My Experience as a Mature Male Nursing Student

My Experience as a Mature Male Nursing Student

I recently completed my second year of nursing studies at GPRC and the journey has been filled with learning opportunities, hands-on experiences in different clinical settings (including long-term care, public health and maternity and pediatrics), stresses and times where I questioned myself, “why am I doing this?”

Being a student in my 40’s with the majority of classmates who are half of my age makes me think sometimes, “is this the right place for me?” I remember one of our instructors last year mentioned that when you reach over 35 years of age, 100,000 brain cells die every day; no wonder sometimes I feel nothing is going into my brain. 😊

GPRC male nursing student Ram Neupane in one of his classes.

Being a male nursing student where nursing is still considered as a female-dominated profession, my experience has been wonderful so far with very little not-so-wonderful moments. When I was in a long-term care clinical setting, patients and staff at the facility were happy to see a male nursing student as some of the patients needed physically demanding care. Whereas in my maternity clinical settings, many female patients were not comfortable with a male nurse. There are some moments where I missed some learning opportunities in the maternity clinical setting just because I am a male student. It is very interesting because many of the same patients would not be uncomfortable if the doctor was a male. I hope the stigma behind male nurses changes over time because, at the end of the day, nurses are here to help, no matter their gender. I am excited to be a part of that change and to be a male nurse. Even with these challenges, I know that I have chosen the right career path for me!

Submitted by GPRC Nursing student and Student Ambassador, Ram Neupane. 

GPRC Wolves: New Recruit to the Men’s Volleyball Team

GPRC Wolves: New Recruit to the Men’s Volleyball Team

GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball Head Coach, Mitch Schneider is pleased to announce the signing of Zachariah Ohori to the program.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball new recruit, Zachariah Ohori. Zach is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Hailing from Prince George, British Columbia, Zachariah (Zach) is bringing a ton of great experience to the Wolves this upcoming season. Zach brought home the Provincial Championship in 2019 with his BC U18 team, an upgrade from the bronze provincial medal he brought home with his BC U16 team in 2017. Also in 2017, Zach brought home a silver medal at the Western Nationals with his U16 Club team. Finally, in 2016, he brought home a provincial silver with his BC U15 team.

Zach is looking forward to starting his post-secondary education at GPRC as he’s enrolled in a Bachelor of Science, University Transfer program. He is most looking forward to “playing at a post-secondary level of volleyball and connecting with the Grande Prairie community.” Zach is looking forward to attending GPRC thanks to its “great academic options financial support put in place for its student-athletes.”

Head Coach Schneider is looking forward to welcoming Zachariah to the squad this upcoming season.

“The men’s volleyball team is excited to welcome Zach to the program.  He brings tremendous experience as a well-rounded volleyball player who has shared team successes by winning medals at the National level as well as Provincially in BC.  Zach has experience playing in multiple positions and he comes from an excellent volleyball program in Prince George.  We know he has had great competitive experiences and he has been well trained, it is awesome to have Zach join the Wolves.”

Welcome to the pack, Zach.

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GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball Head Coach, Mitch Schneider is pleased to announce the signing of Trey Sanderson to the program.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball new recruit, Trey Sanderson. Trey is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Heading to Grande Prairie from Medicine Hat, Alberta, Trey Sanderson is looking forward to joining the wolf pack and continuing to play volleyball with his Olds College Broncos teammate, Lane Matthews. Trey played for the Broncos last ACAC season, and before that brought home multiple wins with his high school team.

Trey is looking forward to continuing his education at GPRC, where he will be studying business. He is most looking forward to “getting to know all the athletes and coaches at GPRC.” He’s excited to “get some ACAC wins and hopefully a medal under our belt.”

Head Coach Schneider is looking forward to having Trey out on the court in the upcoming season.

“Trey brings experience and versatility to our program that will help add a piece to our puzzle as we build toward our team goals for the fall.  His experience in the ACAC’s South Conference will certainly help add depth and competitiveness for next season.”

Welcome to the pack, Trey.

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GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball Head Coach, Mitch Schneider is pleased to announce the signing of Lane Matthews to the program.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball new recruit, Lane Matthews. Lane is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the pack from Villeneuve, Alberta, Lane is bringing a ton of great experience to the squad. Most recently, Lane was named Male Athlete of the Year in 2018 for the Olds College Broncos.

Lane is looking forward to continuing his education at GPRC, where he will be studying business. He is most looking forward to “being a part of a new culture and school, and being able to bring his attributes to the team.” Another key factor in why Lane chose GPRC was because he gave him the opportunity to watch over his little sister, Lana who will be joining the Wolves Women’s Volleyball team next season.

Head Coach Schneider is looking forward to having Lane out on the court in the upcoming season. “We are excited to welcome Lane to our program. His experience, maturity, and competitiveness are going to make him a great fit for us and help us towards achieving our team goals next season.”

Welcome to the pack, Lane.

Learn more about your GPRC Wolves here and how you can continue to help support their athletic and academic goals.

