Bachelor of Science in Nursing:
History & Personal Reflections 1969-2006, by Saru Sony
I am a graduate of the St. Francis Xavier University BScN program (2000), as well as a graduate from Dalhousie University Masters of Nursing program (2003). During my undergraduate studies, I developed a keen interest in expanded nursing roles, specifically, the role of the nurse practitioner which lead me to complete an Advanced Major in Outpost Nursing, consisting of 3 weeks spent at a remote nursing clinic in Mary’s Harbor, Labrador. Graduate studies focused on policy development, and my policy practicum was completed with the First Nations Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada, examining and defining immunization practice policies for nurses working at Nova Scotia First Nations health centers.
As a Registered Nurse, I have worked in adult acute care settings in St. John’s, Newfoundland as well as Halifax & New Glasgow Nova Scotia, with a focus on medicine, telemetry and respirology. In 2003, I accepted a position as Clinical Associate at St. Francis Xavier University School of Nursing, acting as clinical supervisor to students in adult acute care settings during their second and fourth level studies, and as a supervisor in community settings during their second and third year of studies. I have also been responsible for teaching the accelerated option students Introduction to Pharmacology since 2008. As of August 1, 2009 I have accepted a temporary, one-year position as Assistant Professor, and I look forward to continuing to teach pharmacology to the generic and accelerated option students and also coordinating and teaching the Nursing Care of Adults I course. Since August, 2007 I have assumed the role of recording secretary for the School of Nursing.
My research interests have focused on stroke care and standardizing care process, as well as innovative and effective teaching strategies for nursing students. I have presented at professional conferences and have received a development grant from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (2008). Professional memberships include Canadian Congress of Cardiovascular Nurses, Canadian Association of Medical-Surgical Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, as well as current licensure with the College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia.
Aside from my professional responsibilities, I am the proud mother of Anna (4) and Evan (3) who I enjoy spending time with and seeing the world through the inquisitive wonder of toddler-hood. As a mother, nurse and educator, I strive each day to instill values, responsibility and expression of independence in bettering our society and the professional field of nursing.
I endeavor to lead by example, provide quality care and connect with individuals during times of health and illness.