- Region: North Central
- Position: Registered Nurse
I was born October 1, 1989 in Prince George BC, where I have lived all my life. I have enjoyed growing up in Prince George because it is a smaller city where the communities are very close and there is so much to offer and explore. We have many diverse cultures with numerous multicultural events and forums. In Prince George there are several beautiful parks, lakes and rivers. There is something for everybody here. With the four seasons there are many activities that you can enjoy with your family and friends. I have a large family with a ton of uncles and aunties and cousins. We are all very close and see each other as much as possible. I have two younger brothers that look up to me as their role model and a mom and dad that are very supportive and understanding. They push me to work hard and to succeed, my family is the most important thing in my life and I wouldn't be who I am without them, I am so thankful for such a wonderful family.
I chose nursing as my career for many reasons. One main reason is because as a kid growing up I always knew I wanted to work in the medical field, in 2006 when my grandpa became ill and was bedridden in the hospital I decided then I was going to become a nurse. I saw how the nurses had little respect and caring for him and I wanted to make a difference. I decided that as a nurse I would treat the sick with patience, dignity and respect. I knew the work would be challenging, but I knew it would be the most rewarding. I also chose nursing as a career because of the endless opportunities it gives. Nursing can take you all over the world to experience different cultures and meet different people. It is also constantly changing, so the opportunity to learn more and gain more knowledge is never ending.
The overwhelming satisfaction and feeling I receive when helping ill people makes me passionate about nursing. It is not a glamorous job like movies or TV shows portray, there is not always a happy ending and it is a lot of hard work, but it is more rewarding than you could believe. I believe it takes a special kind of person to work in this field because of the many challenges you face this is why I am so passionate about it. I feel so much joy being able to not only physically help a person but to emotionally connect and help heal them also. Nursing is about helping families and communities. Now that I am newly graduated and working as a nurse, I have learned so much from people and I strongly believe that they are helping to shape me into the nurse I will become.
I am committed to First Nations people and their healthcare because after being in the hospital as a student nurse I have witnessed much discrimination and racism towards aboriginal people. I want to be an advocate for aboriginal people and their families in the hospital. I don't believe there is enough care and support for them. I demonstrate the importance of support and understanding to First Nations people by standing up for their rights as a patient, listening their needs and accessing the right resources for them to the best of my ability. I respect their cultural beliefs and if appropriate I try to incorporate traditional therapeutic measures into their healing process.
Working in Prince George at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia there is a large aboriginal population so many patients in the hospital are of aboriginal descent. I have seen many nurses and other hospital staff treat aboriginal patients differently. I have learned many lessons over the last 4 years each of them important, but the most important lesson I have learned working in the different areas is to be an advocate for your patient and stand up for them when they are being mistreated or judged. Every single person has the right to be treated as a human being and to be treated fairly. The color of a person skin or their lifestyle they have should not have any bearing on the care they deserve to receive. I have learned to speak out and tell others when I see patients being mistreated without respect and dignity and to make sure patients know it is not ok to be treated poorly.
For the last 4 years I have been sponsored by the Metis Employment & Training group in Prince George. They have worked so hard to fund ad support me through my 4 years of nursing school. I am so grateful for what they have given me, without their overwhelming help I would not have been able to achieve such success in the nursing program. I deeply appreciate the opportunity they have given me.
~ Courtney Bone