Health Care Stage Survival Tips

Student HAN Survival Tips & Top 10 list.

The 2nd year Health, Assistance and Nursing students are out on their final stage – one of the last steps before paying for their licenses and becoming professionals within the Quebec healthcare system.

The students have been divided into groups and are at four different healthcare facilities; Lakeshore Hospital, St-Mary’s Hospital, the Huntingdon Hospital and the Barrie Memorial Hospital.

I have the pleasure of supervising the group at the Barrie Memorial Hospital in Ormstown.  Being a former graduate from the program myself, I can relate to their excitement and anticipation as they eagerly wait to put their hard work to practice in this exciting field!

With graduation fast approaching, we begin the time-honoured tradition of passing the torch to those who are looking for a little guidance before joining our program in the future. In that spirit, I’ve asked the students to offer up a little “insider advice” they might have for incoming students to the Licensed Practical Nursing program and our Top Ten list is as follows:


1.  Make sure you have a good support system (Tracy Rafter, student LPN)

2.  Google a lot (Narges Pourmajidi, student LPN)

3.  Always keep the final outcome in mind (Nathalie Thériault, student LPN)

4.  Be motivated and remain positive (Geraldine Szapiro, student LPN)

5.  Learn the art of time management

6.  Expect the unexpected

7.  Sit in front of the class

8.  Lots of caffeine

9.  Carry lots of pens

10. Wash. Your. Hands. (CVCEC teachers)

Different strategies work for different people, but some common sense approaches will help you make it smooth sailing to graduation day.

Lisa Dobson, Healthcare Stage Supervisor

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