Louise Miller – LPN
My name is Louise Miller, band member of Eel River Bar First Nation. On December 20th, 2012, I graduated from NBCC, 2 year LPN program. Over the past 2 years I went through many trials and tribulations. I was previously employed for 19 years as Eel River Bar Headstart Coordinator and loved my job greatly but always wanted to be a nurse. Marrying young and having 2 children prevented me from following my dreams. Two years ago at the age of 45, kids grown and gone, I took the opportunity to apply to NBCC and was accepted. I had mixed feelings about leaving my job at my age to start again but in my heart I knew it was the right thing to do.
Being out of school for 30 plus years, learning to study and being committed to homework and projects every night was very difficult. On top of my full time nursing classes I also had to obtain a grade 12 science which I had to do by correspondence while going to school full time. After many sleepless nights and many hours of tears, in the end I passed the correspondence course and finished the LPN program. On days when I didn’t think I could make it, I always had encouragement from my family, friends, my Band and also the North Shore Mic Mac District Council. Financially it was tough in the summer months and I had to work 2 jobs to keep myself going. I was determined and I persevered.
I encourage anyone at any age to follow your dreams, you only have 1 life to live. I am proud to say I am a 47 year old grandmother who is an LPN and I found employment in my field before I graduated. I learned that life is tough and never gets easier. I found a career that makes me smile and also makes others smile and if I can make others smile daily, then I am doing my job.