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B.K. Merritt has spent nearly his entire life in a hospital, and now he wants to help other people like him.
A B.A. in nursing and clinical psychology, Merrit has been a nurse for nearly two decades.
He says it’s something he always knew he wanted to do, but it never seemed possible.
“I think I’m a little bit of a perfectionist and I’m very selective in the way I approach my work,” Merrett says.
“But I’m also very open to new ideas and new ways of thinking.”
He was also the first B.S. student to earn a master’s degree in nursing, which he says has helped him overcome the stigma around being a nurse.
“It has allowed me to be more self-confident, more open to learning new things, to be able to really open my mind and my heart to other things,” Merrtitt says.
A few months ago, Merrtett’s partner and fellow nursing student, Kristi Larkin, also wanted to get into nursing.
“My dream was to be a nurse and get into a program, but I didn’t think it would be this easy,” Merrillitt says, laughing.
“So I said to myself, ‘Hey, if I’m going to do this, I’m gonna do it right.'”
“We’re just trying to do what we love, so I think that it was just a matter of time until we did it.”
The Merrits started nursing as a hobby about six years ago, but after a few months of practicing, they decided to try their hand at it full-time.
They’ve been together since they were 14, and since they’re both nursing students, Kristina and Kristi are both passionate about teaching and providing health care.
“We do our own little workshops, and we talk about what the challenges are and how we can make things better,” Kristi says.
“And then we take a look at how we’re able to be successful in that area.”
Kristi and Kristin, along with Merratt and the other nursing students in their program, have been involved in the health-care workforce for more than 10 years.
Kristina and Merratti, who both have full- time jobs, are working part-time jobs in the private sector.
Kristi Larkins’ and Kristina Merratts’ careers have been in the public sector.
Kristi is currently in her third year of a nursing career with BC College of Nurses.
(CBC News)”We both have so much passion in this field, and Kristie is very passionate about nursing, and she’s very passionate in the arts,” Kristina says.
While Kristi and Merrilletts were working full-timers, Kristin also volunteered in the community, and is currently working part time as a community outreach worker in the downtown Vancouver area.
The couple has both made a point of telling their stories to their families, friends and coworkers, and it’s not always easy for them to find time to talk about their careers and work, but they’re grateful for that support.
For Kristi, she started working full time at the B.T.C., and was able to find some time to spend with her parents, who are both registered nurses.
And Kristi has learned that her colleagues at the hospital are more than happy to share their stories with the public.
“For me to have an opportunity to share with people, it was very gratifying, and very rewarding,” Kristic says.
Kristina Larkin says it has been “very satisfying” to see her colleagues share their experiences.
When Kristi was first starting out, she says she was unsure about what she wanted to study, but her parents had offered her a job in a nursing clinic, which was very similar to what she was doing in her current position.
Now that she has a more complete picture of her career, Kristie says she can see the opportunities in nursing to be just as successful.
“There are lots of things you can do in nursing,” she says.
It’s very rewarding to be around a lot more people than you used to be,” Kristin adds.”
If you do all that, you’re going to be happy.”
“It’s very rewarding to be around a lot more people than you used to be,” Kristin adds.