Celebrating with graduates at the South-Central campus in Quesnel

Group photo of all graduates from the South-Central campus in Quesnel. Graduates are wearing cap and gowns, photo is outside.
Students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelo of Social Work and Bachelor of Education programs completed their degrees at the South-Central campus in Qusenel.

Quesnel, B.C. - Jaden Musselman always knew she wanted to make a difference in people's lives and with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in hand, she’s about to embark on a career to do just that.

"I have a genuine passion for helping others and making a positive impact on people's lives," she says. "Nursing is a rewarding profession that allows me to provide care, support, and comfort to those in need, and my compassionate nature aligns perfectly with the values of nursing.”


Person in academic cap and gown in front of Quesnel Campus

Musselman and 12 classmates from the School of Nursing crossed the stage on Thursday at the North Cariboo Community Campus in Quesnel, a culmination of four years of study in the Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program. The cohort began their program with two years of studies at the College of New Caledonia and completed the last two years at UNBC. 

This year’s celebration in Quesnel also included five graduates from the Bachelor of Social Work program, one from the Bachelor of Education program and one Bachelor of Science graduate who completed studies at the Prince George campus, but celebrated with family and friends in Quesnel. 

Musselman's decision to study nursing was influenced by the availability of the program in Quesnel. 

"It was very important to study in Quesnel, my hometown, so that I was close to my family and support system during the four years of a very hard degree," she says.

Musselman was honoured to be selected as a class speaker. At the event she shared her reflections on her time in the program with her classmates and guests at the celebration. She emphasized the importance of embracing the unexpected, maintaining a thirst for knowledge, and finding ways to make their mark on the world.

“The future belongs to those who are daring, compassionate, and committed to lifelong learning,” she says. “Graduation is a launchpad into the world with endless possibilities.” 

For Musselman that means launching into her career as she leaves her hometown to take a job as an emergency room nurse at the Dawson Creek and District Hospital. It’s a role that aligns with her skills and aspirations, offering her the opportunity be part of a team that empowers the local community by creating a healthy, productive and thriving atmosphere. 

Musselman enjoyed all the opportunities to take part in practica during her undergraduate degree but working in a rural emergency room stood out.

“When I completed my final practicum in rural emergency that is where I fell in love, that is where I found my calling and knew that I wanted to start my career in rural emergency,” she says.