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New Horizons

Well hello again. It has been awhile, so of course lots of transition and growth has happened. I am on to the next adventure now, the pursuit of advancing myself as a nurse. The NP program is in full swing. Oh how it was once so far away, and oh how quickly it has pulled me deep into its grasp. The nursing role is a never-ending expansion of possibility and potential. It’s an endless opportunity to help people, not only specific to their health journey, but positively contribute to their life journey as well.


I always find it incredible to observe how every path leads to yet another, and every path creates more knowledge and growth that continues to expand without limitation. This last year has been a hard year, but the hard years are when we end up learning the most about ourselves and what we have to offer the world.


It was ten years ago this month when I walked into my first clinical placement setting as an RPN student. I had no idea where the journey would take me, the only thing I did know was that I was well on my way. I had found the place where I belonged and I had started on the path of my childhood dream. Ten years fast forward and I am still committed and passionate about the nursing profession. The connections I have experienced in my practice continue to be the driving force for everything I do.


I am excited to move forward on this new adventure that is everything about possibilities, and has a clear goal of providing the best quality care for anyone, in anyway I can. Previously I had identified specifically as a rheumatology nurse. I am proud of that part of my practice and value the experience and wisdom it brought me. I see myself in a slightly different light now. I recognize all of my experiences as a whole, before and after rheumatology. Every path and journey has contributed equally in a special way to shape me as a nurse. For now, the role has switched and I am once again a student, a nurse practitioner student. The process of shedding my old identity and embracing transition has begun. I’m welcoming it with open arms, and I’m also trying to remind myself to enjoy each step as it comes.


“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage”. RWE


EA. Aitken

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