A Message to Nursing Students
From Yessica Belsham (Student/New Graduate Liaison Co-Representative)
Yessica Rivera Belsham is on path towards her goal of being a Registered Nurse. She is anticipating graduation from the Laurentian University/St. Lawrence College (LU/SLC) collaboration Bachelors of Science Nursing (BScN) program in 2017.
Her passion for the study of aging began during her 2nd year of Drawing and Painting at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U). The anatomy illustration class within OCAD U granted the art students to be involved in the Body Donation Program of University of Toronto and studied cadavers. She reflected on all those beings and all their possibly untold life stories, and passion increased for the study of aging and being a part of caring for individuals holistically during their older years, with dignity, compassion and great respect.
Her passion increased as she began in the BScN collaboration program at LU/SLC due to her first year, first semester placement at a palliative care department of a local hospital and then first year, second semester placement on the and did placement on the geriatric floor within the same hospital. In addition, she has had the privilege of being a volunteer in palliative supportive care and grief and bereavement support at Hospice at Kingston since October 2013 in which she had the pleasure of caring for many seniors within the community.
Yessica also gained great interest after she attended an event organized by the formerly known GNAO Kingston (now GNAO South East Chapter) in the Spring of 2013 and was then welcomed as a student representative of the local chapter. Currently, Yessica is ecstatic to be a board member of the provincial GNAO.
I welcome any questions or thoughts you might have as a student or new graduate interested in gerontology. You can contact me by clicking here. Or connect with other students through the Student Discussion Forum.