John and Sanne Hansen/Craig Martin Memorial Pediatric Award
When I graduated from high school, my goal was to be someone who could make a difference in the lives of children and families. Inspired by my own experiences with the healthcare system and my volunteer work, I knew that pediatric nursing was the right career path for me.
Nursing is an incredibly powerful profession and its dynamic and versatile nature places nurses at the forefront as leaders driving changes and innovations in the healthcare system. Throughout my nursing school journey, I have had the privilege of working alongside some truly inspiring nurse leaders, researchers, and professors. Their compassion, mentorship, and dedication to the nursing profession further motivated me to become a pediatric nurse and pursue my research interests in women’s and children’s health. Currently, I am working on a research project evaluating social media as a platform for disseminating a pediatric anaphylaxis tool. I also serve on the leadership team for the Nursing Undergraduate Association and campus organizations such as Heart4Heart and Students for Life Without Limits.
As I enter my fourth year of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Honors program at the University of Alberta, my ultimate goal is to become a doctorally-prepared nurse researcher in the pediatric field. It is truly an honor to be a CNF scholar and receive the John and Sanne Hansen/Craig Martin Memorial Pediatric Award. I am so thankful to the donors for providing this scholarship, which gave me the opportunity to pursue my academic goals and clinical development.