As November 11 approaches and we honor those who have and continue to defend Canada, with their commitment but often with their lives. So at this time we would like to not only thank them but to recognize the vital role nursing has had in all their lives during armed conflict and afterwards…..so many stories of bravery and dedication. One such story is that of Ruth Echo McIlrath. Her memory is honored in a bursary set up by her niece Fern Irwin and will be awarded in 2018. Read about Ruth’s story on our news feed. Thank you veterans…we will not forget!
Salamata attends UNBC and was a 2016 bursary recipient and forwarded this lovely letter of appreciation.
An event that has forever changed my family and significantly influenced who I am today is one of my sister’s battle for life. This terrible ordeal has created how I envision myself caring for patients and their families in the future as I graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree and become a Registered Nurse.
“I strongly feel nurses play a large role in making the world a better place. The nurse-patient relationship is such a powerful connection. We are often the one with the patient 24/7 seeing them at their worst and working with them to achieve their best. We empower, encourage and support patients through some of the toughest times of their lives”.
After graduating in nursing in 2007, April Bakonyi worked for four years in Toronto on a medical-surgical floor. In looking to fulfil more of a leadership role April decided to pursue a career as a Nurse Practitioner.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.