L'Universite de Moncton shines on national scene.[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
My name is Jeremy Roy-Leger and I am a second year nursing student at the Universite de Moncton, Moncton campus. I was born in Shediac, New Brunswick, and I am actively involved in my community and even more in my faculty, which is the Faculty of Health Sciences and Community Services, and in my nursing school.
Through the years, I had the opportunity to expand my academic experience by participating in two humanitarian aid missions to Haiti, volunteering for university activities and sitting on the nursing student council. However, I find that it is my involvement with the Canadian Nursing Students Association that has had the largest positive impact on my university experience, because it relates directly to my field of studies. Allow me to tell you more.
The Moncton campus of the Universite de Moncton has had a chapter of the Canadian Nursing Students Association (CSNA) for three years now. The CSNA is the voice of nursing students in Canada. It gives an opportunity to students like me to participate in regional and national conferences. Furthermore, by joining CSNA, students have access to NurseONE, a very important tool for the nursing profession that links to numerous resources and allows contacts with nurses regionally and nationally and possibilities for planning our career. The CSNA chapter also expands our horizons, as it informs us on the various nursing education programs available in other Canadian provinces. Furthermore, it gives us an opportunity to meet nursing leaders from throughout Canada and thus develop a solid network of current and future allies.
Last year, I represented the CSNA chapter of the Universite de Moncton, Moncton campus, as associate delegate at the regional conference in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and at the CSNA national conference in Hamilton, Ontario. At these events, I was able to meet future nurses from the Atlantic Region and the rest of the country. I was able to learn more by asking questions to renowned nurses such as Dr. Jean Watson and Tilda Shalof, and to many nurses from throughout Canada who are extremely experienced and knowledgeable at the national and international level.
We are still today the only French speaking university in New Brunswick, and our CSNA chapter shines on the regional and national level. Often at these conferences, many participants tell us how surprised they are to learn that New Brunswick offers a nursing education program in French. Also, CSNA allows us to post our personal information in health services data banks in the region or the province holding the conference, which adds to our chances of being recruited in our field once our studies completed.
This year, I was the official delegate for the CSNA chapter of the Universite de Moncton, Moncton campus, while my classmate, Sebastien Frenette, second year student in the nursing education program, was associate delegate. Last October, Sebastien and I went to the CSNA regional conference, which was held in Charlottetown, PEI, where once again we learned all kinds of information about our profession and forged precious business links.
And here we are, already back from the national conference, which was held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, from January 26 to January 29, 2012. Participating in this fourth conference was another learning experience for us, nursing students. We were thrilled to meet Dr. Holly Graham-Marrs, associate professor, but also community health nurse for a First Nation in Saskatchewan. We also had the pleasure to meet and discuss with Darwin Fisher, the InSite coordinator, a safe injection site, and Steven Lewis, associate professor of health policy in Saskatchewan. We met several other leaders from the nursing community. We discussed several topics, such as the nursing entry exam in Canada and improving our experience as nursing students. I arrived at the conference with one single suitcase, but I left with a second one full of new knowledge and skills and a new title, CSNA director of bilingualism and translation for 2012-2013, effective April 1st, 2012. What a fabulous experience!
My aim with this short article was to inform you of some of the benefits of our membership in the Canadian Nursing Students Association and the multiple opportunities it offers.
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