Ashley Hinchey – Following her Heart into Nursing

Alison Hinchey

Ashley Hinchey (far right) teaching high school students about IV therapy


Ashley Hinchey grew up watching health care professionals care delicately for her brother, who was born with a congenital heart disease. Watching the compassion and skill that he was treated with, she not only had the chance to see the impact they made in her brothers life, but she personally felt it.

“I always knew that I wanted to work in health care, but I wasn’t set on nursing,” says Ashley. “After taking a tour of CBU, seeing the nursing lab and learning about everything the program had to offer, it seemed like a good fit for me. Once I started the program and got a feel for what it is really like to be a nurse, I knew I made the right choice.”

Now in her fourth year of the BScN program, the New Victoria, NS, resident hopes to someday work in Cardiology, saying, “Cardiology is something I have always been interested in. It has always been my favourite topic to cover in our classes and I hope to specialize in this area in the near future.”

As Ashley nears the end of her final year in the program she recalls some of the memories she’s made and the friendships she’s cultivated.

“I have a lot of great memories from the past four years, but my favourite memory was moving to Halifax with two of my classmates (and best friends) to do our co-op experience in the summer of our third year,” says Ashley. “We had such a great experience living in a new place and working in a new environment. I learned so much from my preceptor through that co-op and I am so grateful to have had that opportunity.”

Now, confident that she chose the right career, Ashley is looking forward to putting her skills to work and becoming more independent in her practice, saying, “Nurses truly are caring people and really strive to make a difference in people’s lives. I’m excited to have to opportunity to help people like my brother on a daily basis and make a difference.”