Nipissing nursing grad liked smaller class sizes

Nipissing University nursing graduate Megan McNalty

By LEN GILLIS

Megan McNalty is another Nipissing University student who is pleased with her choice to study nursing in the North.

“To say it simply, the B.Sc.N. program at Nipissing is excellent. The class sizes are small, the faculty support is phenomenal, and the ability to be a part of additional co-curricular and volunteer opportunities on and off campus is very rewarding. This is why I chose Nipissing, because I felt like I learned more through the smaller class sizes offered here at the university.

McNalty said smaller classes presented her with opportunities she might not have had at a larger university.

“For example, as an undergraduate student, I was given the opportunity to be a teacher’s assistant in the Microbiology – first year Biology labs which gave me the ability to take on a leadership role. I felt as though I was a valued person at Nipissing and not just a number for their statistics board,” she said.

McNalty was also forthright about one of the challenges students might have to face, such as a labour dispute.

“During my time at Nipissing, the Nursing students in my graduating year were unfortunate enough to witness and be affected not by one, but by two strikes. One at Canadore College, and the other at Nipissing University. Having a strong relationship with professors, I was able to understand the severity of the strikes and also stand in solidarity with them. Both strikes lasted a significant amount of time, directly affecting the nursing student body. Although we had these two hurdles, the perseverance of the students and facility allowed us to succeed together,” she said.

Still, McNalty she is pleased that she chose Nipissing for her education.

‘The best part of my learning experience in my program was the relationships established during my time at the university. These relationships helped with my professional development from student to nurse, guiding my way through the years. Without the guidance from dedicated professors, I would not be the person I am today.”

For students who are considering their career opportunities, McNalty offered advice.

“The advice I would give to future students is to be open-minded to new opportunities. Try to go outside of your comfort zone a little to pursue the school that best suits your learning style. I am personally a hands-on, repetitive learner and Nipissing was a school that was able to provide me with the tools and opportunities that helped me based on that. Moreover, choose a career path you will be able to succeed and grow in. The best professions are the ones that keep you motivated and challenged.”

Filed in: Education, News

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