Toronto nurse who graduated from BCIT has practical advice about going into the profession

BARRY HORECZY
POSTMEDIA NEWS

Gurleen Gill

Gurleen Gill, 28, just marked her five-year anniversary as a registered nurse. She was born in New Delhi and emigrated to Canada from India at age six with her parents. Jennifer Roberts/For Postmedia News

Gurleen Gill, a Toronto-based community nurse, has some straightforward advice for anyone thinking of going into nursing as a career.

“Go into it for the right reasons and really pace yourself and know your limits,” she says. “It’s easy to get burned out in nursing. Understand how much you should do … Find out what you love about nursing, get in touch with what your skills are and what you’re strong at and see if it coincides what it takes to be a nurse.”

Gill, 28, just marked her five-year anniversary as a registered nurse. She was born in New Delhi and emigrated to Canada from India at age six with her parents. She says empathy for her patients has been crucial to sustaining her in her career since graduating from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Burnaby, B.C.

“I don’t want to be biased, but you do see nurses that sometimes go into nursing because of the pure opportunities or just because with nursing as a profession you’re guaranteed a job after you finish school.”

But she says this isn’t necessarily a practical approach to a demanding job. “You can get jaded easily and you see that in the way it affects the care. Do it for the right reasons: you really want to help people. You love health care. You don’t mind really putting your heart into this, you don’t mind giving as much as you possibly can. It’s a lot to ask of people, but nursing is part of that and it’s a very fulfilling career.”

Nurses are in high demand across Canada, with a plethora of opportunities and starting salaries approaching $60,000 for unionized registered nurses.

“Nurses are one of the most in-demand health care professions because they are needed everywhere,’’ says Barb Mildon, president of the Canadian Nurses Association. “The nursing profession carries a wide range of possibilities. Nurses are found in all sectors of the health-care system — hospital, home care, long-term care, community clinics, family health teams and public health — and in many different roles — clinical practice, administration, human resources, government, research, education, and more. With all of these possibilities, nursing is a career for life.”

Doris Grinspun, chief executive officer of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, says life as a nurse has been wonderful for her.

“There are so many advantages (to going into nursing) I could go on for hours. I have been in the profession for many years and I would choose it all over again,” Grinspun says. “You absolutely make a difference in the lives of people and communities, whether it is in the lives of patients at difficult times or at happy times and all between in the lives of the patients and their families. Or it could be at the community level working in public health and all the way into the international community.

“The rate of influence and impact that you have on people’s lives is tremendous and the satisfaction that comes together with that is beautiful.”

Helena Myllykoski, associate professor at Mount Royal University’s School of Nursing in Calgary, says that unfortunately she sees many people enter the profession for the wrong reasons.

“There’s plenty of non-caring people that thrive in nursing in terms of what their agendas are,” said Myllykoski. “They make good money, they have flexibility in their work, they get to move around. They might not really give a fiddler’s fart about somebody. But to enjoy the work, to make it meaningful, that’s where the caring comes in.

“I’m hopeful that people will grow as they move through their own lives, that they’ll grow into that deeper thinker, that involved professional who deeply cares. And sometimes life has to happen to them for them to develop that empathy.”





Featured

Immigration lawyer Richard Kurland with client Bhupinder Singh Brar at the CBSA office at the Pacific Highway Border Crossing in Surrey, BC Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Jason Payne/ PNG

‘Technical glitch’ means long-haul trucker can’t take job waiting for him, and must return to India

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI Long-haul trucker Bhupinder Singh Brar is in high demand for Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program — yet the Canada Border Services…
Continue Reading »

Sexual luring online - Cyberbullying

Surrey cricketer and his brother busted by Facebook security for Internet luring

JANE SEYD NORTH SHORE NEWS A Surrey man has been sentenced to house arrest after he was busted by Facebook security for inappropriate sexual chat…
Continue Reading »

British Columbia

McDonald’s puts temporary foreign workers program on hold after Victoria franchises controversy

THE CANADIAN PRESS VICTORIA — McDonald’s Canada says temporary foreign workers are a necessary ingredient in the fast-food chain’s business model, but until the company satisfies…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Immigration lawyer Richard Kurland with client Bhupinder Singh Brar at the CBSA office at the Pacific Highway Border Crossing in Surrey, BC Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Jason Payne/ PNG

‘Technical glitch’ means long-haul trucker can’t take job waiting for him, and must return to India

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI Long-haul trucker Bhupinder Singh Brar is in high demand for Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program — yet the Canada Border Services…
Continue Reading »

Sexual luring online - Cyberbullying

Surrey cricketer and his brother busted by Facebook security for Internet luring

JANE SEYD NORTH SHORE NEWS A Surrey man has been sentenced to house arrest after he was busted by Facebook security for inappropriate sexual chat…
Continue Reading »

British Columbia

McDonald’s puts temporary foreign workers program on hold after Victoria franchises controversy

THE CANADIAN PRESS VICTORIA — McDonald’s Canada says temporary foreign workers are a necessary ingredient in the fast-food chain’s business model, but until the company satisfies…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Desi Dad

Single dad smuggles daughter in suitcase from Morocco to Spain (w/video, photos)

CEN AGENCY A Moroccan dad who tried to smuggle his daughter into Spain by hiding her in a suitcase so that she could have a…
Continue Reading »

Mouse deer

World’s smallest deer that’s more like a ‘mouse’ born at a Spain zoo

CEN AGENCY The world’s smallest deer – more like a mouse – with a heritage stretching back millions of years has been born at a…
Continue Reading »

Russian social services have confiscated a two-month-old baby from his mother after she pushed him onto the rail tracks in his pram during a heated row with the boy's father. CEN Agency

Video: Angry mom wants baby back that she shoved onto train tracks (w/gallery)

CEN AGENCY Russian social services have confiscated a two-month-old baby from his mother after she pushed him onto the rail tracks in his pram during…
Continue Reading »

Rape-Gang rape-crime against women

Indians view rape as ‘very big problem’: Poll

MATTHEW PENNINGTON THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — A new poll shows that Indians view rape as a big problem in their country and think the…
Continue Reading »

Desi-bhoot bangla-China-Asia

Gallery: No one wants these luxury villas in ‘The City of the Dead’

CEN AGENCY These are the luxury homes that no-one wants in a place locals call ‘The City of the Dead’. Over 100 villas here have…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Salman Khan-Jacqueline Fernandez

London bus drives off Warsaw Bridge causing panic, turns out to be a Bollywood shoot (w/video, photos)

CEN AGENCY Polish police received panicked calls after this London double-decker bus drove off a bridge, and plummeted into a river in the Polish capital…
Continue Reading »

Music-Bollywood-desi sex symbol

Priyanka Chopra’s latest single ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ already a hit on iTunes in 24 hours

IANS Mumbai – The going is great for actor-singer Priyanka Chopra. She is out with her third solo single “I can’t make you love me”,…
Continue Reading »

condom-ads-Durex-sex-booty shake

Video: Bollywood actor and Durex brand ambassador Ranveer Singh urges people to try ‘the Rex’

IANS New Delhi – Actor Ranveer Singh, who has done bold scenes in movies like “Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela” and “Band Baaja Baaraat”, is now…
Continue Reading »