Roseway Hospital Student Sponsorship Program now accepting applications from physiotherapy students


SHELBURNE, N.S. Making it easier, and more affordable, for a student to receive training and find a health care career in Shelburne is one of the goals of the Roseway Hospital student sponsorship program.

The program is a partnership between Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and the Municipality of Shelburne, the Town of Shelburne, the Municipality of Barrington, the Town of Clark's Harbour, the Town of Lockeport, the Roseway Hospital Auxiliary and the Roseway Hospital Foundation.

Another goal of the program is to recruit and retain new graduates for positions that have been hard to fill. To date, the program has sponsored four former students who are now working at Roseway Hospital.

The sponsorship program is currently looking for applications from students enrolled in, or accepted into, a physiotherapy training program.

“Supporting students who are studying to become a physiotherapist will help us improve access to health care services for patients,” Roseway Hospital site manager Jodi Ybarra said. “I want to thank our community partners who contributed financially to this program and will play a role in encouraging the students to stay in the area long after the terms of the sponsorship program are over.”

Priority will be given to students from Shelburne County, but all applications will be considered. The program will sponsor one physiotherapy student and provide $4,000 per year for two years to help with tuition costs. The successful applicant will be expected to work at Roseway Hospital for at least two years after graduation.

Interested students are asked to provide a completed application form, current resume, official transcript from the appropriate school, three reference letters and a short essay explaining why they want to become a health care provider in a rural area. Application forms are available by contacting 902-875-4144 ext. 2212  or

Here are some of our past recipients:

Starling Nickerson, diagnostic imaging technologist
As a young girl, Starling Nickerson remembers helping members of her family when they got sick. “I decided that if I enjoyed caring for my family, I’d also enjoy taking care of others as a career,” said Nickerson.

Nickerson first thought she might go into nursing. Then a guidance counsellor at Barrington Municipal High School organized a visit to the hospital where Nickerson got to experience the diagnostic imaging department. “This experience as a student made it clear that a career in radiological technology best suited me,” she said.

Nickerson said she always planned to return to Shelburne County. “My goal was always to come back and work at the Roseway Hospital to give back to my community. I feel very honoured to be selected as one of the successful applicants of the Roseway Hospital student sponsorship program.”

Robynn Christie, registered nurse
As a graduate of the Dalhousie School of Nursing's Yarmouth site, Robynn Christie is fulfilling a family dream. Her mother and grandmother both dreamed of becoming nurses, but were not able to pursue it.

Christie was the first nursing student from Shelburne County to receive a bursary from the Roseway Hospital Health Care Student Sponsorship Program.

“I love to work inter-professionally. It is great to have the views of many health care professionals and to work together to provide the best patient care,” said Christie.

Kaitlyn Shand, registered nurse
When she was a child, Kaitlyn Shand remembers the time she spent visiting a relative in the hospital who had been diagnosed with cancer.

“The care they received from the nursing staff was phenomenal,” said Shand. “Among all the negative memories, the nurses are the one positive thing I will never forget.”

Shand continued to be inspired by those who mentored her as a student nurse at Roseway Hospital. “I know that sounds cliché,” said Shand, “but after taking the nursing program, and working in long-term care over the summers, nursing feels less like a job and more like a passion.”

Jessica Madden, registered nurse
Giving back to the community has always been important to Jessica Madden.

Growing up in the Barrington area, Madden has coached young people in softball and bowling, and has organized and hosted several memorial lob ball tournaments in her community. She also has been a fundraiser and participant in the Relay for Life in memory of a dear friend. It is the memory of her friend that helped shape Madden's career plans.

“Having a friend with cancer who spent a vast majority of time in and out of hospitals certainly influenced my decision to become a nurse,” said Madden. “Being from a rural area has inspired me to want to give back to the community. I believe that working at Roseway Hospital as a registered nurse is great opportunity to give back.”

While still a relatively new nurse, Madden has some advice for anyone thinking about nursing: “This career is very rewarding, and I cannot picture myself doing anything else at this point.”


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