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Maribel Jody: Nurse finds freedom in AU’s flexibility

By: Maribel Jody

Transforming Lives: Learners at AU is a testimonial series written by AU learners and alumni who want to share how AU helped shape their lives.

It’s a space for the people who have provided support and encouragement throughout their journey. It’s also a forum for sharing how AU is helping them achieve their educational goals and realize their future potential. Their stories are worth shouting from the rooftops! Have an inspiring story of your own to share? Email us! We’d love to hear it.

As a registered nurse in Cornwall, Ont., I have always thought of pursuing further education ever since got my undergrad from Laurentian University in 2017. My experience in nursing includes working in the operating room, emergency department, and in-patient mental health. I have also worked with a program called the Mental Health Crisis Team and the Assault and Sexual Abuse Program.   

In May 2021, I started my first Master of Nursing course at Athabasca University (AU). I am fascinated at the amount of support there is through my online course platform. My instructor is available to us at nearly all times of day and is very knowledgeable with multiple facets of nursing and has a diverse background.  

Knowing that AU is supporting me throughout my program provides me courage, comfort, and drive to keep reaching toward my goal and completing this program successfully. As a nurse who is currently working full-time, I am grateful that a convenient university such as AU exists. AU gives me flexibility and peace of mind knowing I can continue working my usual job shifts while pursuing my master’s on my days off. 

I am looking forward to my online journey with AU and the opportunities that it will provide after graduating. I have thought of pursuing a leadership-type position as a nurse ever since I completed my bachelor’s degree. Nothing would make me happier than to be educating the next generation of nursing students. I was lucky to have numerous professors who were kind and curious, and who provided motivation throughout my university career; I would like to ensure students have the same experience when they come into my class.  

“As a nurse who is currently working full-time, I am grateful that a convenient university such as AU exists.”

Thank you, AU, for giving me this opportunity to pursue my future goals of being a nurse educator. My favourite study spot this summer will be in my backyard, under the gazebo, listening to the birds around me while enjoying a nice cup of tea. During my breaks, I will relax in my pool. With my AU swag bag, I will be rocking the school colours with pride here in my hometown. I will certainly be promoting this university to all those looking for further education at a school that provides ultimate flexibility.  

Maribel Jody lives in Ontario and works as a Registered Nurse for the Mental Health Crisis Team and the Assault and Sexual Abuse program at the Cornwall Community Hospital. While working full-time, she is completing her Master of Nursing: Generalist with a teaching stream focus. She is seen as a reliable, hardworking, and thoughtful person. She is always there when a friend needs a hand. She loves to travel, soak in the sun, meet new people, and spend time with loved ones.

  • July 23, 2021
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