Day 120 - Nicole (2nd person I approached)
April 30, 2014 - Nicole was born in New Westminster, and grew up in Burnaby.
“I’ve lived in the same place all my life. I went to one elementary school and one high school. I’ve known my friends all of my life. We know each others story. We know how each other works, and we’ve seen each other grow and change,” she said.
"In high school we all had the same circle of friends too."
When I approached Nicole, she was enjoying some sunshine while waiting for her parents. “Both of my parents work in the medical field. They are both bio medics. My father repairs lasers and my mother works with kidney dialysis machines. They work in the same facility,” Nicole said.
"My grandmother was a psychiatric nurse at Riverview Hospital. That was before it downsized and then closed. My aunt is also a nurse. Not everyone is in healthcare. My younger sister is planning on becoming a police officer.”
In Grade nine, Nicole went on a ‘Take Your Child to Work’ tour of a hospital operating room.
“I knew then that I wanted to go into the medical field. I found it fascinating," she said. By Grade 12, Nicole had decided to go into nursing.
“After high school, I went to college and did all the prerequisite science classes. I also volunteered at a geriatric nursing home. Getting into any nursing program is difficult, especially in the lower mainland (Metro Vancouver). I applied and managed to get accepted. I went to college for four years,” said Nicole. Her graduation is coming up.
“I just got my first job, and am completing my orientation this week. I’ll be working in the same building that my parents work in. I’m excited to get started,” said Nicole.
We spoke about where Nicole sees the future taking her.
“I’m going into general nursing. I’ve looked into a few different areas. Becoming an Emergency Room nurse. I’ve thought about being a surgical nurse as well. I’m good at physics, I just don’t enjoy it. There’s also a new program that is being introduced. ‘Nurse Practitioner’ is an advanced level of nursing. They can write prescriptions and it’s close to being a General Physician. There’s a shortage of Doctors in Canada, and this is one way to help address the shortage. I’d need to go back to school and get my Masters degree. For now, I’m happy to be starting at the bottom. The real training starts now,” said Nicole.
I’m always curious when I meet people who have lived in the same location for long periods of time. Nicole has lived in the same place all her life. I asked her if she feels that has had an impact, one way or another, on her life.
“Definitely. The day care and nursery I went to is just around the corner. I’m going to be working in the same building my parents work in. My mother's best friend is the mother of my best friend. She lives on the same street I do. One of the things I value most in life is loyalty. I am so lucky to have the people I do in my life.” #notastranger