Nursing Week Profile: Undergraduate Student Maha Hassan
Year 2, BScN – Class of 2018
Hometown: Milton, ON
Current town: Toronto, ON
Interests, activities, clubs and professional organizations:
Throughout my two years at UofT, I was a part of the Nursing Undergraduate Society where I served as Vice President in first year and then President this past year. This position allowed me to advocate for student needs in the program as well as creating more opportunities for students to enhance their learning and student experience outside the classroom setting. Aside from student council, I love to travel and do photography. I love how pictures can capture so much. Each picture I take tells a different story.
Why do you want to become a nurse?
I was inspired by my mentors in my undergrad at Western University and at the Central West CCAC. I saw how my mentors who are frontline nurses, nursing managers, directors, policymakers, educators, and researchers were making a real impact on patient care and the Canadian healthcare system at large. I wanted to be a part of this change and the decision to apply for nursing at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing was the best decision of my life. I was given endless opportunities to learn and grow and expand my horizons through the various clinical placements and academic courses.
Overall, nursing is a powerful profession which gives those in the profession the chance to advocate for their patients at the institutional and systems level. I love having the ability to impact the lives of so many people day in and day out. Nursing makes me grounded and feel grateful for all that I have so that I can give back even more.
What is the most valuable lesson — inside or outside the classroom — you learned as a student the University of Toronto?
Getting involved outside of school, whether it be student council, IMAGINE or other clubs and/or initiatives beyond the nursing program. This allowed me to be a part of something other than nursing and also hone my leadership and communication skills. I also learned that it’s okay to ask for help. I learned that we can’t make it anywhere in life, especially in a profession like nursing, without the help of others. I used the resources offered by the faculty of nursing – including the faculty and my peers to get through exams and papers, and also de-brief after clinical.
What is your favourite thing about nursing?
Nursing has given me the power to advocate for my patients and their families to improve their care. To have the privilege to care for patients and their families at the most vulnerable point in their lives and making it as empowering as possible with the care that I provide.
Favourite Bloomberg Nursing professor:
This one’s a tough one. This year, I had the opportunity to work closely with Maki Iwase and Laura Fairley. They both are the epitome of nursing and advocacy. They both go above and beyond to advocate for students in the program. They both represent qualities that I admire most about nursing and continuously demonstrate excellence in teaching and leadership.
“No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him; it is the amount and excellence of what is over and above the required, that determines the greatness of ultimate distinction.” – Charles Kendall Adams
How do you plan to celebrate nursing week?
Thanking all the nurses for all the work that they do and going to take advantage of the freebies offered for nurses like Krispy Kreme donuts and Chipotle burrito bowls.