Selkirk nursing student wins UVic award of distinction

Selkirk nursing graduate Kara Sundberg's GPA was not only the highest in her nursing program, it was the highest in the faculty.

Selkirk nursing graduate

Selkirk nursing graduate Kara Sundberg recently won the University of Victoria faculty of human and social development’s Award of Distinction for the highest grade point average of all graduates in the faculty.

Sundberg’s GPA was not only the highest in her nursing program, it was the highest in the faculty, which included students from seven other programs.

“I feel honoured to have won this award, especially among so many great students in my graduating class,” said Sundberg.

Sundberg, who lives in Crescent Valley, chose to attend Selkirk’s nursing program because she had the option to stay closer to home while obtaining her degree from UVic.

“It was very important for me to have the option to study at Selkirk and stay close to home,” said Sundberg.  “I don’t think I would have gone back to school if the option wasn’t available.”

She earned her first degree from UVic in biology and began working in forestry and fisheries, but developed an interest in human physiology, which led her to nursing. Nursing is a great fit for Sundberg, who has been described by her senior instructors as quietly accomplished and humble, offering serene care for others, especially those who are marginalized in society.

Ruth DuBois, nursing program coordinator and one of Sundberg’s instructors, says “Kara is very supportive of people in need, whether it’s been another student in her class, clients and patients, or those living on the fringe.

“Along with her academic excellence, she has always valued helping people and has focused on holistic and collaborative ways to do that.”

Sundberg’s experience at Selkirk was positive and supportive.

“The instructors were incredibly personable and supportive, and the small class size and diversity of practicum experiences provided me with a great learning environment,” she says.  “I also wanted to get involved in my community and thought nursing was a good fit for this.”

Sundberg is now working as a nurse on a medical unit at Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson and her plans are to pursue a career in Nelson or the surrounding area.

“This is my community and this is where I hope to remain,” she says. “I hope to gain as much experience as I can over the next year or two and eventually specialize.”

Just Posted

Dryer incident at Teck Elkview Operations

Locals report hearing loud bang

Judgment reserved in Nakusp school sex trial

Trial concluded today with lawyer’s summations

New Denver emergency ward to remain 24/7

Interior Health says it’s postponing changes to operating hours.

Genelle ‘vehicle incident’ under RCMP investigation

Regional firefighters respond to car fire Sunday night

Kootenay Boundary remains in unusually dangerous avalanche period

Avalanche Canada says it expects snowpack conditions to get better soon

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Leafs down Border Bruins in penalty-filled game

Logan Wullum stole the show for Nelson in the 4-1 win

SKI TIPS: The key to skiing in heavy powder

Whitewater Ski Team coach Dylan Henderson shows how to navigate powder with ease

Leafs’ five-game winning streak snapped by Nitehawks

Nelson fell 4-1 on the first of three straight games this weekend

The book club master

Nelson’s Hazel Mousley takes book clubs to the next level

Glacier freezes competition in Spokane

The gymnastics club returned home with 35 medals

Remembering the man who carved Nelson’s iconic welcome signs

Art Waldie did the majority of the work on the signs in the 1970s

LVR Bombers fundraising for 3 players

Rugby teams hope to help trio of students go on tour in March

Most Read