More than 4,000 students have graduated from McMaster's nursing programs. Here we meet Krista Sferrazza.
Published: Oct. 4, 2018
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree - Mohawk Site. I graduated from McMaster University with my BScN in 2016.
I am currently a Masters of Science in Nursing student at the University of British Columbia.
How I got here:
Throughout my undergraduate experience I always loved being involved in nursing student life. After my second year, I had the privilege of being a Student Assistant in the Office of Admissions. In my third year, I began my involvement in MUNSS, eventually becoming President of the society in my fourth year. By being involved in student life, volunteering at the hospital and my academic success thanks to the support of the awesome professors, I was able to make great connections and have amazing nursing mentors who recommended that I continue my nursing education at the graduate level. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, I began working at McMaster Children's Hospital on the Pediatric Medicine Ward. I learned so much in the two years I worked there, and it provided me with a great foundation to begin my nursing career. I also had the pleasure and privilege of volunteering in Kenya, Africa with Canadian Nurses for Africa. This two-week nursing mission really opened my eyes to nursing globally and the social and economic disparities in third world countries. After two years of bedside experience, I applied to the University of British Columbia and received acceptance a few months later. I am now in my first semester of graduate school and I am loving it.
Why I chose McMaster BScN:
I chose McMaster BScN because of the recommendable learning style of Problem-Based Learning. PBL was a great way to consolidate my learning from all my courses and helped me see the bigger pictures when caring for my patients in clinical placement.
How my experience at McMaster helped me:
At the bedside, my experience at McMaster has helped me remember the importance of building a therapeutic relationship with my patients. Aside from all the science stuff, which is equally as important, caring for your patient and advocating for them is what makes my work that much more meaningful. McMaster helped me learn the importance of being an advocate and the intimacy of caring for patients and their families. In addition, my McMaster experience has helped me so much since starting graduate school. Having Evidence-Informed Decision Making embedded into the nursing undergraduate curriculum has really given me a leg up in my foundational research courses required in my program.