Making a difference
~Justin Opal didn’t always know he wanted to be a Registered Nurse. He had previously achieved professional designations as both a Forest Technologist and as a Personal Fitness Trainer. ~
When Justin was exploring options for his future, he reflected on what was most satisfying to him and knew that he wanted to have an impact on people’s lives. A career as a Registered Nurse was a great way for Justin to have the opportunity to interact with others in a meaningful way.
When choosing a school to obtain his education, Justin looked to College of the Rockies for both its convenient location and for the smaller class sizes. After completing five semesters at College of the Rockies, Justin was able to block transfer to University of Victoria to complete his Bachelor of Science in Nursing. “I am very appreciative of the level of education I received at College of the Rockies. It created the foundation I needed to succeed at the University of Victoria,” says Justin.
Justin not only completed his Nursing degree with distinction, he also completed Basic ECG Interpretation/Emergency Nursing Theory, Applied Suicide Intervention training and Cognitive Behavioural Interpersonal Skills training.
With the help of the New Graduate Transition Program, Justin was able to find full-time employment immediately after completing his education. Now working as a Registered Nurse on the busy orthopaedic unit of Victoria’s General Hospital, he is able to gain valuable experience. Justin noted, “The staff I work with are very supportive and have made all the difference as I consolidate what I’ve learned over the last four years and continue to refine my practice.”
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