Tim Harding

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My name is Tim Harding, I am 30 years old, married with two kids, and I just finished my second year in the NESA BN program at the University of Lethbridge. I love the outdoors, camping, fishing, and hiking. When I was 11, after learning about first aid in the Boy Scout program, I witnessed a woman have a stroke. I recognized it for what it was, and had no idea what to do. There was a doctor present, and watching him assess and help her was a huge inspiration to me. In Highschool I became interested in the nursing profession, but there was a lot of stigma on male nurses, so I chose to became an emergency medical technician instead (EMT). My time with my patients was short and I rarely found out what their outcome was. I only got to help people when an emergency call came in, and helping people is one of the primary reasons I wanted to be in healthcare. I wanted more. I knew it would require a lot of work and I wanted to be a nurse. In my first year, I was elected as President of the Nursing Student Club. The following year I became Vice President of the Student Association. I am so grateful for the opportunity to receive the John J Vanderlee Award for Male Nursing. As a recipient, I hope to be an inspiration to other men in nursing, especially those who hesitate due to stigma against male nurses.