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saskatchewan has opportunity to lead the world: suN president Carol t oDD

The land where Medicare was born is now at a crossroads, according to the head of the union representing Saskatchewan’s 10,000 registered nurses, and nurses can point the way. Saskatchewan is poised to once again lead the world in health care, says Tracy Zambory, president of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN). “Right now we are in the most unknown territory that we’ve ever been in in health care in this province,” she says. “Right now we have the opportunity to build the best health care system that this world has ever seen and to do that, we need to utilize registered nurses and nurse practitioners.” Zambory says, registered nurses are uniquely positioned to lead the way into the future of health care. Registered nurses work with patients from start to finish. “We are the health care providers who touch the patient more than anybody else. We have the most interaction. We are there to admit them into the system, and most times we are there to discharge them,” she says. Registered nurses, including RNs, Nurse Practitioner)s (RN(NP)s), Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) and graduates work with patients both in and outside of hospital settings throughout Saskatchewan. The key, she says, is to look beyond patients’ specific ail-

Tracy Zambory, president of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, the province now has an opportunity to lead the world in health care. P h oto s c ou Rt esy sa s kat c h ewaN u N i oN of N u R s es ( s u N)

ments to the individual as a whole and the circumstances in which they live to determine the root causes of ill health, including housing and nutrition, financial security, access to education and access to clean water. As frontline care providers, registered nurses see the effects of these social determinants of health every day. “For a person to be healthy, they have to be guaranteed some things in their life and if any one of those is not in place, it will have a negative impact on the health of that individual and that individual’s health can impact other people’s health around them,” Zabory says. The Encyclopedia Britannica defines holistic medicine as a “doctrine of preventive and therapeutic medicine that emphasizes the necessity of looking at the whole

Registered nurses work with patients from start to finish. The key is to look beyond patients’ specific ailments to the person as a whole. Ph o t o s co u Rte sy sask atchewa N uNioN of Nu R ses ( su N)

person…rather than at an isolated function or organ and which promotes the use of a wide range of health practices and therapies.” The concept can be overwhelming, Zambory says. “It’s like an umbrella for a bunch of other things — it’s secure housing; it’s security of income; it’s security of education; it’s security of access to health care – it’s all these things that the majority of us take for granted, that makes us able to thrive and survive in society,” she says. While registered nurses most often are able to talk with patients about their situation and help determine the basis of their health problems, there’s only so much

they can do, especially to address the financial difficulties that are often the root cause of many of their problems. Without money, people may not be able to afford housing, food, education or their medication. The 2016 Canadian Community Health Survey found that almost a million Canadians skimped on necessities to pay for their medicine. Jobs may not always easy to find and those that are available may be what labour leaders term precarious work, jobs that are poorly paid and without benefits or security. Registered nurses can, again, lead the way in talking with government to address many of the issues that can lead to poor health. “We can

speak to the people in power about building a robust primary health care system,” Zambory says. In Saskatchewan, low income individuals and families can apply for the Special Support Program to help pay for medicine, and the federal government recently announced plans for an advisory council on options to proceed with a national pharma care program, Pharmacare. But, more needs to be done, Zambory believes, and addressing those root causes of health problems and helping people become “wholesome contributing member of society” offers a financial benefit to government and the people of Saskatchewan as well. Not

doing so can lead to repeated access to the health care system, with emergency visits costing the most to taxpayers. “We end up in such a cycle that we can’t break out of, and it becomes a costly cycle, not just in human resources but for that person’s health and wellbeing,” Zambory says. Registered nurses can also help in a more tangible way, especially by providing expanded services in communities that don’t have fulltime access to a doctor. While nurse practitioners can now perform some of those tasks, Zambory believes all registered nurses should be able to diagnose, treat and even prescribe medication for certain common medical ailments for example, with graduates being designated as Registered Nurse (Additional Authorized Practice). “We believe that nurses with that level of education and training and skills is what the province needs to create the best health care system that the world has ever seen,” she says. “Registered nurses are ready, willing and able to take a leadership role in helping build the new Saskatchewan health system,” Zambory says. But, they can’t do it alone. “It takes a community,” she says. Working together as a community, especially in the area of health care, has proven successful for our province in the past, and with registered nurses leading the way, hopefully will be so again in the future.