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GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball Head Coach, Mitch Schneider is pleased to announce the signing of Josh Dumont to the Men’s Volleyball program.

GPRC Wolves Men’s Volleyball new recruit, Josh Dumont. Josh is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Hailing from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Josh is bringing a ton of great experience to the Wolves this upcoming season including playing in the GPRC Wolves Volleyball All-Star game in grade 11 and this past December while in grade 12 . The soon-to-be St. Joseph Catholic High School graduate was part of the gold winning Team Alberta at the 2018 Arctic Winter Games, was crowned the 2017 Tournament All-Star at the Kelowna Best of the West tournament and brought home a silver medal in 2017 at the Les Jeux de la Francaphonie Canadienne.

Josh is excited to join the wolf pack and start his Bachelor of Education degree at GPRC. He is looking forward to representing and competing for his hometown and also being challenged at the ACAC level to help reach his goals of continuously bettering his skills and becoming a better athlete.

Head Coach Schneider is looking forward to having Josh out on the court in the upcoming season. “Josh is an exciting athlete who has been an excellent leader and competitor through his high school and club career. We are proud to have Josh joining the program to continue to compete for Grande Prairie!”

Welcome to the pack, Josh.

Learn more about your GPRC Wolves here and how you can continue to help support their athletic and academic goals.

5 Lessons learned in Robotics

5 Lessons learned in Robotics

Robotics is a rollercoaster of an adventure. Even the simplest of tasks become the greatest challenge. As a Computer Science major, it truly is eye-opening and really makes you appreciate the simplest things.

  1. Don’t strive for perfection

One of the quotes that really stuck with me in this class was, “Perfection is the enemy of the good”. Sensors will always lie to you, your code will be perfect, but the performance will never be. Spending days trying to get that extra centimetre in for the full marks will drive you crazy. If it’s close, it’s good enough to move on. Spending hours on making everything run perfectly, then to present and have something go off is incredibly frustrating.

  1. The sensors are not to be trusted

I’ve spent days fighting with the robot to shoot a laser at a target. Somehow it would always detect some reading on the opposite end of the room and fail the task. After countless readings and hours analyzing the sensor readings, it was discovered that the sensor was faulty and needed to be replaced. Once replacing the sensor, it worked almost perfectly.

  1. Large problems can be broken down into simpler problems

For the final project of robotics, we were required to put the robots through a large obstacle course. This obstacle course was comprised of all the tasks we completed throughout the year. The more we looked at it, the bigger and more complex it seemed to get. At this point, we listed all the tasks required on the whiteboard and worked on them one at a time. This made things much simpler and produced much more success.

  1. If it works once, it may not work the next time

The number of times I’ve completed a lab assignment and tested the robot, and had it work, only to have something go wrong in the demonstration is countless. There have also been times where we tested the robot countless times only to have the batteries run low, thus causing the robot to behave differently. We have had to learn to find a balance between testing or tweaking and demonstrating. This was most apparent during the final project. We spend days working on the robot charging it every night. Things would change as the day progressed due to the battery depleting and led to more frustration. As the deadline drew closer and closer, we finally found a balance.

  1. The most difficult challenges prove to be the most rewarding

There have been numerous occasions where an assignment would take well over a week of work to complete either due to complexity or some error. Spending as much free time as possible in an attempt to complete these assignments quite often led to no success or small steps forward. Time would go by and something would click. The solution would present itself to you. This often happened at the strangest moments. Early in the year, we were stuck on the 4th lab assignment. Sensors wouldn’t read properly; motors wouldn’t operate as they should. We spent well over two weeks trying to make them work properly. Later, in the week, while working on a separate assignment the thought occurred to me: What if we didn’t set the motors up properly on day one? The next day I went into the robotics lab. Sure enough, there was a missing wire. Replacing the missing wire resulted in immediate success. Everything worked as needed. Solving that problem which stumped us for weeks was the most satisfying experience.

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GPRC Wolves: New Recruit to the Women’s Volleyball Team

GPRC Wolves: New Recruit to the Women’s Volleyball Team

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball Head Coach, Chantelle LaMotte has been working hard to build onto her talented roster for this upcoming season. She is pleased to announce the signing of Beaumont recruit, Hayley Hall to the program.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Hayley Hall. Hayley is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the squad from Beaumont, Alberta, Hayley Hall is bringing a ton of experience to the upcoming 2019-2020 season.

Bringing home a bronze medal at provincials with her team the Ponoka Warriors in 2017 and most recently, brought home a bronze medal at the Premier 3 tournament with her team, the Edmonton Nooks in 2019. Hayley digs deep and is a teammate who is always encouraging others on the court.

Getting ready to start her Bachelor of Social Work degree at GPRC, Hayley says she is most excited “to see what college volleyball looks like.” She is looking forward to continuing to improve her skills and work hard to gain more of a skill set under the direction of great coaching and mentorship under seasoned athletes.

“I was given an awesome opportunity to play volleyball at a collegiate level for a team that I am excited to learn from and grow with,” says Hayley when asked why she decided to continue her academic and athletic career at GPRC.

