Basketball star finds her calling with the Nursing program off the court

By Sucheta Singh

She’s already a star on the court with the Royal’s Women’s Basketball team. Now, Simran Bir is taking that drive and determination to help the youngest patients at the hospital with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. But it wasn’t until her pediatric rotation at BC Children’s Hospital that Simran found what she really wanted to do: work with kids.

“The connections I made with these children and their families was very rewarding,” she says. “And, on the pediatric ward, you work with such a range of ages, so it keeps me on my toes, which I love.”

The Nursing program at Douglas College is one of the most technologically advanced training facilities in B.C. Graduates of the Douglas program are considered some of the best educated nurses in the province and are highly sought after by employers. Currently, B.C. needs thousands of nurses to fill vacant positions and serve the growing population.

As for Simran, after she graduates she plans to pursue a specialization that will allow her to work on the pediatric surgical floor. And, of course, continue playing basketball.

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