Dear Queen's Supporter,
Becoming a nurse is about wanting to provide care for people. But you don’t have to work in a hospital to do that. Sometimes this isn’t obvious to our nursing students; perhaps because they spend so much of their time in our Kingston area hospitals. But there are a lot of people out in the community who need a nurse’s help.
That was the idea behind this year’s Queen’s Nursing Student Conference. Every year, the conference focuses on a different aspect of nursing. This year, the topic of the one-day event was the world of nursing beyond the hospital. Queen’s student nurses from all years and programs heard from nurses working in a variety of very different environments outside of the traditional hospital setting.
Students had the opportunity to hear from Lieutenant Heather Dunning, a military nurse and Queen’s graduate, who described working in field hospitals on missions around the globe. They heard from J. Worden, a nurse who works in disaster relief and humanitarian aid missions. Cathy Carter-Snell of Mount Royal University spoke about forensic nursing, a fairly new and very exciting branch of nursing. Sandie Ethier talked to our students about her work as a mental health nurse. These speakers represented very different working environments, but all of them call on a nurse’s basic skills.
The conference was an eye-opener for our students. Isabelle Paquette, a third-year student and conference organizer, says that she is now contemplating a nursing career in disaster relief, something she had never even considered before the conference. The idea of using her skills in a very different cultural and geographic setting, where they are so desperately needed, appeals to her – as it did to many of our nursing students who had not previously considered this line of work.
This annual conference is run entirely by our students, with only modest financial support and encouragement from faculty members. This speaks to the quality of students we have here in the School of Nursing at Queen's.
Our students are passionate about nursing and committed to the profession. They share a common desire to make a difference, whether it’s in an operating theatre or in the devastating aftermath of a tropical storm.
Our top priority at Queen’s School of Nursing is to attract, develop and graduate stellar students – nurses who can think, work and lead strategically. We are succeeding. But we can’t do it without you. Please join me today in adding your support to the Nursing Initiatives Fund, where every gift creates opportunity.
Jennifer Medves, RN, Ph.D
Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director of the School of Nursing