Bachelor of Science in Nursing:
History & Personal Reflections 1969-2006, by Saru Sony
I graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University in 1999 with a BScN. Following graduation, I accepted a position in Winnipeg, Manitoba as a General Duty RN on a busy Respiratory Medicine and Thoracic Surgery Unit. While in this position I had countless valuable experiences which helped shape my nursing career. These include but are not limited to being a member of the medical nurses committee, as well as a preceptor to new staff entering the unit. I completed a Preceptor Workshop (2000) with the University of Manitoba, and became a preceptor for the University’s Senior Nursing Students who were completing their three month senior practicum.
In 2002, I returned “home” to Antigonish County and took a position at Saint Martha’s Regional Hospital. I was a full time Float Nurse until 2003, when I accepted a position to work full time in the ICU Department. In the summer of 2004, I went on to accept a full time position with Saint Francis Xavier University School of Nursing (SON) as a Clinical Educator. As a Clinical Educator at the SON my work involves instructing third year clinical practicum students, instructing / facilitating both N205 Communication Labs and N275 Physical Assessment Labs, and the instructing and testing that is involved with N250 Intersession. Outside of the classroom and clinical area, I have been a member of the Nursing Practice Committee for the SON, and have been the student advisor to the STFX Nursing Society. I was also a representative on behalf of the SON for the GASHA Retention and Recruitment Committee. During my employment with the SON, I have also been involved with various committees and societies.
I graduated with my Masters in Nursing Degree in 2008. My plans include continuing in professional education, but at this time I am undecided as to the area of focus I am interested in pursuing.I am interested in developing my research portfolio, and hope to pursue an area which involves clinical and practice based research. Since joining the St. Francis Xavier University SON, my focus has been to develop excellence in teaching and clinical supervision, ongoing professional development, and provision of service to the university, the profession and community.
My nursing career is founded on and guided by the CNA Code of Ethics and the CRNNS’s Standards of Practice, and I am dedicated and passionate in directing the training of students to upholding and being accountable to these professional requirements. My commitment to life long learning and professional and community service have enhanced my teaching. I attempt to provide each student with a learning experience and environment which empowers and enhances the student’s ability to practice in a manner which fosters accountability, professionalism, responsibility for one’s actions, and enhances confidence. I aim for excellence in nursing practice, and this encompasses both my practice and the practice for all students whom I supervise.