becoming an RN in Canada needs a great deal of effort. I have had some failure along my way, which made me strive harder in reaching my goal. My failure became my strength and motivation to persevere my nursing career. Last year, I was able to get in to Kwantlen Polytechnic University and enrolled in Graduate Nurse, Internationally-Educated Re-entry program where I enhanced my critical thinking, acquired new knowledge and enhanced my nursing skills. My nursing experience was in the Philippines, in a tertiary hospital-surgical unit, and in a community hospital, where the standard of nursing was totally different from that of Canada’s. Hence, I am privileged to have been accepted at Kwantlen and learned about the role and responsibility of a registered nurse in Canada and be able to practice nursing in a safe manner. I will be graduating this coming fall and will be eligible to take the Canadian-NCLEX any time in this coming winter.
CNF assisted me in reaching my goals, which I am truly thankful for. This serves as an inspiration to my fellow internationally-educated nurses who went through a similar path in becoming a nurse in Canada. Never give up in pursuing your nursing career as there is a support out there, including CNF.