Every day, all across the country, tens of thousands of people rely on nurses — a great many of them AU Faculty of Health Disciplines alumni — for the health care needed to live as well as possible. Every year, thousands of LPNs and RNs rely on AU in order to complete the Bachelor of Nursing degree that enables them to provide that ethical, safe, and competent care. We’re proud to join with colleagues across Canada during National Nursing Week, May 7–13, 2018, to recognize the many achievements of our BN grads. #YesThisIsNursing #NationalNursingWeek
Nurses proving their mettle, following their passion
Keira St. George and Christine Philbrick are arguably in a class by themselves. In two successive years, 2016 and 2017 respectively, each received a coveted Governor General’s Academic Medal (Silver) — awarded to the top undergraduate from among all 40,000 students in all AU programs.
Keira St. George graduated from the Post-LPN Bachelor of Nursing program, proving what’s possible when passion, hard work, the flexibility of online learning, support from friends and family, and a little fun all come together. “I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now if not for AU,” she says, explaining that she was driven to do well by a love of academics and a determination to make a difference in people’s lives.
St. George, is now an RN and the Clinical Coordinator for Vancouver Coastal Health’s Primary Outreach Services in the city’s challenging Downtown Eastside. “I’ve always wanted to be involved in social justice health care, and to work in the community,” she says. “I’m drawn to people who are less able to help themselves, and want to help and advocate for them. My final clinical placement at AU was at a community health clinic that serves this population, and I immediately knew this is where I wanted to stay.”
Christine Philbrick’s graduation from the Post-RN Bachelor of Nursing program was testament to her extraordinary determination, and the support of her family. “Going back to school after being out for 25 years is tough, but AU really fit,” says the single mom who worked at a full-time job and three part-time jobs while completing her degree. She currently works in Student Health Services at Niagara College in Ontario, where her learning continues. She’s started an online program in mental health and addictions.
Learn more about AU’s baccalaureate, master’s, and certificate nursing programs, and professional development opportunities for nurses on the Faculty of Health Disciplines website.