Dynamic Duo Mother and daughter get through nursing program in NWT together

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-JacobsAPTN NewsTwo dozen nursing students, tired from late-night studying, shuffle into their morning class and begin thumbing through their notes on antibiotics.Their professor has prepared dozens of slides for the final review of a pharmacology class.She answers questions from students who are closing off four grueling years of post-secondary education with the hopes of becoming a nurse north of 60.Jordan Erickson and Jody Prince have both excelled in Aurora College’s Bachelor of Science – Nursing program in Yellowknife – but soon they will not have their instructor to rely on.Luckily for them they can and have always relied on each other.That’s because these two students are mother and daughter.Erickson laughs as she prepares an IV drip during the interview.“There were moments where I thought, ‘can I really do this? This is a lot,’” she said. “But you push through it and we don’t really get at each other’s throats too much.”“We actually ground each other.”The lightheartedness extends as Jody reflects on all of the unique experiences she has had while sharing a classroom with her daughter.“One of the first days we had to sign a photo consent and she wasn’t allowed to sign it because she wasn’t old enough to consent so I was in her class and she passed her form over,” Prince said.Prince, who was working in child education before going to nursing school explains that while Erickson did not mind having her mother hit the books with her, there were some who doubted the idea.“There was an instructor who said when she heard that there was a mother and daughter in the program ‘this is not going to turn out good,’” Prince said.”For Erickson, she said she found all of her classes to be very interesting, but adjusting to the demands of a new found career was a learning curve.“The only hard parts I can think of in terms of our practicum was just time management between going to clinical and everyday life,” she said.“You are just so tired to do the things you regularly want to do.”Prince who works at the laboratory on campus and proudly sports her Aurora College t-shirt, said she is grateful to be a mature student, but she can’t shake her number one job of being a mother.“I guess for me you know as a student you worry about your own marks. ‘Am I going to pass this?’ For me it is twofold. ‘Am I going to pass this test and is she going to pass this test? Is she going to do well?’”As their academic classes wind down for the fall semester, this mother and daughter duo is ready for what lies ahead – a final practicum and then graduation.“I will just be looking forward to our grad day. But walking across that stage especially walking across the stage with her [Prince] will be really, really good,” Erickson [email protected]@aptncharlottelast_img read more


Chad Ochocinco Released From Jail After a Week

Posted On Sep 30 2019 by

A contrite Chad Ochocinco apologized for showing disrespect when he slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week, and the judge released him from jail after only a week instead of 30 days.Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh accepted  the former NFL star’s  apology and cut his 30-day jail term for a probation violation to the seven days he has already served since the rear-swatting incident.Johnson, a flamboyant wide receiver formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, said in court that he’d had time to think about why his flippant attitude was wrong — especially in a domestic violence case.“I just wanted to apologize for disrespecting the court last time,” said Johnson, wearing a tan jail jumpsuit with his hands shackled at the waist. “I apologize. I did have time to reflect on the mistakes I made in this courtroom.”Johnson walked out of jail shortly after 4 p.m. and was met by his attorney, Adam Swickle, and sports agent Drew Rosenhaus. Johnson told reporters he was thankful to McHugh because she was the first person to get him to slow down and think about the path his life was taking.“No one has been able to do it, not even my parents,” he said. “I thank her. Everything she did was justified.”Asked if he hoped to latch on with an NFL team, Johnson said, “I just have to say my next move, my best move.”McHugh noted that in a previous hearing, Johnson had put his arm around a female prosecutor’s shoulders, prompting the prosecutor to tell him twice not to touch her. The judge also pointed out that when Johnson head-butted his then-wife, Evelyn Lozada of the reality TV show “Basketball Wives,” she suffered a 3-inch gash on her head that required eight stitches. The judge called those injuries horrific.McHugh also said Johnson failed to appreciate “the gift of probation” after pleading no contest to battery in the altercation last August with Lozada, which prompted her to quickly file for divorce. Johnson, 35, was in court because he had failed to meet with his probation officer for three consecutive months.“I find that’s an arrogant disregard for a court order,” the judge said.McHugh ordered Johnson to perform 25 hours of community service and attend domestic violence counseling sessions twice a week during probation, and she extended his probation an extra three months through mid-October.Swickle, the attorney who had his backside slapped, said Johnson will fully comply with all probation conditions and hopes to resurrect his NFL career. The six-time Pro Bowler was cut by the Miami Dolphins after his arrest for battery; he played most of his 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals followed by one year with the New England Patriots.“He understands that this is the kind of situation that can derail a person’s career,” Swickle said. “We’re very confident he will do what he should do.”Terrell Owens visited Johnson in jail on Saturday and tweeted that his former teammate was in “good spirits.”“I really didn’t know what to expect but to see the homie locked up is a very humbling experience, to talk to him via vid conference let me know that’s not where anyone wants to be,” Owens wrote. “I know he’s only in the county jail but to someone that has never been locked up…Jail is jail!” read more


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