By: Tiana, PLANS Co-op program participant
My name is Tiana and I was a participant in the PLANS co-op program. I joined the PLANS Co-op program because I had no idea what I wanted to do after high school. All I knew, was that I wanted to go into something in the medical field. Nursing was my first option, and respiratory therapy was my second. Even though I had these ideas in mind, I had no idea what university I wanted to attend. I didn’t think I could ever get a scholarship with the classes I took in high school, and I didn’t know about all the opportunities that are out there for African Nova Scotian students. Without PLANS, I wouldn’t have been able to figure all of these things out.
The most significant experience for me is whenever we would have a hands-on activity to do. For example, the respiratory therapy students from Dalhousie had brought in a respiratory doll to practice intubating people. They taught us how to get the tube inside of the lungs, instead of the stomach; the two often get mixed up for beginners. For audiology, they had brought in the actual machine they use to test a person’s hearing. They taught us how to use the machine and got us to practice on each other. These were two of many notable experiences for me because they were interactive and we got a chance to learn what actually happens in that specific profession, and this is what made our co-op sessions fun.
PLANS has helped encourage me to pursue a career in nursing. A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders now knowing what I want my career path to look like, and how to get there. They pointed me in the direction of programs I can take to get the education I need in order to go into Dalhousie’s nursing program. I want to thank Sarah, Sydney, and everyone else involved for helping me over the course of the program. You have helped me more than you know and I deeply appreciate it.