I have always had a passion for working with and learning from other people, which is what initially drew me to nursing. After starting my nursing education at the University of Ottawa and Algonquin College, I realized that I had made the right choice and that I love so many other things about nursing – the creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, big-picture thinking, and so much more. I feel very privileged to be a nurse, and I have practiced in inpatient adult nephrology and medicine, community health nursing, and now, in child and adolescent mental health. In my current role, I value the relational aspects of nursing with youth and their families.
In all of the settings I have practiced in since becoming a nurse, I have been amazed by the strength of the patients, families, and communities with whom I’ve worked alongside. However, I have also been frustrated by the ways in which stigma and marginalization restrict opportunities for health and wellbeing – particularly, for people who use drugs. In 2017, I started the combined Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Public Health program at the University of British Columbia, where my thesis explores opportunities for improving hepatitis C care for people who inject drugs.
I am absolutely thrilled to be recognized as a Canadian Nurses Foundation Scholar and as the recipient of the 2020-2021 Military Nurses of Canada Award, founded by Col. Agnes Campbell Neill. Thank you.