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Bachelor of Nursing grad says degree provided him with deep personal fulfillment

Posted by Dal Health Communications on July 6, 2023 in Students, School of Nursing, Alumni & Friends
Dylan Joudrie will be working in vascular surgery, and may return to school to pursue his MSc Nursing.
Dylan Joudrie will be working in vascular surgery, and may return to school to pursue his MSc Nursing.

Congratulations to all of our Dal Health Class of 2023! To celebrate Spring Convocation, we chatted with students from across Dal Health. Dylan Joudrie graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Nursing).

Convation Q&A: Dylan Joudrie

  • Pronouns: he/him
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science (Nursing)
  • Where you’re from: Pictou, Nova Scotia

How significant is it for you to receive this degree?

Receiving my nursing degree is of immense importance to me. It has provided me with career opportunities, opportunities to grow professionally, the ability to provide quality patient care, professional recognition, deep personal fulfillment, and the opportunity for lifelong learning and advancement. My degree serves as a personal testament to my dedication and competence in the nursing field.

What were the highlights of your degree?

Clinical Rotations: These hands-on experiences allowed me to apply theoretical knowledge in a healthcare setting, interact with patients, and work alongside experienced nurses and healthcare professionals. Each rotation provided unique learning opportunity and the chance to develop practical skills and gain confidence in my abilities.

Mentorship and Collaboration: Building positive relationships with faculty, preceptors, and my fellow students was an extremely rewarding aspect of nursing school. Mentoring and collaborating with others, through peer support and participating in interprofessional activities, helped create memorable moments and foster a sense of community for me. I would like to especially thank Dawn Googoo, the L'nu Nurse Initiative Lead and Chair Indigenous Health Nursing, for her support over the years. Dawn's support and the support of others in similar roles make it possible for Indigenous students to navigate an educational system steeped in colonialism.

What will you miss about your time at Dal?

As I transition into my nursing practice, I've found myself thinking about these previous few years. I will miss studying at the CHEB. I will miss the community of peers, faculty, and staff who share goals and passions regarding healthcare. I will also miss the mentorship and the opportunities for personalized feedback, career advice, and guidance on professional development.

What was your journey to Dal and to this program?

My journey to Dals school of nursing was not particularly complex. I sat down with my guidance consultant in high school, seeking advice on what direction I should take going forward. I wanted to do a healthcare related degree but didn't know which one. After weighing my options, nursing was clearly the top choice for many reasons.

What topics/research/work did you become passionate about during your education?

During my time in the nursing program here at Dal, I have come to have a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the issues that affect our modern-day healthcare system. I have become passionate about nursing research and would like to participate in such research more so in the future. I have gained a greater appreciation for providing high quality patient care.

What’s next for you?

I will be working in vascular surgery for the time being. Afterwards, I am considering returning to school for a masters in nursing and potentially go on to getting my nurse practitioner license.