Mary-Jane Ducsharm

Registered Nurse/Educator

Registered Nurse, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Nursing

What are the roles and responsibilities in your current position?

Registered Nurse (surgical and intensive care unit)
Nursing Educator (Clinical roles at Conestoga College and in-class teaching role through McMaster University)
Curriculum Development Consultant with SNP

What barriers did you have to overcome to succeed?

Understanding and supporting the strength of individuals has been my most noted barrier when working with students. Supporting individual needs helps to augment their existing knowledge, and guides a new path for learning.As hard as it is, it does go by quickly and is quite rewarding because once you graduate you have the skills and knowledge to be able to help the people in your community.

What is your advice for healthcare students?

As a student I was told I wasn’t smart enough to do much with my future. Despite completing college right from high school, and becoming a nurse, I believed what I had been told until I was an adult. I didn’t return to university to complete my degree well into my 30’s.
Take as many opportunities as you can to watch, help and ask questions. As healthcare providers, we were all students at one time, and sometimes that is forgotten. As someone looking at a healthcare profession, you have the ability to do and be whatever you want! There are so many people willing and able to help and cheer you on along the way!

Contact Mary-Jane for more information on her professional field and support!
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