With health care in spotlight, some Ontario nursing programs see record applications – CBC

‘It really gives me hope for the future of the profession,’ says one nursing educator

Sep 01, 2022

When Princess Jibrin told her mom she was interested in following her path and pursuing a career in nursing, she says the response was a mix of excitement and caution.

She will work some 14-hour days, Jibrin’s mom, a recently retired critical care nurse in Hamilton, Ont., told her. She will see things that take a toll on her mental health — things that “break” her, she recalled of the conversation.

But Jibrin says nursing is her calling.

“You’re going to be doing what you love and you’re going to be helping people at the end of the day,” she said.

Jibrin is one of the thousands of people who applied for a spot at an Ontario nursing school this fall, as some programs report a record number of applicants. The Nigerian-born, Hamilton-raised 23-year-old accepted an offer to George Brown’s practical nursing program starting this fall.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/nursing-applications-ontario-colleges-shortages-1.6569262

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