Hometown: Onion Lake, SK
Program: Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Jessica Harper is excited about her future. After completing her dental assistant certification at Saskatchewan Polytechnic seven years ago, Jessica is now working toward achieving her nursing degree.
"I worked in Onion Lake as a dental assistant, and working with RNs in the Healthy Mom & Baby Teeth clinic made me to want to do what they did," Jessica says. "With my degree, I will have a broader way to help with more things in my community – I still have my dental assistant certification, though, and I won't let that lapse."
She came back to Sask Polytech and the U of R for nursing because of the accelerated fast track program that will allow her to complete her degree one year earlier. That's one year sooner that she can make a bigger impact in her home community of Onion Lake First Nation. There she hopes to work as a community health nurse with a focus on Type 2 diabetes prevention. "My dad was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes at the age of 38, and I have several other family members who also have Type 2 diabetes. There is so much we could be doing to prevent this disease."
"With my degree, I will have a broader way to help."
The SCBScN program is run jointly by Sask Polytech and the U of R.