Always one to turn green at the sight of blood, CBU Nursing graduate, Emily Budden of Glace Bay never imagined she would work in health care, but her passion and enthusiasm for caring for others inspired her to overcome this obstacle. “I knew that I enjoyed working with people and that I wanted a career that fueled my interest in the discovery, innovation and application of new and ever-changing knowledge. After beginning my nursing degree at CBU I soon realized that nursing allowed me to achieve these goals,” says Budden.
Proud to now officially refer to herself as a Registered Nurse (RN) after passing the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), Budden is among the many CBU students who passed the exam on the first attempt. Of the 61 CBU students who wrote the 2015 NCLEX, 50 received a passing grade, giving the university a pass rate of 82 per cent. This impressive score set CBU above all other universities in the province.
Emily credits her success in passing the exam to hard work, dedication and support from CBU faculty and her fellow students, saying, “I really feel that the faculty in the CBU nursing program went above and beyond to help prepare me for the NCLEX-RN exam. From the time it was announced that myself and my fellow classmates would be the first to take the NCLEX-RN exam, the faculty were our biggest advocates and supports. Arrangements were made to provide us with prep material, changes were made to how we were tested in class to better reflect the NCLEX-RN exam.”
CBU’s small community atmosphere is what attracted Emily to the university. It is not uncommon to engage in hallway conversations with professors or nursing practice educators who stop to ask how you’re doing. Emily believes the faculty at CBU are fostering future nurses who could create change in an environment known by many new nurses to be quite intimidating and sometimes discouraging.
“Nursing is an exciting profession and one that you should be proud to be a part of. The opportunities for personal, professional and educational growth are endless. No day is ever the same, and each day as a Registered Nurse offers a variety of challenges that will keep you learning and excited about the profession,” says Emily.
Emily is currently working as a Registered Nurse in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department while also pursuing her Master of Nursing Degree at Dalhousie University as a full-time student. In addition to this, she also acts as Research Coordinator at the IWK Health Centre, and as Teaching Assistant in Community Health and Nursing Research at the Dalhousie School of Nursing.