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Letter of Thanks from Naureen Hussainaly

I am writing to thank you for your generous RNABC Nursing Education Bursary. I was very happy and appreciative to learn that I was selected as the recipient of your bursary. When I learnt of this bursary through my school, BCIT, I knew that this was something I should apply to.

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Kate Saunders: On the Value of Being an RNFBC Bursary Winner

If you ever wondered how important your support to RNFBC is for aspiring nurses, we would like to introduce you to Kate Saunders. Mother to five-year-old Jack, Kate spends most of her spare time working two jobs, as a Research Assistant for the CAMEO Program with the BC Cancer Agency and as an employed student nurse at the UBC Hospital.

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Jodi Meacher Embraces a New Career as an ER Nurse

Jodi Meacher is the first recipient of the Mabel and Henry Doree Family Memorial Bursary with RNFBC. Jodi recently graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and is now working in the Emergency Department at Lions Gate Hospital. “I love the thrill of the unknown arriving at any time and the quick thinking required for the position.” Jodi completed her final preceptorship this past spring at the Lions Gate Emergency Department before accepting her new full time position. Jodi decided in 2008 to become a nurse and was then accepted to the UBC School of Nursing.
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Kirsten Gibson: Third Generation Future Nurse

Kirsten Gibson: Third Generation Future Nurse Receives Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Bursary.

Kirsten Gibson did not always know that she wanted to be a nurse. She first applied for a variety of Science programs, but as the decision of what education path she wished to pursue came closer, she realized that nursing was the best fit not to mention Kirsten is to become a third generation nurse in her family.

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Joan Doree Establishes New Bursary for Aspiring Nurses

Joan Doree celebrated her 94th birthday in January. Born in England in 1919, Joan moved with her family at the age of six months to Saskatchewan. Many years later, Joan would become an elected member of the Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia and hold two terms on the Board. Through her involvement in these activities, Joan is a founding member of the Registered Nurses Foundation of British Columbia (RNFBC) for the education and advancement of nurses.

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Melissa Nuttall’s Aspirations in Nursing

While working at Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital as a certified medical laboratory assistant, Melissa Nuttall had access to all units of the hospital. She became familiar with the hospital setting while feeling particularly drawn to the emergency room. She enjoyed working with the patients and problem solving which led her to want to return to school and obtain a nursing degree.

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Never Forget You Are a Nurse – The Story of Kathleen and Gordon Murphy

Looking back, Kathleen (Kathy) Murphy remembers joining a “Future Nurses Club” in high school, which led her to become a candy striper at the Castlegar Hospital, a small community hospital. But that’s not the only thing that inspired her to become a nurse. Born in Port Alberni and later raised in Vancouver and Castlegar, Kathy was the first born of four children so had some experience caring for others. Following graduation, Kathy explains, “nursing school provided a residence and an education” as well as many hours of nursing service.

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The Lifelong Learning of Rhonda Wigglesworth-Fafard

As soon as thirteen-year-old Rhonda Wigglesworth started volunteering as a candy striper at Yorkton Regional Hospital, she knew she wanted to become a nurse. “I observed nurses first-hand working on the pediatrics unit and the power they had to create change and provide support for a family during a stressful time. I saw nurses take the time to answer the family’s questions and the care they demonstrated. The nurses were a catalyst for taking away the family’s fear.”

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The Legacy of Mary Bernadet Ratsoy, 1936 – 2009

Bernadet loved her many roles in Health Care. She also loved music, history, the theatre, and playing tennis. But first and foremost, at heart, Bernadet was a Nurse and Educator. She made a tremendous positive impact on the nursing profession at both the provincial and national level. Of all her accomplishments during her distinguished career, she was most proud of her mentorship of other nurses. Throughout many years, she received cards from nurses who felt that she helped them in some very meaningful way in their working lives. All her work was directed toward supporting nurses so that they could be better at what they did: “nurses need to be supported and need to have control over the work they do because this has a critical effect on patient care.”

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