Hometown nursing school was important for Timmins grad

Northern College, Timmins Campus

 

By LEN GILLIS

A Timmins woman has pursued her dream to become a Registered Nurse partly because she was able to take the four-year B.Sc.N. Program without having to leave town.

“I chose Northern College as the program was offered in my home town, allowing me to have more financial freedom and family support,” said 2019 RN graduate Shannon Lachance, who added she is hoping to start her career at Timmins and District Hospital.

She said that in her research she learned that Northern College, which offers the Nursing program through a collaborative partnership with Laurentian University, “had a positive reputation” for a number of reasons.

Lachance said one reason was that Northern offered smaller class sizes which gave the students more one-on-one time with their professors.

“The best part of my learning experience has been having the opportunity to have practical experience throughout the four years of the program. Being able to have this practical experience early on in the program allowed me to develop necessary baseline knowledge and skills used throughout my four years,” said Lachance.

In fact, she said, the practical experience was one of the key factors for her.

“Having the opportunity to have hands-on experience within the nursing curriculum was also very rewarding. This hands-on experience confirmed my decision to becoming a Registered Nurse,” said Lachance.

For all that, she admits there were difficulties associated with nursing studies in a smaller city.

“Some of the challenges that the students and I had to overcome to succeed were the limited amount of placement opportunities and the limited number of placements in specialized care,” she said.

Lachance also had advice for students interested in the nursing profession; do research, ask questions, be aware that it will take lots of studying, lots of reading and to adopt some smart study habits.

“The B.Sc.N. curriculum is challenging and requires good focus and work ethic.”

She also suggested that there  might be peer pressure to leave to town to pursue a higher education. She said it made sense for her to say in Northern Ontario to pursue her studies.

“I believe that choosing to remain within your community for post-secondary education if the program is offered is beneficial .  it allows your life to remain constant, saves money, allows you to continue extracurricular activities, and allows you to remain in a familiar and supportive environment,” said Lachance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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