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Regulating LPNs ensures ‘safe, ethical and quality care’ Jonathan hamelin

When it comes to the procedure of regulating the province’s Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), the Saskatchewan Association of Licensed Practical Nurses (SALPN) takes a great deal of care. LPNs, one of three categories of professional nurses in Saskatchewan, work within their own scope of practice, standards or practice and code of ethics. They provide care in many areas of health care: acute care, long term care, community programs, primary care clinics, education, occupational health and safety, public health and leadership. There are around4000 practicing and non-practicing LPNs in the province. The SALPN is given the authority and responsibility to regulate LPNs in Saskatchewan by the Licensed Practical Nurses Act 2000. The SALPN Council, consisting of seven elected LPNs, three government appointed public representatives and the councilappointed executive director, oversees the regulation. “Like all regulators, we exist for the purpose of public protection, ensuring that LPNs give the residents of

Saskatchewan safe, ethical and quality care,” says Lynsay Nair, LPN, executive director of SALPN. “We have a role in ensuring there’s a balance between public safety and the needs of the health care system.” SALPN’s regulation process begins with the approval of the education program of prospective LPNs, who study from the same body of nursing knowledge as Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses with a focus on foundational knowledge, critical thinking and clinical judgment. LPNs have to enroll in a two-year diploma in practical nursing at an approved practical nursing program in Saskatchewan. Nair says that the SALPN approves the education program to ensure that graduates of those programs are able to meet entry level LPN Lynsay Nair. P h o t o co u Rt esy o f t h e saskat ch ewaN requirements and come to as so ciat io N o f L iceNsed PRact icaL Nu Rses. their specific profession with the necessary entry level and submit a criminal record tion requirement is in place competencies. SALPN also check. because the commitment to The regulation process lifelong learning is required determines the requirements for initial LPN licensure. doesn’t end when an LPN be- of an LPN in order to reLPNs in Saskatchewan must comes licensed. Every year, main competent and grow complete their education and LPNs have to seek out con- with the changing times,” pass the Canadian Practical tinuing education (anywhere Nair says. “LPNs may enNurse Registration Exam. from six to 24 hours based on gage in a variety of different learning. Some will choose LPNs also need to meet Eng- total months licensed). lish language requirements “The continuing educa- a formalized approach and

work through university and college classes. Others may choose to attend specific workshops or seek out online learning.” Each year, SALPN audits 20 per cent of its membership through methods such as requesting another criminal record check, proof of their education or documentation of their claimed work hours. “Our audit percentage may be higher than other regulators. We feel it’s important to ensure LPNs are as compliant as we assume them to be,” Nair says. “I think that we were one of the first in Saskatchewan to initiate the random criminal record check audit. That’s something we’re proud of, because people are in this profession for up to four decades, so it’s probably not enough to only ask for an initial criminal record check.” SALPN also has a discipline component to its regulation process. When a complaint regarding an LPN is received, SALPN investigates and presents material to a committee consisting of both LPNs and a representative of the public. That committee’s job is to determine an appropriate form of remediation. “It’s not about punish-

ment; it truly is about remediation,” Nair says. “The question asked is, ‘What can be done to either correct behaviour or ensure it doesn’t happen again?’ This could involve additional education and assessments, but it could also result in restrictions or suspension of certain duties. Generally, they’re able to come to a mutual agreement to remediate this behaviour.” Ultimately, Nair feels that SALPN’s regulation process is to assist in ensuring LPNs provide appropriate care to patients. She notes though that when it comes to regulation, it can be hard to establish measurable criteria. “Some of our activities are proactive, such as the ones that are intended to prevent instances of unsafe practice and there’s reactive activities intended to remediate and prevent those instances from occurring again,” Nair says. “It is difficult to measure what has not occurred or has been prevented on account of regulation. “Regulatory bodies set the minimum standards of the profession. We strive to regulate with excellence, but excellence in practice comes from the LPNs themselves.”

