NSCC helps AVC grad become nurse

Continuing Care grad Parkerlee Bent is continuing her studies at Dalhousie's school of nursing

NSCC helps AVC  grad become nurse

Parkerlee Bent has dreamed of being a nurse since she was a child.

"The first biggest moment in my life was graduating from NSCC with honours because I was the first one in my family to go into post-secondary education. The second was the phone call saying that I was accepted into Dalhousie University." ~ Parkerlee Bent

Fast Fact

Parkerlee hopes to one day work with Operation Smile, which offers free surgeries to children around the world to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities

Parkerlee Bent has always felt calm in hospitals. It didn’t matter if she was accompanying family on a visit or was ill herself; they constantly set her mind at ease.

“My brother was diagnosed with epilepsy and I remember one very sweet nurse who would sit with us and go over tests. I also grew up watching a lot of medical shows, so I’ve been drawn to hospitals all my life.”

Although she dreamed of being a nurse, Parkerlee wasn’t sure she could manage it academically or financially. Then she discovered the Continuing Care program at NSCC’s Annapolis Valley Campus.

“I chose it in part because it was close to home. I could assist my mother with finances and help look after the house. But I was drawn to it because of its reputation of having extra help for students who struggle in certain aspects of school.”

Getting the support

Parkerlee quickly found out just how supportive NSCC’s instructors are. “Carol-Anne Cowan and Joy Brown in particular helped me believe in myself again and re-ignited that fire I had when I first knew I wanted to do this. Even when I felt like giving up, they helped me realize what I was capable of.”

In fact, Joy found a way for Parkerlee to realize her dream – Dalhousie’s Transition Year Program, which provides financial and academic support to Black and Aboriginal students. 

“We all cried when we heard she got in,” says Joy, who teaches Essential Skills at the campus. “She’s a hard worker, she knows what she wants to do and she is always helping others. She really deserves this and I believe she’ll succeed.”

Now focused on earning her RN, Parkerlee looks forward to being the nurse who provides comfort to families in their time of need.
“This is my purpose in life and I will never be happier than when I am a nurse. Every time I think about it, I get butterflies, and that feeling is also what helps keep me motivated!”

 

25/09/14

"The first biggest moment in my life was graduating from NSCC with honours because I was the first one in my family to go into post-secondary education. The second was the phone call saying that I was accepted into Dalhousie University." ~ Parkerlee Bent

Fast Fact

Parkerlee hopes to one day work with Operation Smile, which offers free surgeries to children around the world to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities

Comments

Parkerlee is my niece and one of the sweetest young women I know. Dalhousie's TYP program is a Godsend ... and is NSCC. I am thankful to all the staff who touched Parkerlee's life in a positive and meaningful way. Special thanks to Joy Brown Carol-Anne Cowan for the faith, hope and encouragement you kept alive in Parkerlee when she was facing personal problems and gave of herself to help strengthen her family; and put her own dreams and desires on the back burner. My niece is blessed to have a healthy spiritual background and a loving family. Her dedication and love has helped encourage her Mom, and they supported each other through many hard times. I am very proud of both of them. Thank you for presenting Parkerlee as she is ... a dedicated young woman who has found an inner strength and because some people cared enough ... she will succeed in her dream. I am sure of it. 2014-10-31 16:43:28
Shirley Parker

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