Scholarship brings nursing goal closer to realization

Going back to school to get nursing degrees a life-long wish fulfillment for Teresa Oyer.

  • Dec. 27, 2016 7:00 p.m.

Teresa Oyer

Teresa Oyer is determined to become a nurse and a recent grant from the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society has fuelled her tenacity.

Oyer, a mother of four grown children and grandmother to five, is in her third year of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program that began at Okanagan College and now has her attending UBC Okanagan.

Making the transfer between the two institutions meant Oyer, now in her early 50s, was eligible for one of the $5,000 transfer scholarships that the Scholarship Society gives out annually. In 2016, the society gave out 109 awards, totaling$545,000.

Oyer is one of five Okanagan College students to receive the scholarships.

It was a significant contribution for Oyer, who admits she has a full plate between responsibilities of family, helping care for grandkids, volunteering with the Central Okanagan Search and Rescue and with the City of Kelowna access programs in addition to her studies.

“I have always been a caring person, and I have always wanted to be a RN. My mom was a nurse. In high school in Kamloops I was a candy striper at Royal Inland Hospital. At Halloween, as a child, I would always dress up as a nurse. I’ve been a health care provider for many years I love teaching, advocating and caring for others.”

Working toward her goal wasn’t as straight forward as it might be for some just-out-of-high-school nursing students.

She began at Okanagan College taking some of her pre-requisites in the school’s Adult Academic Career Preparation department. From English and biology, she took a foray into university arts courses at the college, including psychology and anthropology.

“I was always a good student, but I was not sure how I would do as a mature student,” she confides.

“But my professors were great. They inspired confidence and I felt they recognized that my life experiences could contribute to the classroom.”

As she engaged in the nursing program, she found the small class sizes and quality of instruction reinforced what she had heard about the program’s reputation.

As she entered her second year, that reputation was bolstered in her mind.

“In September last year (2015), I was diagnosed with and treated for lymphoma. I was even more determined that nothing was stopping me from accomplishing my dream. I have always believed that stumbling blocks can be used as steppingstones to success. This belief was followed with encouragement from the nursing staff, instructors and my family.

“My whole goal when I’m finished my studies is to ‘pay it forward.’ I hope to have my Master’s degree before I’m 60 and I am thinking about becoming a nursing teacher someday.”

She is grateful to the Irving K. Barber B.C. Scholarship Society for its support, and has advice for fellow students: “Take the time to find out what financial aid is available to you do the research and apply.”

For more information visit the Okanagan College website dedicated to financialaid for students: Okanagan.bc.ca/financialaid.

 

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