2019 is a big year for Alicia Alvarez.
In June, she is graduating from Fleming College. In September, she is writing the national exam to become registered to practice as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario. And in October, she is getting married.
But the Practical Nursing graduate enjoys being busy. While studying at Fleming College, Alicia also worked as a Personal Support Worker at Fairhaven LTC and volunteered on Sundays at Pathway Church.
â€śI love people and I wanted a career that was challenging and rewarding, while at the same time allowing me to make a difference every day,â€ť said the Class of 2019 graduate. â€śI have always wanted to be a nurse.â€ť
She is currently busy completing her 10-week nursing consolidation experience, applying the knowledge and skills she gained from the Practical Nursing program in a real healthcare setting.
â€śEven though I feel like I have so much to learn, the content learned in the Practical Nursing program has already proved useful in the real world,â€ť said Alicia about her consolidation experience.
In Flemingâ€™s five semester Practical Nursing diploma program, students learn concepts and skills related to health and nursing, as well as nursing practices and interventions in specific health situations, and more.
Alicia enjoyed Physiology taught by Kim Patterson and Anatomy taught by Kathryn Jarvis most. She explains, â€śThey were always fun and interactive with great everyday life examples that facilitated our learning.â€ť
She describes her time at Fleming as great, adding, â€śI loved the outdoor spaces of the Sutherland Campus and made friendships that will last a lifetime. I also had some amazing teachers that inspired me and taught me things you canâ€™t find in a textbook.â€ť
Now that Alicia is finished classes at Fleming, she is busy preparing her Valedictorian speech for the School of Health and Wellness and School of General Arts and Science ceremony.
â€śI couldnâ€™t believe it!â€ť said Alicia on being selected to serve as Valedictorian. â€śIt took a few days for the news to sink in and then I felt very humbled and honoured.â€ť
In her speech on Tuesday, June 11 (2 p.m.), Alicia plans to remind graduates to never give up, donâ€™t be afraid of failure, and to always fight for your dreams.
After convocation, Alicia plans to work for three to five years and then return to school to continue her education and further develop her skills.
â€śThe healthcare field is constantly evolving, and I believe that continuous learning is essential in order to deliver the best care to patients and families,â€ť said Alicia.