Francine Ward – Licensed Practical Nurse

NBCC Miramichi

When something bad happens, you can sit feeling sorry for yourself or you can pick yourself up, drag yourself out of bed and say “I can do this…

My name is Francine Ward and I am from Eel Ground First Nation. I graduated from the licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) program at NBCC Miramichi in June of 2011. Through the duration of my two year program I saw my share of ups and downs. I am a mother of four children. When I first enrolled in school, my youngest was only 2 months old. At times I didn’t think I was going to be able to finish but I pushed through and never gave up. I wanted to teach my children that strength and hard work pays off. Perseverance is the word I would use to best describe myself.

Growing up, my Uncle Kevin and Aunt Maureen were my role models. They both worked off reserve; they wanted to make it “on their own”. Now as an adult, my 16 year old son is my role model because of the love and compassion he has shown me. It’s amazing how much kids teach us without them even knowing.

Five days after graduation I was offered a full time job at York Manor Care Center in Fredericton, New Brunswick. It is one of the biggest nursing homes in New Brunswick. I seen this as a great opportunity and a new beginning for myself and my family, so I packed us up and made the move. I love my job; it truly is a wonderful place to work. Helping people every day is a great feeling, couldn’t picture myself doing anything else. Who knows some day when my girls get a little bit older, I may go back for my BN/RN. As for right now working everyday and coming home to my girls and wonderful man is enough.

My advice is “life is truly what you make out of it.” When something bad happens, you can sit feeling sorry for yourself or you can pick yourself up, drag yourself out of bed and say “I can do this; I can do this no matter how hard it is or how bad I feel.” Believe me when I say it is possible. These days I walk with my head held high, knowing that I am living my dream.