- Region: Thompson Okanagan
- Position: Registered Nurse
I have always been interested in my personal health and the health of my friends and family. I exercise regularly, eat a nutritious diet, and try to live a balanced life of work and play. When I realized that not all people were fortunate to have the opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle, due to various factors, such as their genetics, socioeconomic status, or available support systems, I wanted to do something to help.
I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do to reach this first goal. I had occasionally thought about becoming a registered nurse, but the idea of spending such a significant amount of my time and money was daunting. I looked for other options that better suited my lifestyle but none were satisfying.
When I applied for a seat in the School of Nursing at Thompson Rivers University, I did not expect to get accepted. When I did I felt a variety of emotions such as excitement, fear, and "what did I get myself into"?
Throughout the four years of the degree I had to sacrifice a lot but in the end I have gained so much more. I am able to help people in ways that, without becoming a registered nurse, I could not. Being a nurse is not always a glamorous job and sometimes it is extremely challenging, but the feeling that you supported and assisted someone through a vulnerable time in his or her life, is so rewarding.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is a four-year degree. Without the financial assistance from the Metis Nation BC, I would not have chosen to become a registered nurse. Thank you Metis Nation BC for providing me with the opportunity to gain such a valuable education and successful career.
~ Jessica Schindler