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is looking forward to having Hayley added to the roster this upcoming season.

“We are very excited to have Hayley on board. She is a physical, dynamic player with tremendous potential.”

Welcome to the pack, Hayley.

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Women’s Volleyball Head Coach, Chantelle LaMotte  is pleased to announce the signing of two new recruits to the program.  

Say hello to Halle Krall and Kari White as we welcome them to the pack.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Halle Krall. Halle is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the squad on the court this season is Halle Krall. Hailing from Peace River, Alberta, Halle is looking forward to repping the Wolves colours as she completes her Bachelor of Education – Elementary degree.

Halle is bringing some great experience to the squad after she secured a spot on the GPRC Wolves All-Star Volleyball team roster in 2017 and 2018. She also brought home Bronze this past season at Provincials.

Halle is excited to start this next chapter of her academic and athletic career.

“I chose GPRC because it’s close to home and has great academic programs with a smaller campus feel,” she said. “It also has great sport supports in place. I’m most excited to play with a new group of girls that have a lot of experience while I’m learning new skills.”

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is looking forward to welcoming Halle to the pack.

“Halle is going to bring some excellent skill to our roster this season,” said LaMotte. “The entire squad is looking forward to welcoming her.”

Welcome to the pack, Halle.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Kari White. Kari is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Local recruit, Kari White is joining the pack this upcoming volleyball season. Hailing from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Kari is bringing a ton of great experience to the squad. Bringing home the Provincial title in 2017 and a bronze Provincial medal in 2018. Kari also was named the 2018 All-Star at the Louis St. Laurent Tournament and brought home a bronze medal at her 2019 Premier 3.

Kari is excited to be joining the Wolves and start her Bachelor of Science degree at GPRC.

“I grew up watching Wolves volleyball games and the culture GPRC has is something that has always inspired me,” said Kari when asked why she chose GPRC. “Grande Prairie is a volleyball community and gives you a sense of belonging and togetherness as a player and a team.”

Kari is most excited about “being challenged by my talented teammates and the competition at the ACAC level.” She is looking forward to continuing to work hard and grow her potential.

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is very pleased to be adding a talented local athlete to the Wolves roster.

“It’s also fantastic to be able to recruit local talented athletes. We are looking forward to welcoming Kari to the squad and getting to grow together as a team.”

Welcome to the pack, Kari.

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GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball welcomes to new recruits on March 26.

Say hello to Lana Matthews and Heather Holtz as we welcome them to the pack.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Lana Matthews. Lana is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Hailing from Villeneuve, Alberta, Lana is bringing a ton of great experience to the Wolves this upcoming season. She has experience playing in the 2016 Alberta Winter Games, Beach Volleyball leagues in YEG and won gold at the AVA Premier 2 in 2018. Lana also won gold with her team in her last year of high school at Morinville Community High School.

Lana is excited to join the wolf pack and start her post-secondary journey at GPRC.

“I chose GPRC because of the great sports community with excellent sport and academic supports,” she says. “Plus it’s cool that my high school team was also the Wolves, so it’s great to continue with the name. “Once a wolf, always a wolf.””

Lana is most looking forward to having a competitive year with strong players and good mentors during her upcoming rookie season with the Wolves.

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is looking forward to having Outside Hitter, Lana out on the court in the upcoming season.

“Lana is a dynamic attacker and an all around skilled passer, defender and server. We are excited to have her on-board. She has a very strong passion and relentless work ethic for the game of volleyball.”

Welcome to the pack, Lana.

GPRC Wolves Women’s Volleyball new recruit, Heather Holtz. Heather is committing to the Wolves for the 2019-20 season.

Joining the squad as a hometown rookie, Grande Prairie Composite High School graduate Heather Holtz is excited to be a part of the exciting future of GPRC and the Wolves Volleyball program.

Heather is bringing some awesome experience to the Wolves including bringing home silver in 2018 when her team, the South Peace Volleyball Club (SPVC) Blizzards were named #2 in Division 2 in Canada. Placing again in 2019, Heather along with her SPVC teammates bought home bronze at the Alberta Premier 2 and were named third in the province.

Heather is looking forward to starting her post-secondary journey at GPRC while being able to play with new and experienced players. “I am excited to be on an ACAC level team and playing against other Colleges and Universities at a high level and intensity than I’ve ever played at before.”

Heather chose GPRC because “it’s close to home, so I can be with my family and since I am unsure of what future career path I want to take, I can take courses through the Open Studies program and see what interests me while playing volleyball.”

Head Coach Chantelle LaMotte is thrilled to be adding a talented local athlete to the Wolves roster.

“Heather is an accomplished local athlete from the South Peace Volleyball Club who brings speed and a strong jumping ability to the court. She will be an asset as both an attacker and blocker in the middle position for the Wolves. We are very excited for Heather to join the pack.”

Welcome to the pack, Heather.

Learn more about your GPRC Wolves here and how you can continue to help support their athletic and academic goals.