An Idea is Born
In 2011, Young Nurses Take Action was brought to life by two young nurses and a culmination of events. These young nurses were active in their local union. Over the years they had been attending numerous events and conventions but were frustrated with the lack of involvement of other young nurses. Instead of sitting around and complaining about it, they decided to do something about it!!
At the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions Convention 2011, there was a speaker from the NGO Buy A Net. The speaker gave a presentation of the the difference BAN was making in Uganda and on the fight against malaria. Then and there the light bulb went off!! What do young nurses love? They love their careers, they love to travel, they love to make a difference!! YNTA brought all of those together.
Since 2011, YNTA has organized three medical volunteer trips. On each of those trips the groups were together for a year; planning, learning, and fundraising! On every trip and throughout the years, friendships and support systems were created and maintained. Young nurses began supporting young nurses!!
With the dedication and input of the past three medical volunteer groups, YNTA has continued to grow. Without this input, direction, and encouragement, from these young Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses, we would not be where we are today...a registered non-profit organization!! Mentorship and leadership goes both ways!