Marie Yurag, Practical Nurse

Marie Yurag practical nursing graduate

What were you doing before attending Sprott Shaw College?

I was working as a Nanny for 5 years before attending Sprott Shaw College.

Why did you choose Sprott Shaw College?

Aside from the location (Downtown Vancouver campus) I ultimately chose Sprott Shaw College because my admission counsellor was so helpful, encouraging and supportive. I did not feel the pressure of enrolling but rather Sprott Shaw College felt [like] home because of her.

How was the admissions process?

The process of admission was smooth for me. I took 1 pre-requisite course before going into the program.

What program did you choose and why?

I’ve always been into nursing having a foreign BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) degree, nursing is my passion and I am proud to belong to this noble profession.

What was the environment like during your time at Sprott Shaw College?

Instructors are very supportive. We have a small cohort that is very supportive. I wouldn’t be successful in the program if not for the tremendous support of my classmates, instructors, and our Practical Nursing coordinator Tena.

Where was your practicum or co-op and how was it?

I did my preceptorship at Vancouver General Hospital Acute Medical Unit. My preceptorship really prepared me as I transition from a student to a practical nurse. My preceptor, who is also an alumnus of Sprott Shaw College, was very supportive and patient while I was learning with her.

How long did it take you to find a job after graduation?

I was hired at Vancouver General Hospital Medicine, 2 months after graduation.

Where do you work? Can you explain your duties?

Having passed my Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination (CPNRE) I am now currently working full time for Vancouver Coastal Health at Vancouver General Hospital – Medicine.

If you could give advice to someone coming to Sprott Shaw, what would you say?

I went back to school because I knew that a diploma will make a difference between making a decent living and struggling to get buy. Education is expensive but no education is [too] expensive. Take your studies seriously and have fun.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Take care of your mental health and learn to manage your time. It can be hectic when you start the program.

Marie Yurag,
Practical Nursing Program
Vancouver – Downtown Campus

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