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Practical Nursing

The transformative power of education

Nelofar Rahimi, or Nelly as friends know her, was born in Pakistan, the child of Afghan refugees. When she was just five years old, Nelly and her family immigrated to Canada and settled in Burnaby. Recalling the sacrifices her parents made to get her and her three younger siblings to Canada, Nelly tears up. “As a child, I never realized…
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Finding passion and pride in nursing

It was hard for Stefania Jimenez to talk about herself. Accustomed to focusing on her patients and taking care of others, Stefania usually asks the questions. She let out a small laugh when asked what makes her a good nurse, uneasy about having to compliment herself. She thought aloud, “I think it’s my compassion and love for people. Making them…
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A Healing Journey: Melanie Morrison

Once a “wounded animal”, Melanie came out of hiding after 15 years to become a successful Practical Nurse Melanie Morrison wanted to be a fighter pilot but growing up in a dysfunctional home pushed her life in a different direction. She had to move out at the age of 17, which left a significant hole in her heart. Somehow, she…
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Tia Serdachny: Giving Her All to Practical Nursing

How a high school dropout became a distinguished Practical Nursing student and a remarkable & selfless human being. Tia Serdachny was not born into the best of circumstances. When she was only 14 years old, both her parents left – her mom to seek help for addictions and her father for work. For a little girl with five brothers, losing…
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