Shayleen would like to become a nurse. Or
perhaps a doctor.
"I like staying on my feet, staying busy. So I was
thinking of Emergency Department nursing," she
says. "Nurses are in charge of a group of patients,
so my job would be to make them feel better."
But she is also attracted to the idea of becoming
a pediatrician. Shayleen got a close-up look at both
career possibilities through MCEP.
"Going to HSC was amazing," she says. "I
followed the vascular access team around and
watched them put IVs into patients. I got to follow
nurses and health-care aides. I saw a brain tumour
at the MRI; I could see all the vessels around the
tumour, and that was so interesting," she says.
Shayleen has also stepped up her performance
in the last year and a half. "One day she got a 79
in math, and immediately wanted to know how
to make up for that," says Stacie Jaworski. "She's really
interested in health care, and is thinking about
working up north."
"I want to encourage all of my little cousins and
siblings to finish school and do something with
their lives. I want to be a positive role model for all
of them. Going to university will show them that if I
can do it, they can do it," says Shayleen. "As much
as they encourage me, I want to encourage them.
I want to help people feel better because when
they're sick and I help them, it feels good to know
that they can think, 'Thanks to Shayleen, I'm feeling
great. If it wasn't for her by my side, I would still be
sick.' It's a good feeling inside when you know that
you are making people feel better."
"Growing up in northern Manitoba, I know there
are not that many health-care professionals in those
communities. I would like to make a difference in
people's lives up there, especially for the people
who cannot leave their reservations and need help."
Back to "The Class of 2012"
Wave is published six times a year by the Winnipeg Health Region in cooperation with the Winnipeg Free Press. It is available at newsstands, hospitals and clinics throughout Winnipeg, as well as McNally Robinson Books.
Read the July / August 2012 issue of Wave