From a dishwasher to a Licensed Practical Nurse

Garden Valley Collegiate
Winkler, Manitoba

By Mandie H. (Grade 12)

As a young teen, Dianne worked as a dishwasher at a local restaurant in her home town. She has had many jobs in her hometown: dishwasher, nanny for a Jewish family and even went for an interview to become a airplane attendant. She got tired of giving all she had and getting nothing in return. She decided to take her Licensed Practical Nurse training (LPN).

Having to wait for ten months for a response, she decided to go back to working as a nurse's aid. Dianne was slowly getting bored and making little money. She experimented a bit, and within about a twelve-month period, she had finally made up her mind. She took training at Red River Community College to become an LPN.

Working as a part-time nurse and a full time mom, she rarely has time for herself. Dianne often gives people treatments and often helps the nurse's aides. The different shifts Dianne has can really throw a person off track. She has finally been able to work around her schedule and still make time for her family.

Dianne has been taking care of people for most of her life. She said, "I can't see myself doing anything else."

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