A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from CBU set Krista Smith on her path to a career she loves. Now, on top of working as a registered nurse in the renal dialysis ward at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Krista is furthering her education with a Master’s Degree in Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) at Dalhousie University and will be graduating in May.
Krista says that her love for science began by previously studying kinesiology, and says she often found herself overwhelmed realizing how much the field of science had to offer her. “As I worked through this degree I realized how many doors science truly opened for me, I had endless options on where I could go next with my education,” she says.
Krista says she really enjoys the diversity in her career, and enjoys getting to know new patients. “Patients are individuals, none are the same. This brings both successes and challenges to my everyday work,” she says. In the field of nursing, Krista says that continuing competence and education is extremely important to provide the most current and evidence-informed care to patients.
An undergraduate in nursing is just the beginning Krista says, and adds that there are a lot of career opportunities. “Where you can go with nursing is completely in your hands. You can make your own path, find your interest and work toward a nursing career in that area. There are amazing specialty nursing certificates, conferences, workshops, and graduate degree programs,” Krista says.
Krista’s advice for girls considering an education and career in the field of science is to go for it. “Science has so many avenues that girls are able to go down, it’s limitless! Deciding on an educational path in science is one of the best decisions I’ve made,” she says.
“I’ve met a tremendous amount of individuals, including my co-workers and patients, who have made a significant impact on me both personally and professionally. We all have the ability to care selflessly and nursing provides the opportunity to show this each day,” says Krista.
CBU’s annual Women in Science and Engineering event will be held on April 2, from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Verschuren Centre, and include a free lunch and plenty of fun science exercises. Junior/high school students and early university-aged young women will have the chance to meet more role models like Krista, receive free swag and find out all about the endless opportunities in the field of science. Pre-registration is required, find the registration form for “WISE” here.