Friday, September 24, 2010

40 after 40: Julie Fraser

Then:

Julie Fraser was born and raised in Maple Ridge, BC. After losing her grandmother to cancer, and with the encouragement of her family, Julie decided to become a nurse, which led her to Douglas College after high school graduation.

“I was very excited to be accepted and starting the program in September of 1993,” she recalls. “I can still remember the first day of class and being so nervous and excited thinking – ‘Could I really become a nurse?’

“I was lucky to meet and connect with great instructors and classmates, all whom imparted valuable lessons about nursing and humanity. The program with a mix of theory, lab and clinical, was not easy, but prepared me for caring for individuals who were struggling through tremendously difficult health challenges.”

Now:

Julie’s successes at Douglas College encouraged her to continue her education. She completed her Bachelors of Nursing and is currently enrolled in the Master’s of Nursing: Educator Option at the University of Victoria. She currently works as a Clinical Practice Consultant in the Professional Practice and Integration department in Fraser Health. In this role I have the opportunity to support new graduate nurses transition into the profession.

“I have been privileged to have practiced nursing for the past 13 years in my local community in the hospital, and long-term care settings,” she says. “My passions in nursing include community nursing, end of life and wound care, mentorship and professional practice.”

40 after 40 is a series showcasing our amazing grads and employees in celebration of our 40th anniversary. Check back every Wednesday and Friday for another inspiring story. See more about our 40th on our Anniversary page.