Melissa and Amy Morrison, two sisters from Bezanson, both are in their first couple years of their nursing careers.
Amy graduated from Bezanson’s junior high in 2010 where she moved on to Peace Wapiti Academy High School and graduated from there in the 2012-2013 school year. In 2014, she began her nursing studies and graduated in 2016 with a diploma in Practical Nursing through Northern Lakes College.
“I didn’t always want to be a nurse, I actually wanted to be a teacher or a mom. But I have always had a passion to help people, and have always admired the health profession and their ability to help people, and as I grew up my heart became set on making a difference in the world.” -Amy Morrison
Currently, Amy has a position in the Valleyview Health Centre where she is working acute care, long term care and emergency/outpatient nursing.
“I have been graduated and working as a licensed nurse for over a year and a half, and it is one of the most difficult yet rewarding experiences of my life. It is a lot more difficult than I had anticipated, but I love my career more than I could’ve imagined. Working in a rural community gives me a well rounded nursing experience, and I feel comfortable and at home providing care in a small community like I grew up in.” -Amy Morrison
“Bezanson School and all the teachers, coaches, parents, and councillors all were essential in me pursuing my career in nursing. Growing up we were always supported in our goals, and everyone wanted to see us all succeed in life. Growing up in a small town granted me with amazing friendships, which were more like family, I grew up surrounded by a supportive group of friends. I have a huge appreciation for growing up in a small community, and the lifelong relationships I gained from it. My advice for people growing up in a small town or thinking of pursuing a career in the medical field is to never let anyone tell you that your goals are un-achievable, or unrealistic. We are fortunate as people growing up in a small town to have a community behind us that will always support us and encourage us to obtain our goals and do stuff that we are passionate about, and I am so fortunate and appreciative to have grown up in Bezanson.” -Amy Morrison
Melissa attended Bezanson School until 2007 where she graduated from grade 9 and moved onto Peace Wapiti Academy from 2007-2010. She then moved on to the nursing program in 2015 and graduated in 2017 from Northern Lakes College. Melissa is now a Licensed Practical Nurse at the Valleyview Health Centre in long term care and acute care. She also takes care of patients, pre and post surgery, on the surgical floor at QEII Hospital. So far her career seems to be doing very well. “Overall it has been great. It’s been challenging, but also rewarding. It’s not an easy job and you are constantly learning new things. Every day you go to work is different, which I like.”
When asked why Melissa wanted to be a nurse, she responded with: “I’ve always had a passion for helping others, and when I was hospitalized as a kid I had a nurse -Chelsea -that made the experience much better for me -she was always someone who stuck with me and I wanted to be able to do the same for others. I like the nonjudgmental approach of nurses who help you no matter where you are at in your life.” -Melissa Morrison
“One of the best things I did in Bezanson was play sports. I truly believe being a part of sports teams allows you to learn how to be a part of a team, work well with others, appreciate your team members. It gives you a chance to be a leader and also take direction from others and these are crucial qualities to have in every aspect of your life. Nursing is all about being a part of a team and it’s important that you can work well with others. I really believe the best thing I did in Bezanson was join the sports teams.” -Melissa Morrison
Melissa and Amy both are doing so well in their careers so far and will for sure be successful in their future. We wish them the best in their future as their experience and knowledge continues to grow.