Plenty of challenges ahead in next 100 years for nurses Jonathan hamelin

The Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA), the professional regulatory and advocacy voice for nurses, is looking ahead by a century. This year’s SRNA Conference and Annual Meeting, held May 1 to 3 in Regina, had the theme “Leadership and Innovation: The Next 100 Years”. The closing keynote was a panel discussion called #Next100Years, featuring the perspectives of nursing leaders from a variety of areas of practice. “We had explored different ways in which we could leverage the excitement of our 100-year celebrations and it just made sense to start looking forward and examine what the next 100 years are going to bring,” Petersen says. “It was exciting to gather different thoughts and predictions on the challenges nurses will face in the future.” Ensuring there are enough nurses in the system to keep pace with a growing population will continue to be a focus over the next 100 years. Petersen said that increasing SRNA membership numbers indicate the demand for RNs and RN Nurse Practitioners (RN[NP]s) – RNs who have completed advanced educa-

tion and provide a broader range of health care – will continue to grow. The number of RNs who had a practicing membership increased from 11,042 in 2013 to 11,699 in 2017, while the number of RN(NP)s rose from 178 in 2013 to 231 in 2017. “There are always people who are concerned that RNs are getting replaced, but the numbers aren’t showing that,” Petersen says. “They’re really showing that we’re trending upwards and I think it’s because the value that we bring is being recognized and is sought after.” Helping to fill health care gaps in rural areas of the province will also continue to be a focus in the coming century. Through the creation of a new category for RNs – RN with Additional Authorized Practice (RN[AAP]) – SRNA has found a potential solution to build on. The scope of practice of an RN(AAP) is broader than that of other RNs since it includes the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with limited common medical disorders. While the role of an RN(AAP) doesn’t replace the services provided by an RN(NP), Petersen said RN(AAP)s can help fill a gap in rural health care. There currently 94 RN(AAP)s in

SRNA president Joanne Peterson, RN, says it’s a year to celebrate the history of RNs in the province and look forward to what’s ahead. Photo couRtesy sa skatchewa N Re gisteR ed NuRses a s so ciatioN

Last year marked the SRNA’s 100th anniversary and the association is looking forward to the next 100 years in Saskatchewan. Ph o t o co u Rt esy saskat ch ewaN R e gist eRed Nu Rses a s so ciat io N

Saskatchewan working exclusively in northern Saskatchewan. “In the future I hope there’s an opportunity to expand this into other areas of the province, particularly rural areas where we may not have access to doctors on a 24/7 basis,” Petersen says. “These nurses working as RN(AAP)s can prescribe medication, diagnose and treat limited common medical disorders, order lab tests

and x-rays – all based on clinical decision tools, an algorithm developed very collaboratively with other health care professionals including doctors and pharmacists.” There will be numerous health care crises that arise in the next 100 years that RNs will help address. The opioid crisis is one of the immediate challenges. Opioids are medications that relieve pain. When misused, however, they can cause addiction,

overdose and death. A report released September 2017 by the Canadian Institute for Health Information reported that Regina and Saskatoon have the highest rates of hospitalizations for significant opioid poisoning among prairie cities with a population of 100,000 or more. “We’re responding collaboratively with other health professions in coming forward to determine how we can better service the needs of the public in this opioid crisis,” Petersen says. “Today’s challenges become tomorrow’s opportunities.” At the SRNA Conference and Annual Meeting, mem-

bership explored the opportunity to adopt the updated Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Code of Ethics. Petersen says one of the key areas addressed in this code is a statement of ethical responsibility in respect to Indigenous Peoples as articulated in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action. “The SRNA started down the reconciliation pathway for the first time at our annual meeting last year,” Petersen says. “We had an Indigenous elder open our meeting with a prayer and her wisdom. She stayed with us through the entire day and closed our meeting. She now is our designated elder.” The next century will also be an opportunity for the SRNA to lend its voice to the national cause. “During the CNA AGM in June, there will be a bylaw change proposed to open CNA membership to the family of nursing, which includes licensed practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses,” says Petersen, who sits as the Saskatchewan designate on the CNA Board of Directors. “We are definitely on the brink of something historic by bringing that family of nursing together and having one strong voice.”

