On the Front Lines: CBU Alumna Natalie MacSween

May 15, 2020

Cape Breton University is proud to have Alumni working on the front lines to keep our community safe. Natalie MacSween is a CBU Alumna and Registered Nurse currently working at the Halifax Infirmary Emergency Department. 

Natalie grew up in New Waterford and began her education at CBU in 2007. Now, she looks back fondly on her time spent at the University, just a quick seven-minute drive from her home. 

“What I loved most were the small class sizes where the professors really got to know the students personally and took great pride in our education,” says Natalie. “Two professors that stand out in my mind are Corrine McIsaac and Karen Kennedy. They were excellent role models, showing us the ropes and preparing us for our future careers.”

Outside of the classroom, Natalie spent her time at CBU hanging out with friends in the cafeteria, meeting new people from different programs and cheering on the CAPERS as part of the Orange Army.

“CBU is a reflection of the culture of Cape Breton, where we are small enough to form close bonds, treat each other like family and are always there to help one another,” says Natalie.

After graduation, Natalie worked in the cardiac unit at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital. She then relocated to the QE2 in Halifax and had the opportunity to experience travel nursing in Manitoba and Labrador. Natalie says one of the highlights of being a travel nurse is getting to experiencing new cultures. She even got to ride with a team of sleigh dogs!

 “I am happy I chose nursing as my career because there is an abundance of job opportunities from public health to acute care, allowing us to grow in our careers and never feel stagnant,” says Natalie. “During these difficult COVID-19 pandemic times, nurses are on the front lines and I’m happy I can help make a difference!”

Natalie, we are so proud of you and all frontline workers.

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