Programs and Services: Meet B.C.'s Nurses
As the professional association representing all nurses in British Columbia, NNPBC is committed to ensuring that the voice of all members are heard. Many nurses have indicated their interest in learning about their nursing colleagues across the province from all domains of practice, and from every stage of their career. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to profile just some of B.C.'s fantastic nurses each month.

If you would like to recommend a nurse to feature, please let us know by contacting info@nnpbc.com.

Featured Nurse:

Cathy Farrow, RN, MSN

Cathy Farrow, RN, MSN, is an instructor in the Health Care Assistant program at the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College.

Interview Questions

  1. Why did you decide to enter the nursing profession?
  2. How did you get to where you are today?
  3. What has been the most rewarding thing in your nursing career?
  4. What has been the most challenging?
  5. What advice would you give to new nurses?
  6. Nursing is...


If you would like to recommend a nurse to feature, please let us know by contacting info@nnpbc.com.

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Why did you decide to enter the nursing profession?

I can't say that there was any real 'calling' but I was looking for a career. The two-year program (at the time!) and proximity to the college were influencing factors. Once I started in the program and working I loved it!
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How did you get to where you are today?

So many things - it has been a 36-year journey!
  • Firstly, I have always pursued continuing education both formal and informal - be it speciality nursing (e.g. ICU/Emergency), BSN, then MSN, and most recently the Provincial Instructor's Diploma Program (PIDP). I feel it is important to anticipate where you want your next career move to be, and then begin developing the knowledge and skills that will help take you there.
  • Secondly (maybe this should be first!), making friends and establishing relationships along the way. I wouldn't be the nurse I am today without the mentorship and support of friends and colleagues.
  • Thirdly, volunteering and participating in events, projects, and health/professional organizations, etc. For example, I have been a member of the Gerontological Nurses Association of BC and held volunteer Executive positions at the Chapter and Provincial levels.
You could say I'm passionate about the nursing profession. It has always been more than just a 'job' for me.
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What has been the most rewarding thing in your nursing career?

The most rewarding thing for me is feeling that I make a positive difference and learn something new every day. Be it with patients (residents/clients), staff, students or colleagues, I try to add joy with purpose to our time together and learn something from every interaction. I hope I do that.
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What has been the most challenging?

Well there certainly have been a few challenges and ‘bumps' along the way. Looking back, the manager role was the most challenging, due to multiple pressures and competing agendas.
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What advice would you give to new nurses?

Find a job that you love so that you bring positive energy and perspective to your work and workplace. Jane Goodall said, "What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make." As nurses, we make that decision every time we go to work.
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Nursing is...

the most varied, challenging, and rewarding career!