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NATIONAL NursINg week 2018 thinking about mental health Carol toDD

The need for continued and even increased support for the provision of mental health services by psychiatric nurses can be seen in the news headlines on almost any given day. The members of the Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS) not only provide an essential service, but feel that need is growing, says association president Donna Dyck. “ The need for mental health nurses in emergency has been increasing, also in perinatal mental health, helping these new moms to be able to navigate the world with a baby,” she says. Unfortunately, as seen in many news stories these days, those emergency cases increasingly deal with drug overdoses. A 2016 report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse found that from 2014-15, there were 20.5 hospitalizations due to opioid poisoning per 100,000 population in Saskatchewan, the highest across all the provinces and territories in Canada. At the same time as the need is increasing, many older psychiatric nurses are retiring, leaving room for new entrants into the field. Dyck says there are numerous opportunities for registered psychiatric nurses (RPN) beyond the emergency rooms. “There’s a lot of clinical research going on around mental health, so we’re starting to see a lot of ad-

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vancement in very specific care pathways for different groups,” she says, pointing out that different clients have different needs. “Chil-

dren with mental health concerns certainly have different needs than the elderly experiencing dementia or somebody with autism

would be different than someone with an eating disorder,” she says. Fr o m t h e e m e r ge n c y room to the schoolroom,

Dyck says psychiatric nursing can be very rewarding. “For myself, I get the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s mental health,” she says. Association executive director Beverly Balaski, who is a RN, but not a RPN says the women and men she works with are remarkable. “They have an overwhelming sense of compassion and empathy for their clients who are struggling, and they work with them in a very unique way to make them feel valued and supported. I can’t say enough about the expertise that that profession brings.” Dyck says there are some misconceptions about the field and points out that there are numerous opportunities for RPNs to work in a wide range of environments, including acute psychiatry, geriatric and home care, forensic psychiatry, community programs and even corrections. “One of our goals is to help the public understand the differ-

ence between us and registered nurses and how viable we are in the community helping with their mental health challenges,” she says. “We’re in schools and in women’s shelters [those are] some of the environments we contribute to, including the general mental health and emergency. Typically we see those as RPN roles and it’s so pivotal that we be there and be able to help the client navigate that system and what they’re going through,” Dyck says. RPNs also work with clients’ families, she says, and can help families and others deal with sudden tragedies that often require long-term support. “It is that recognition of trauma that RPNs are so good at recognizing root cause and making those care plans. RPNs are positioned to be able to provide that support,” she says. With more opportunities in a broader range of disciplines, Dyck believes RPNs are positioned to provide even more services in the future. “Registered psychiatric nurses are a vital part of continuing mental health for the people of Saskatchewan.” There are currently more than 800 members of the association, which was formed in 1948 to regulate psychiatric nursing as a distinct profession. RPNs take a three-year diploma through Sask Polytechnic and have the option to continue into a degree program. More information is available on the RPNAS website at rpnas. com or by contacting the association registrar.

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Huey-Ming Tzeng has begun a five-year term as the new dean of the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing. A noted researcher, Tzeng was dean of the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing at Tennessee Technological University prior to joining the U of S. s uP PL ied Ph o t o

