Margie Ward – Practical Nursing Program
My name is Margie Ward and I am 39 years old and a proud member of Eel Ground First Nation. My common-law husband, Greg and I share four wonderful children who we are very proud of. Brandon is 25 years old and is presently touring many countries around the world. He is now visiting Iceland. Nick is 23 years old and he has relocated to Red Deer, Alberta. Kirstin is 19 years old and is presently a full-time student at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Spencer, our youngest is six years old and he will be entering grade 1 in the fall.
I have just recently graduated from a two year License Practical Nursing program at the New Brunswick Community College. When the applications for enrollment first came out I was very skeptical about applying because I had been out of school for more than twenty years and the thought of becoming a student again actually scared me. I did, however, overcome that fear and applied anyway. Most of us needed the Biology course to get into the program so we crammed the entire course in six weeks. It was a very intense six weeks, to say the least.
Year one of the LPN program started in May of 2009 and I was quite nervous about getting through it. I spent 4-5 hours studying every night and there were times that I just wanted to give up because I was so tired and stressed out. But, with the support and encouragement of my family and friends, I made it through the two years with honors and I was on the Dean’s list. I was also awarded a generous scholarship from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation.
All the sleepless nights and hard work paid off for me in the end and I would encourage anybody, at any age to return to school. Go back to school not only for the academic achievement but, for your own sense of accomplishment, self -discipline and the pride you feel knowing that once you have graduated you can do anything you set your mind to. It also feels good knowing that you can get back out into the work force and become an even better asset to your community.
I now possess a greater understanding and respect for the hard work and dedication that the education department puts forth into helping make it possible for each and every student to come to the point of graduation. Also, to our leaders who bring these programs to our communities and to our teachers who help us along the path of learning; without their knowledge, hard work, dedication, and encouragement, I don’t know how I would have made it through.
I have always had the utmost respect for those who do homecare for our Elders and, today I have a whole new outlook on what it really means to be a care-taker. I only dreamed of one day becoming a Nurse and now I finally get to be one!