Adriana Bucz, BSN '16, School of Nursing
I am inspired that my career will be able to grow with me and that I have an endless array of possibilities in front of me.
Why did you choose to pursue nursing as a career?
I was drawn to the multitude of options that a career in nursing could provide me. Nursing covers a very broad spectrum – we have the ability to work closely with individuals and their families at various points along the health/illness trajectory, as well as collaborate closely with other interdisciplinary team members. Nursing offers considerable autonomy, while also emphasizing teamwork. There are hundreds of different ways to work as a nurse, whether in remote community settings, participating in research projects, or working in a large urban hospital. I am inspired that my career will be able to grow with me and that I have an endless array of possibilities in front of me.
What are some of the most memorable moments from your time in the program (academic or otherwise)?
I had the opportunity to volunteer in northern India during my December break as a nursing assistant with a palliative care organization. I was able to learn from palliative care experts and to collaborate with an international team to provide care to underserved communities and families. I feel very fortunate to have had this experience – not only did it consolidate much of my learning, it also emphasized for me the importance of bringing a holistic perspective to my nursing practice. It was a chance for me to bring the lessons I had been learning at UBC, particularly around relational practice and interdisciplinary collaboration, into a practical real-world setting. As the team working with minimal resources, we sometimes had to be creative in our approach, and draw on our individual skill-sets to create care plans that addressed both physical and psychosocial needs.
How are you applying the skills you learned through your studies at UBC?
I appreciate UBC’s emphasis on developing a relational nursing practice; I take the time to engage with each individual/family I am working with and try to actively collaborate with my clients on their care plan. UBC has also prepared me to be an active member of an interprofessional healthcare team, with opportunities throughout the program to collaborate with other team members. Taking part in interprofessional programs such as Health Mentors, for example, strengthened my ability to communicate with other disciplines. I feel UBC helped to develop my unique voice as a nurse, and I am now able to actively contribute to the team.
What advice would you give a student considering nursing?
Nursing can be a very challenging profession, but it is also immensely rewarding. I learned early on to take advantage of the resources around me – my fellow students, faculty, clinical instructors and other nurses, as well as associations such as the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, to reach out and to ask for what you need! I felt very well-supported during my time in the program, and taking the time to reach out to the resources I had around me made all the difference.
In what ways do you hope to continue to interact with the school and your fellow alumni now that you are graduating/have graduated from the program?
My wonderful fellow classmates are the best thing about my program at UBC. I have learned so much from my peers and know that I will continue to draw on them as a source of support and learning as I continue in my career. Many of us look forward to working together and meet regularly to discuss healthcare issues and our response to them. I am so fortunate to have graduated with these terrific people as my life-long resources.
What are your goals for the future?
Upon graduation from the program, I will be working in acute medicine and oncology. Oncology nursing gives me the opportunity to work across the care spectrum – providing supportive care, acute intervention or palliative care to individuals in need. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to become chemotherapy-certified and pursue a specialization in oncology. I also look forward to continuing to work in acute medicine and consolidating my skills in this fast-paced environment.
I intend to continue working and volunteering in remote and rural areas globally and to pursue international collaborations whenever possible. One of the things I appreciate about nursing is that I have an endless array of options as I move forward. I am equally inspired by acute care settings and community health initiatives. I look forward to the opportunity to explore various facets of nursing in the years to come.