Homayra Ahmed is RNAO Nursing Student of the Month
Jan 29, 2021
By Guylaine Spencer
Photo above: Homayra Ahmed at the Ontario University Fair 2018 where she was the nursing ambassador.
A McMaster student has been named Nursing Student of the Month by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO). The RNAO describes the awardees as “outstanding, enthusiastic and diligent nursing students across Ontario” and selects them based on nominations.
Homayra Ahmed is in her fourth year of the BScN program. “I am so honoured and humbled to be receiving this award right before graduation in April,” she says.
For the past two years, Ahmed has been engaged in volunteer work with her fellow nursing students. She is the level 4 representative for MUNSS (McMaster University Nursing Students Society) and last year she was the awards chair for the group.
She is also the founder and president of McMaster Hope for Hearts, a club devoted to raising awareness of congenital heart defects. “This is our second year with McMaster Hope for Hearts,” she says. “We raised $200 for the McMaster Children’s Hospital last year. This year we held a congenital heart conference.” Her interest in this activism was motivated by her own struggle with dextrocardia, a rare heart condition.
Ahmed has faced other challenges as well. Last semester, while doing her clinicals, she worked three part-time jobs to support her family, who at one point were in search of permanent housing. “Despite living in a shelter, I was still able to attend clinical,” she says. The family is now settled, and Ahmed is back to working one part-time job.
Ahmed is a familiar face around the offices of the McMaster School of Nursing, in part because she worked as an administrative assistant for the school in 2019. “During my time working with Dr. Nancy Carter, Carla Dawson, Dr. Ruth Chen, Rose Vonau, and Dr. Denise Bryant-Lukosius, I learned so much about being a nurse leader and about advanced practice nursing. This reinforced my decision to continue my studies eventually and become a nurse practitioner. I want to say thank you to the School of Nursing including all my clinical tutors and PBL instructors and to the McMaster Student Success Centre who has helped me tremendously with providing hope when it seemed impossible. I also want to thank my mother and sisters and all my friends who have been watching my journey and supporting me throughout.”