Kirsten Gibson: Third Generation Future Nurse

RNFBC Bursary Winner Kirsten Gibson

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.

Just as Kirsten’s mother Deborah Gibson followed in the footsteps of her mother, Joan Cook, who graduated from Hamilton General Hospital in 1957, Kirsten says, “I am honoured to be following in my mother’s footsteps and pursuing a career in nursing”. Kirsten’s mother is a 1988 graduate of the Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing. Deborah Gibson worked as a Registered Nurse in Bone Marrow Transplant at Vancouver General Hospital for two years after graduation and then worked in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at BC Children’s Hospital for 11 years. She then worked in public health before she embarked on a career as a nursing professor, first at Douglas College in 2005 and later at Trinity Western University in 2011. Kirsten’s grandmother worked as a VON nurse for most of her career and also worked in geriatrics towards the end of her career.

Kirsten is the recipient of the RNFBC 2011 Vancouver General Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Bursary. She is currently attending Trinity Western University enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program and is in her second year of four, thoroughly enjoying the program. This semester is Kirsten’s first clinical experience in hospital in an acute medical unit and while at first it was intimidating Kirsten says “I am learning a lot and am excited to see what’s in store for my other clinical rotations.”

Kirsten chose to pursue a career in nursing because “I enjoy caring for people when they are sick and are in need of healing. I am provided with the opportunity to truly care for others and do everything in my power to assist them in the recovery of whatever it is they are suffering from.”

Kirsten’s plans include working in BC for a while in order to gain further nursing experience. She is unsure of what field of nursing interests her the most but her roots working as a lifeguard are leading her towards the direction of working in Emergency. Her long term goal is to work as a nurse doing missionary work in impoverished countries. “While I’m still learning about the different areas of nursing, there, I would like to assist in public health nursing working on disease prevention and promotion”, says Kirsten.

In the spring of 2013 Kirsten will be participating in a nursing travel study with the Trinity Western’s School of Nursing to Zambia where she will be able to experience first-hand what it is like to provide nursing care in another country.

Kirsten recently shared her story with RNFBC donors and friends at RNFBC’s 2012 Annual Gala Celebration. Kirsten wishes to extend a thank you to all the donors who have helped make her goal to become a nurse possible. “The bursary I received has contributed to the costs of my education and has made it possible for me to continue in my pursuit towards becoming a nurse.”

RNFBC wishes Kirsten every success in becoming the third generation nurse in her family.

Written with permission from Kirsten Gibson based on her story shared with RNFBC
donors and friends at the RNFBC 2012 Annual Gala Celebration on October 25