New dean of nursing keen to serve saskatchewan henrytye Glazebrook

When you were born and raised in Taiwan and have travelled the world for your career, it’s easy to imagine that life in the Canadian Prairies might be a tad quaint by comparison. But for Huey-Ming Tzeng, who began a five-year term as dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan on Sept. 15, the lifestyle and geographic features of her new province has a near indescribable, pastoral air that makes her feel perfectly at home. “I have been fortunate to travel off the main campus

in Saskatoon to all our campuses and sites—Prince Albert, Regina, La Ronge, Îleà-la-Crosse and Yorkton—in the months I have been here to meet our students, staff, faculty, alumni and strong nurse supporters in these communities,” Tzeng says. “The beautiful sunsets and expansive skies make this province so lovely. I am very enthusiastic to live in Saskatchewan, where the people are very warm and friendly.” Tzeng comes to the U of S from her most recent role as dean of the WhitsonHester School of Nursing at Tennessee Technological University, after teaching at

the University of Michigan and Washington State University-Spokane and earning her PhD at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Tzeng was also selected for Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing and inducted into the academy in 2011. As a noted researcher with more than 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals to her name—focusing primarily on patient safety and quality of care, particularly related to patient falls for hospitalized adults—Tzeng said the striking research output of the U of S made it a natural fit for her career aspira-

tions. “The research that takes place in both the College of Nursing and at the U of S as a whole is remarkable,” she says. “I am humbled to be part of a university included in the U15 (Canada’s top 15 research intensive universities), and I am committed to working together with my great colleagues to discover knowledge and solutions that impact lives and create opportunities for people in Saskatchewan and around the globe. Tzeng emphasized that the campus-wide push for Indigenization at the U of S is a commitment which speaks directly to her own

beliefs, and noted with enthusiasm the 18.8 per cent undergraduate and 17.7 per cent overall enrolment of Indigenous students in the nursing program. “I am proud and honoured to serve in a leadership role in the College of Nursing for a number of reasons, including the fact that we continue to lead the nation in Indigenous student recruitment and retention, and the college is proportionate to the Indigenous population of the province,” she says. Looking to the future, Tzeng says she hopes to continue to develop the college’s inspiring efforts in re-

search and education, particularly its role of bringing health care and educational opportunities to remote and northern communities. “ The College of Nursing is innovative, forwardt h i n ki n g wi t h t ech n ol ogy and has successfully brought nursing education to areas in Saskatchewan where there are traditionally shortages of registered nurses,” she says. “To lead a college that has been so successful using distributed learning technologies is inspiring and motivating.” HenryTye Glazebrook is a freelance writer and former U of S communications co-ordinator.

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Saskatchewan has a two-provider model for nursing education – a degree program at University of Saskatchewan and one offered collaboratively by Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina. s uP P L i e d Ph ot o

saskatchewan needs a two-provider model for nursing education Saskatchewan has a two-provider model for nursing education that demonstrates the power and efficiencies timely collaboration creates for our province’s rural and urban centres. Prospective nursing students can access a degree program at the University of Saskatchewan (BSN), or one offered collaboratively by Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina (SCBScN). Each program has the capacity for 345 nursing education seats annually. This unique two-provider model has created a number of benefits for Saskatchewan students and communities. Each has distinctive characteristics, from varying entrance requirements (for example, direct entry from high school or following one year of University), to rural education opportunities and completion timelines. Aside from the ongoing significant demand for access to both programs, having two programs offers program flexibility that offers more choice for students in terms of career pathways and timelines. Two programs allow multiple graduation points throughout the year rather than one, which is ideal for feeding into the health care system during different periods of the year. Both programs provide education pathways for Li-

censed Practical Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses who wish to consider pursing their nursing degree and RN registration. Collaborative efforts between U of S and U of R/SaskPoly have resulted in more program flexibility through a second degree or “after-degree” options for students, allowing those with a degree to specialize and gain additional skills that will ultimately benefit patient care. The University of Saskatchewan’s BSN is available in six sites across the province, including Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert, Yorkton, La Ronge and Ile-a-la-Crosse. Saskatchewan Polytechnic and University of Regina’s SCBScN is available in Saskatoon and Regina, with local intakes in Swift Current and North Battleford where students can return to complete their final year of studies. Under the two provider model, nursing programs in Saskatchewan are ensuring that nursing education is accessible in rural and smaller urban communities. Nursing education in Saskatchewan is of exceptional high quality. Both programs go through a rigorous external review process and are accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing, and approved by the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association. Nursing students

