Hi my name is Daniel. I am a fourth year collaborative
Nursing student at York University. The program here at York offers an excellent
combination of both academic and practical skills and you can’t have one without the
other. A big part of nursing is the research foundation.
And that’s a good strong aspect that York provides because it gives you the research
and the knowledge you need to effectively practice
when you’re in a clinical setting. So one of the great things about this program, is
it allows you to experience different avenues of nursing.
So you may work in a pediatric placement, geriatric placement, and you may have mental
health settings as well as community settings. So you get
exposed to a wide variety of nursing placements which can allow you to figure out exactly
what you’d like specialize in. So I was part of the Joint
Seneca-York Collobarative Nursing Program so for the first two years of the program,
I spent it at a small college setting. So one of my biggest worries
when I came to York was this transition, culture shock into a big university setting. What
I found helpful was the orientation I had when I came to York.
There were fellow Nursing students from third or fourth year who were able to give us a
tour to show us where things were especially buildings and
classes that would be specific for the nursing program. I’ve taken the opportunity to involve
myself in extra-curricular activities such as health ambassadors which
help future nursing students as well as current nursing students in their academic endeavours.
I found this to be an excellent opportunity for leadership skills,
team building exercises, and to create professional relationships with faculty members and directors
which can help open doors later, in your nursing career.
So after I graduate I’m looking forward to working in pediatrics at Sick Kids and also
furthering my career in nursing. I’m considering taking a master’s
program and becoming a nurse practitioner. As well, I’d like to start teaching in the
University setting because I’ve personally found that several of my professors
here at York have made a significant impact on my life and my career and I would like
to have that same opportunity to help future nursing students.