Student of Distinction: Carleigh Higgins
Carleigh Higgins is a nursing student at Queen’s University in Kingston. She is entering her fourth year of study. She is actively involved with RNAO, holding an executive position on the Palliative Care Nurses Interest Group (PCNIG) and participating as a member in a variety of other interest groups, including Maternal Child Nurses’ Interest Group (MCNIG) and Nursing Research Interest Group (NRIG). At school, Carleigh takes on leadership opportunities whenever she can. She is a co-president in the Queen’s Nursing Research Club and is director for the Queen’s University Canadian Blood Services chapter. During her down time, Carleigh is known to volunteer at Providence Care Hospital in Kingston, as well as the health-care facilities on her campus, known as Queen’s Student Wellness Services. She is looking to continue her nursing education at Toronto’s SickKids Hospital this summer, as a clinical extern. Her goal is to pursue pediatric mental health nursing following graduation.
The Student of Distinction award honours a current undergraduate nursing student who has made significant contributions acting as a change agent, resource and mentor within their undergraduate nursing program. This student also shows active involvement in RNAO regions/chapters/interest groups.