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VP McMaster

SHARON NWAMADI | Level 4 McMaster Site

Why did you decide to join MUNSS?

Well I’ve been on MUNSS since my second year of nursing. I’d say the major catalyst for me joining back then was that I felt a lack of purpose and belonging. I got tired of simply going to class and going back home and never making connections with people so to me joining the nursing society was a great way to make those connections and bond with like-minded individuals.

What are some goals this year regarding your MUNSS role (i.e. plans, events, changes you want to make, etc.)?

As VP, my major role is overseeing the work of others. So in the grand scheme, my goal is to ensure that events run smoothly this year. Though I am interested in running transition to the workplace workshops that provide information about getting temporary licenses, what it means to be unionized and your rights at work.

What advice do you have for your fellow nursing students?

My advice would be to branch out and take breaks. Nursing school is hard. It’s not always going to be a good time, and having hobbies or seeing your family and friends is important for creating an adequate support system.

 A fun fact about yourself, or the craziest thing you’ve ever done!

I shattered my joint in my pinky finger when I used to play basketball and now have screws holding my finger together. I’m like, half man, half robot. Elon Musk could never.

If you would like to get in contact with Sharon, you may contact her at vp.mcmaster@munss.ca

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VP Mohawk

ALEXANDRA (ALEX) WILMS | Level 3 Mohawk Site

Why did you decide to join MUNSS?

I love McMaster with my whole heart and after being involved in Welcome Week for 3 years, co-planning it for this last year, I realized that I wanted a position with MUNSS so that I could have a year-round position to help our nursing family feel more at home. McMaster is our home away from home, no matter what site you come from, and I want to help ensure that every single student, in all years of nursing, know that they have a support system that is always ready to catch them if they stumble on their path.

What are some goals this year regarding your MUNSS role (i.e. plans, events, changes you want to make, etc.)?

I don’t want to spoil any surprises for what we have planned this year, but I personally am looking to collaborate more with other clubs within the McMaster community. Hopefully, the McMaster Public Health Association (MPHA), and the Pride Community Centre (PCC) in particular. I am always open to collaboration and new ideas so please reach out if you have any contributions you would like to make!

What advice do you have for your fellow nursing students?

Focus on you. Nursing is a very client-centered career and it can become incredibly draining if you forget to take care of yourself. Take time for you, do things that make you happy; exercise, cook, be with nature, read, watch movies, play video games, etc. It’s important to put the time and effort into this program to succeed; you get out of it what you put into it. That means work hard and do your best, but it also means that it’s important to bring a healthy and happy mind that is open to learning and new experiences. If you need help, there are so many options available to you on campus. Peer-tutoring, Student Success Center, Student Accessibility Services, MUNSS, faculty members, and friends are all available resources for you to use; all you have to do is ask.

A fun fact about yourself, or the craziest thing you’ve ever done!

I play linebacker for one of the extramural McMaster Women’s Football Teams and even though I freeze my toes off at almost every single game, I wouldn’t trade the experiences I’ve had or my team for the world.

If you would like to get in contact with Alex, you may contact her at vp.mohawk@munss.ca

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VP Conestoga

ANDREA RIDEOUT | Level 3 Conestoga Site

Why did you decide to join MUNSS?

I have always been involved in student leadership growing up, and various student initiatives throughout my school that would connect students, give them a voice, and create an opportunity for them to expand their social horizons. Coming into Level 1, I saw MUNSS as a great way to get involved and stay connected myself, and to also work with the students and faculty to make a positive impact on the program. I love being connected to the rest of the program and to the nursing community, and MUNSS is the perfect avenue for that!

What are some goals this year regarding your MUNSS role (i.e. plans, events, changes you want to make, etc.)?

This year as I have a mental health placement at Grand River hospital, as well as mental health illnesses throughout my family, both have inspired me to increase awareness and knowledge surrounding mental health conditions throughout the program. With the help of the faculty, I am hoping to work towards providing regulated training and learning opportunities for students specifically geared towards mental health in order to equip them with skills that will prove useful across any division of nursing and health care. Being one of the Vice Presidents this year, it is also a goal of mine to continue to connect students from different levels and sites; through MUNSS day and different initiatives throughout the year, I’m excited to help the level 1’s feel welcome and comfortable, as well as being a resource for other executive members, and the student nursing community!

What advice do you have for your fellow nursing students?

I think the best piece of advice that I would give to my fellow nursing students would be to find something you’re passionate about, a stress reliever, or even a good group of people that have a positive impact on your life in some way or another. It’s a given that this program is tough, but it is so important to remember that while you are learning and becoming a nurse to take care of others, you also need to take of yourself. Self care, for nursing students – for any student – is a key factor in success, not just in the program but in your life in general! Another thing that I have come to realize myself over the years, through my own experiences, and from countless professors – don’t stress the small stuff. Yes, grades are important; always give your best. But becoming a nurse isn’t about getting straight A’s. It’s about providing the best care for your patient and knowing enough to apply it and save a life – no patient will ever ask you what grade you got on an essay. Use your brain, but never forget to use your heart!

A fun fact about yourself, or the craziest thing you’ve ever done!

The craziest thing I have ever done would probably be skydiving! A week before I started first year, a friend and I decided to go skydiving. It was hands down one of the best experiences and I would definitely recommend it, and do it again! If you can forget about the 11000 foot drop, the views were amazing!

If you would like to get in contact with Andrea, you may contact her at vp.conestoga@munss.ca