Award Recipient

Stephanie Vanderkooy

Northern Award

I am a second year student in the University of Toronto’s accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  During my undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in Human Kinetics I realized how much I love human physiology and thrive on personal interactions, especially when I was supporting friends and peers through transition times in their lives.  I always knew that I wanted to work in the health field.  As I came to understand my personality during undergrad, I decided to pursue nursing, and I love it! I love the challenges nursing presents.  I love critically thinking about the individual physiologically, socially, and in the context of their own lives, presenting the individual and the family with the best possible solutions, leaving the decisions in their hands while providing health teaching and additional support.  During the summer, I had the opportunity to watch and take part in this while interning at a small northern Ontario hospital in Englehart, Ontario.  I gained insights into how small town hospitals operate and collaborate with larger centres.  I am amazed at the extent of support the hospital staff are able to provide to patients and families and the impact they are making in their community.  The nursing staff is fabulous!  They are passionate about teaching and providing me with opportunities to improve my nursing skills. After I finish my BScN I would love to spend some time nursing in the Yukon. I would also like to spend some time on the northern reserves nursing and contributing to the community while I am there.  I hope to continue my studies to become a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner once I have gained some clinical experience.

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