CNSA Associate Delegate
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3. Sasha Mazzarello
I completed my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science (Honours) at the University of Ottawa in 2013. During my studies, I was a Clinical Research Assistant (CRA) at The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Centre where I was involved in the circle of care of cancer patients who participated in clinical trials. In working to educate patients about their illnesses and treatment options, I engaged them in the shared decision-making process by exploring their values and beliefs. I continued to work in the oncology setting as a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) where I managed a Canadian multi-centre clinical trials program. After nearly 5 years as a CRC, I decided to pursue my Master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Ottawa. During my graduate studies, I worked as a Clinical Research Fellow and conducted my thesis project in the perioperative setting. Participating in clinical research has been an eye-opening and enriching opportunity that has allowed me to appreciate the duality of clinical practice and research in promoting improved patient outcomes. I look forward to bringing my collaborative research experiences to this position where I will be collaborating with, and advocating for, nursing students across the country.
While completing my MSc, I was the First Year Representative for the School of Epidemiology and Public Health Graduate Student Association. Advocating for the student body, I formulated constructive feedback based on their expressed needs and interests in order to propose curriculum changes and to provide additional resources focused on teaching assistants. Additionally, I was the Co-Chair of Workshops and Conferences for the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics where I organized workshops of interest to incoming and current students and organized a conference that took place at Lakehead University last June. To encourage students to attend the conference, I helped develop a scholarship program with my team. As your CNSA Associate Delegate, I would have a similar duty of organizing a scholarship program to bring YOU to next year’s national conference!
As your CNSA Associate Delegate, my goal would be to enhance interprofessionalism and improve the quality of the nursing student experience. I have come to appreciate that effective communication and a commitment to persevere through challenges are critical to the success of a team and I will aim to bring these skills to our Nursing Undergraduate Society. I look forward to the opportunity to serve as your liaison at the University of Toronto.