Reflections and Revelations: The Nursing Student Journey
The Canadian Nursing Students’ Association
(CNSA) believes strongly in advocating for the profession of nursing and for
the provision of quality healthcare for all Canadians. As they pass through
their educational program, nursing students grow personally and professionally,
sometimes at a seemingly exponential rate, as they are exposed for the first
time to the many experiences privy only to a nurse. As knowledge, skill, and attitudes
are moulded into that of a competent nurse, students are challenged to explore
their experiences through reflective essay and other projects. However, quite
often these beautiful evidences of learning and development of the nursing
spirit are read only by one’s instructor and/or close peers.
CNSA is calling on you send us your
nursing student stories so they can be shared across Canada! We want your
stories for two reasons: First, the stories will help nurses and nursing
students feel more connected to the profession of nursing as we come to
understand that, even though we provide care behind closed curtains, our
experiences are often similar. Second, sharing our stories with the public will
help the public to know a little bit more about what nurses do, why they are so
essential to healthcare, and how they are educated. So, pull those valuable
stories out of your minds and out of your reflections, get them onto the page,
and send them in to CNSA!
We are looking for short stories and poems
about your personal experiences as a nursing student as you make your way
through the challenges and achievements of your program. For example, you can
write about the first moment where you really felt like you made a difference
in a patient’s life, a challenging learning experience that you overcame, or an
exceptional experience with a preceptor or tutor. Submissions must be
non-fictional and should have inspirational appeal (i.e. exciting, sad, funny).
Written tactfully, stories of disillusionment with the profession and/or
healthcare will also be considered for publication. Overall, your piece should aim
to leave the reader more hopeful, connected, thankful, passionate, or even more
motivated to open a dialogue about the state of the profession of nursing
and/or nursing education.
All works selected will be compiled into a
book and published for purchase by nursing students, healthcare professionals,
and the public! Profits made by this endeavour will go directly to a Canadian
group, charity, program, or cause that positively impacts the health of
Please see below for the official criteria
for submission of written pieces and if you have any questions, concerns, or
require any assistance with respect to this project, please feel free to
contact the Director of Communications.
Criteria for Submission
should be no more than 1200 words.
may be written in English or in French.
works must be submitted with a completed submission form.
anonymous or author unknown submissions will be accepted.
that have been previously published will not be accepted.
can be stories or poems, but not essays, eulogies, sermons, or journal entries.
submissions should be personal works and not technical essays, references
should not commonly be necessary. However, if a reference must be included to
avoid copyright infringement, please source it using current APA formatting.
to the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA). Please contact
email@example.com if you require assistance with disguising patient
identity within your story/poem.