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The newest Nursing Unit Clerks are off and running

A little bit about me My name is Joy Hill and I came to Stenberg College in an unexpected way. I previously worked in healthcare as a Nurse’s Aide and a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) with a practice primarily focused on mental health and addictions. But a workplace injury changed everything, and I had to reconsider my career. After a…
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Sleep and Sleep Hygiene – a Psychoeducational Class

After graduating from the Psychiatric Nursing program, I wrote and passed the Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Canada Examination (RPNCE) exam and am enjoying life as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. Part of my job entails creating and running psychoeducational groups, which is a type of group therapy aimed at educating clients about their conditions and how to cope. While creating a psychoeducational group…
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How med-surg inspired me to become a stem cell donor

During my fourth semester of the Psychiatric Nursing program, we took a medical‑surgical nursing course. All the rumours I had heard about the course were true: it was intense, challenging, and at times, downright gruelling. The thick book and technical content intimidated me. After all, I took this program because I wanted to work with people, not their guts! However,…
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5 Tips for Managing a Busy Schedule and School

Going back to school as an adult learner certainly adds a bit of chaos into your life. Juggling work, family and schoolwork is possible but it requires some diligent schedule management. In my case, I chose not to work while in Gerontology school knowing that it would be difficult to devote my attention to both. To be honest, it wasn’t…
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A Day in the Life of a Counselling Student: Honouring Emotion

“People are always doing the best they can with what they have.” Dr. Saira says. In today’s Counselling Therapist class, they’re examining the relationship between trauma and neuroscience. Dr. Saira is excited—she’s presenting recent neuroscientific research that better explains the psychological responses of ‘Fight or Flight’ or Freeze in the face of trauma. The polyvagal theory The polyvagal theory, she…
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Third Semester Psychiatric Nursing Labs

PART I – May 2018 I can’t describe my third semester Psychiatric Nursing Labs without first introducing my lab instructor, Anne Burlington. Anne is a smiling, welcoming and funny person who loves to teach. She’s a world traveller with great stories about her adventures, and she made learning fun by putting together amazing presentations. With a medical surgical lab it’s…
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A Day in the life of a Counselling Student: Counsellor as Catalyst

Being part of Dr. Faizal’s class is like being welcomed into a sacred space. I immediately felt warm and safe; like I knew everyone in my Counselling Therapist class for a long time and was everyone’s cheerleader for being better people, and they were mine! Now close to the end of the 88-week program, the students are intimately aware of…
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3 Things I Learned From the Early Childhood Education Program

Since starting the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program in January, I learned more things than I could’ve ever fathomed. Our instructors, Jill Hammer and Miss Pat Bates have been so supportive throughout the course; they are our pillars of strength on the personal front. In every class, they demonstrated how the first five years are really crucial in the life…
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My Life Changing Decision

Have you ever made a decision that changed the course of your life? Earlier this year, I did. After spending the last decade immersed in a career in the financial services industry, I decided to pursue a path that would forever change how I viewed people, society and the aging population in particular. It all began within the last two…
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Visiting my practicum site for observation

Our first observational experience day at our chosen Cardiology Technologist practicum placement was such a great opportunity. We got to check out the place where we will be spending three months of practicing and learning about Cardiology Technology from January to March. My practicum placement site is at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. I am so happy I chose…
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