Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

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Student of Distinction: Carina Jacob

This award honours a current undergraduate nursing student who has made significant contributions acting as a change agent, resource, and mentor within his/her undergraduate nursing program. This student also shows active involvement in RNAO Regions/Chapters/Interest Groups.

Western University nursing student Carina Jacob has always recognized the opportunities RNAO provides to students. Joining the association in her first year (2014), and becoming a student liaison a year later, Carina has spread the word about the benefits of being an RNAO member on social media, in classrooms, and at university information booths. With her RNAO chapter and university student council, Carina helped organize a student event this year where nurses from diverse backgrounds were invited to talk to students about their career choices. Carina has also taken advantage of the opportunities to speak out for nursing students, RNs and NPs, participating at RNAO’s Queen’s Park on the Road and the 2016 annual general meeting. When asked why it is important to get involved with your professional association, Carina says “…you need to be up-to-date on the issues surrounding nurses and also speaking out for those issues.” Looking to the future, she says she aspires to be a palliative care nurse and nurse practitioner.