Fresh off his graduation, Edmund Walsh starts work Monday as a nurse at Western Memorial Regional Hospital.
But if the Corner Brook native has his way, he won’t be out of school for long.
Walsh was among the graduates honoured at the Western Regional School of Nursing’s Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) program’s graduation and awards ceremony Friday at the Pepsi Centre.
In addition to his diploma, Walsh also took home four awards at the ceremony, including the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador Leadership in Nursing award, the Health and Community Services Scholarship in Nursing Administration and the Victorian Order of Nurses Community Corporation Scholarship.
He also was awarded the Western Regional Health Authority’s Graduate academic award for having the highest academic average in the program.
After the ceremony, Walsh said he’s “very interested” in graduate school and is considering working toward’s his PhD with hopes of a career in hospital or university administration.
While he described the feeling of finally finishing the program as surreal, he said he enjoyed the clinical aspect of nursing school the best because it gave him a chance to have a tangible, positive impact on the lives of his patients.
This, he said, has fueled his desire to keep studying and learning.
“I absolutely love being in the university setting,” said the former member of the university’s board of regents. “I’ve just fallen in love with the university community and graduate studies will allow me to continue in that capacity.”