As your Professional Faculty blogger, I hope to provide you with insight from other professional faculties at the University of Toronto. I figure the best way to accomplish this would be to interview the students and alumni of these programs.
My first student profile will be Katie! She is a graduate from the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. She graduated the program in 2013, and she is currently working as a Registered Nurse at the Oakville-Trafalgar Hospital where she provides care for patients on the rehabilitation unit. I spoke with her about her journey in nursing, and was able to attain valuable insight about the program and the profession!
Why did you decide to choose a career in nursing?
I always enjoyed helping people! Nursing is a respectable career with lots opportunities for advancement whether it be in hospital management, academia or in the community/public health sector.
What made you decide to study at UofT?
I was familiar with U of T as I had already completed my HBSc there. U of T offered a second-entry Nursing program for students who already had previous undergrad credits/degrees. It is only a 2-year program that is well recognized by professionals in healthcare.
What were some challenges you faced while studying to be a registered nurse?
The program is very rigorous. There were early mornings and late evenings due to clinical rotations which often required 12-hour days. These clinical placements occurred throughout the academic year so you have to manage your time well with course material and preparing for the clinical placements. However, despite the long days, it can be incredibly rewarding when you think about the difference you’re making in patients’ lives.
What advice do you have for students interested in applying to Bloomberg’s Faculty of Nursing?
Nursing school is a lot of work but once you graduate and start working (especially in the hospital), that’s where the real learning begins! It’s also important to remember that you are not only applying for a degree that will lead you to a job but rather you have chosen a life long career of learning; healthcare is a dynamic industry that is constantly changing and you have to be up for the challenges that come along with it.