The Hub Convocation 2020: Don Morales, MN
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Convocation 2020: Don Morales, MN

By: Don Morales

To celebrate #AthaU20 Convocation, we are profiling some of AU’s grads. The team at AU is so proud of everything they have accomplished and we are excited to celebrate each one of our graduates leading up to convocation and beyond!

Read on to learn more about Don Morales’ story and his AU journey through the Master of Nursing program.

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Why did you choose AU?

I’ve chosen AU because of the flexibility and asynchronous nature of the courses. This component allowed me to practice my profession and pursue higher education right at home. AU had also been recommended by my colleagues in the industry (nursing/health care). Lastly, I’ve chosen AU because of its remarkable and trailblazing history in offering distance and now, virtual education in Canada.

Don Morales

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Tell us about the people who have supported you throughout your journey at AU?

My journey has been supported by the love and patience of my wife and son. My colleagues in the nursing/health care industry also pushed me forward to seek this opportunity for higher education. Support had also come from Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Nursing. Lastly, my friends and family have also been there for me.

Don Morales

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What is your favourite memory from your time at AU?

My favourite memory is being able to collaborate remotely and work with a team to create a draft for a prospective virtual tool that will support fall prevention in the LTC across Canada.

Don Morales

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How will completing your degree at AU transform your life?

An AU degree has accorded me the opportunity to seek for supervisory/management position. I am currently an interim program head for the Critical Care Nursing program, Diabetes Education program, Orientation to Nursing in Canada for internationally educated nurses (IENs), and the IEN assessment Centre, and Nursing Re-entry program.

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Tell us about a time that the flexibility of AU helped you overcome a challenge.

In 2017, we celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary and church wedding. A year prior to that involved planning comprehensively. For almost a year, working with AU courses and the flexibility it provided allowed us to plan and prepare for the wedding while doing the courses.

 

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My personal journey landed me here, at AU, but it certainly doesnโ€™t stop now. My future is …

bright and endless. It had opened doors and will continue to open doors for myself and advocacy.

Don Morales

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Is there anything else you would like to share?

I’m in deep gratitude to all the professors, faculty, and staff of AU. You will continue to change lives for the better.

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Don Morales is a registered nurse who moved from the Philippines and currently works as an interim program head for the Critical Care Nursing, Nursing Re-Entry, Diabetes Education program and Internationally Educated Nurses Assessment Centre at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Regina. He’s actively involved with programs helping Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) transition into Canadian nursing practice. He chose Athabasca University (AU) for his post-graduate studies due to the rave reviews from his peers and mentors. AU’s Master of Nursing offered him the toolkit needed to prepare him for leadership and management roles in healthcare.

Published:
  • September 29, 2020
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