“What does MUNSS mean to you?”
I have been an active member of the nursing student body since my first year. Back when the programme had small-group PBL and Professional Practice, I was involved with the School of Nursing Collaborative. I frequently engaged with faculty and administration in second year, and got involved with the CNSA (my first position on MUNSS!) in third year to advocate nationally. When I was the official delegate for the Mohawk site for CNSA, I became the official delegate to motion to strike down our contract with Lippincott as an organization. This led to our ability as an organization to offer assistance with French study material and coerce potential academic contractors to better appeal to Canadian nursing study materials. Now, as MUNSS president, I get to buckle down and focus on McMaster University, Mohawk College and Conestoga College in a time where our administration is working harder than ever to deliver a nursing programme that thrusts our university collaborative to the top ranking Nursing programme in Canada. So, what does MUNSS mean to me? It means offering a student voice; a student perspective to the ever changing and often chaotic environment that is programme planning, communications and student integration into post-secondary education. It means helping my peers to become professionals and creating opportunities for change and growth within the programme. It means bridging the gap between faculty, administration, and students, who are ultimately stakeholders in their own education. Finally, It means pushing every nursing student in this programme to be the leader they are destined to be.