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Nursing community wellness

Ashley Wannop | Class of 2014

Bachelor of Science, Nursing

"I have always been interested in pursuing a career within the mental health field," says Ashley, "and I thought nursing was a good way to accomplish my goals."

Today Ashley is Registered Nurse in the Assessment and Stabilization Unit of Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Employing almost 1,200 staff, Ontario Shores is a public hospital in Whitby that provides a range of specialized assessment and treatment services to those living with complex and serious mental illness. 

The field of mental health was a common topic of conversation in Ashley's home because her mother is a mental health nurse. Ashley was pleased to be accepted into the University of Ontario Institute of Technology because the campus was nearby and offered exactly the program she was looking for. She enjoyed the hands-on courses and field placements. "UOIT provided me with the supportive learning environment I needed to become a competent and confident nurse."

Ashley is gratified to be embarking on the career she's been looking forward to for many years – and with the employer she aspired to work for. She's also looking forward to contributing to the mental health of people in the community.