My route to the nursing program at Seneca was somewhat unusual. I worked briefly as a nurse in Russia, but when I came to Canada more than 25 years ago, not having adequate language skills and raising a family prevented me from continuing with my career. I did a lot of different things before I went back to nursing. I was a dental assistant, I was a stay-at-home mom, and I was an esthetician. Eventually I realized that my passion for nursing was still there, and I decided to go back to school.
I liked Seneca right away. Even during the initial tour and program introduction - it was obvious that Seneca had a very knowledgeable, experienced and caring faculty. The location was great - I loved that it was away from the hustle and bustle of the city, in a park-like setting, with trees and lakes all around.
I was not disappointed. During my two years at Seneca's Practical Nursing Diploma Program, I learned and experienced a lot. The professors were great, they gave us the theoretical foundation for our future career; but even more important, they were all nurses with many years of experience who could teach us the practical aspects as well.
After graduation, while looking for a job, I heard many employers express very positive opinions about Seneca's program and tell me that they like to hire Seneca graduates.
I ended up choosing a career in Community Nursing. It is demanding, but it is also exhilarating. You get to meet so many different kinds of people, and you get to form long term relationships with your clients, as some of them may be in your care for several months. I really like that aspect of the job. I am looking forward to a rewarding career and I am really thankful to Seneca for giving me the opportunity to return to my chosen profession.
Rimma graduated with honours in 2007 from the Practical Nursing Program.