take part in a significant number of clinical practice hours, resulting in better patient safety after graduation. Saskatchewan has the highest number of Indigenous students in nursing and the most extensive distributive nursing education initiatives in the history of the province. Nursing education providers in Saskatchewan are committed to fulfilling the Calls to Action issued by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Both programs offer support services for First Nations, Inuit and Métis students, and each designates more than 50 seats annually for these students. The proportion of the Saskatchewan registered nurse workforce identifying as Indigenous increased from 6.1 per cent to 7 per cent between the 2011 and 2016 census periods, almost double the 3.7 per cent for non-nursing health professions in the same time period. Under the two-provider model, there are more Indigenous nursing students and graduates in the province than ever before. Nurses are the backbone of the health care system. Saskatchewan’s two-provider model of nursing education provides accessibility, sustainability and quality to ensure a stable supply of Registered Nurses, today and in the future.

No one chooses to get the flu. No one chooses to have cancer. No one chooses any sickness. No one chooses to have schizophrenia. Mental illness deserves the same treatment. Registered Psychiatric Nurses partner with

Saskatchewan people every day to improve mental health, treat mental illness, and reduce the stigma. May 11th is RPN Day in Saskatchewan. Thank you to all the RPNs in this province and beyond that advocate for those with mental illness.

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NATIONAL NursINg week 2018 saskatchewan Polytechnic cultivates success through indigenous nursing supports

Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers you can choose — it’s an opportunity to help others, improve health outcomes and creates a positive impact on the lives of many people. But, the road to get there can be challenging at times and combining cultural concepts of health and healing can cause some students unnecessary struggles. By providing Indigenous students with support and counselling services, Saskatchewan Polytechnic aims to address this barrier and ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve their educational and career goals. “Our Indigenous nursing student advisors are selected for their unique backgrounds and knowledge,” says Cindy Smith, associate dean of the School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences. “They are familiar with Indigenous culture and with nursing culture and can help students appropriately navigate through their program.” Sask Polytech Indigenous Nursing, also known as SPIN, uses a holistic approach to support nursing education, beginning with program selection straight through to post-graduate employment opportunities. Support can also be customized to ensure individual needs are met as best as possible. “Our advisors are dedicated role models, mentors and coaches,” says Smith. “They are there to guide students on their nursing edu-

Saskatchewan Polytechnic provides Indigenous students with support and counseling services to address any cultural barriers to achieving their educational goals. g et t y i mag es

cation journey.” The nursing student advisors spend a great deal of their day working with staff and faculty to ensure curriculum, projects and other activities are developed in a way that is inclusive of Indigenous ways of knowing and learning. Advisors also work with faculty and help them figure out how to Indigenize their classrooms to be more inclusive. “When we assist with curriculum review and revisions, it can provide a greater aware-

ness and share more knowledge of cultural settings and teachings, we can support our students in becoming better nurses,” says Sharon Ahenakew, Indigenous nursing student advisor. “We also participate in research that focuses on Indigenous health, education and student success.” The daily dedication nursing student advisors have to elevating Indigenous nursing students and helping them achieve success is one piece of the larger Indigenous Student

Success Strategy, which was developed with Indigenous students’ input to enhance the student experience and remove barriers to success. “Sask Polytech is committed to the Indigenization of our institution,” says Jason Seright, director of Indigenous Strategy. “Indigenization is our social and collective responsibility, ultimately enriching and benefitting the lives of all who study and work at Sask Polytech.” For student Cole Woyt-

iuk, advisors helped him find direction in his career planning. He says that nursing is an honourable profession and he’s proud to be on the path he’s on. “I want to become a nurse working up north in Indigenous communities, helping to make a positive impact on the lives of the people who live there,” says Woytiuk. “Figuring out how to achieve that, led me to my Indigenous nursing student advisor. He was able to give me resources,

experiences of his own and outlined a path to achieve this goal.” Woytiuk adds that the nursing student advisor and other Indigenous student services help ground him as a student. “My nursing advisor and Elder help me grow as a person,” says Woytiuk. “These services help me grow as a student and learn more about myself and my culture.” If you would like to learn more, please visit:

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