Hi! My name is Ramona. I graduated from GBC in 1989 and have been working at Sunnybrook for the better part of those years. I have pretty much moved around all of the trauma areas in Sunnybrook and am currently the Clinical Educator for PeriAnesthesia.
I thought about starting my degree in 1990, 1995, 2000, and now that I am mid-career, in an educator position, I've realized that I've got to keep up with the young ones. Where did 20 years go?!
Like S., I also do not think that I need a BScN to be a great nurse. A nursing teacher once told my clinical group: "The best advice I can give you, is to BE the nurse you would want taking care of you." I have been that nurse, because it meant something to me to prove my knowledge and ability at making someone as comfortable as they could possible be. I have always focused on the practical and emotional part of nursing, because that it the kind of person that I am.
Last week, I was reminded of what my nursing school teacher once told me.
And I realized that I would want the nurse taking care of me to be the one who made the effort to learn more.