Occupational Health Nurse/Prevention Consultant
Skills I rely on most in my job:
Nursing training and experience, occupational health and safety training
In high school, I was voted most likely to:
Be in a caring profession
Question from Ashley, Regina, SK
“How many years of school do you have to take to become a nurse? Did you enjoy it?”
Hi Ashley! This is a great question! I went to school at The University of Manitoba. I went to school for five years to get my degree in nursing (one extra year because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do in the health care field).
Nursing school was a great mix of in-class training and practical training in various settings around Winnipeg. I finished nursing school by doing my final practicum in an emergency room (ER) where I ended up getting a job. What a great place to gain an incredible amount of knowledge and experience!
After a few years, I decided to go back to school to get my Occupational Health Nursing Certificate. I got this through distance education at MacEwan University in Alberta.
When I began my career, I thought I would always work in a hospital, but then I met two mentors who helped me to see that there are other opportunities that offer a fulfilling career of helping people in workplaces.
Preventing workplace injuries and illness is my goal. I hope this answers your question, and that you consider a career in nursing. The opportunities are endless!