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FUTURE HORIZONS l Internationalization l Legacy Trust Fund l  Professional award winners

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Inside Nursing News Advancing Internationalization: supporting cultural diversity..................................2


Advancing Internationalization: supporting cultural diversity

Legacy Trust Fund established to support student scholarships........3 CNPP graduates................3 Diverse experiences build knowledge for students...4 Leadership viewpoints shared at interactive forum................................ 6 Psychiatric nursing students welcomed in community learning environment......7 Fourth year students engaged in international clinical experience in India.................................8 Dean Dyck honoured with national award for leadership and contributions......................9 SCBScN program shapes the future for students ...10 Saskatchewan nursing students take second place in international nursing competition...................... 12 SCBScN offers clinical teaching workshop........ 13 President’s Award of Excellence for Manson... 14 CAPNE bestows national honour on Anweiler....... 15

COVER: Nicole Aschenbrenner, graduate, CNPP—see related story on page 3.

Pictured with Dr. June Anonson, director, Institute of Nursing Scholarship (left) and Dr. Netha Dyck, dean, School of Nursing (right) are visiting professors Gung Gee (Alice) and Jung Yeen (Calla) from North Sichuan Medical College. These visiting professors to Saskatchewan's post-secondary institutions study nursing education practices and Canadian health care. They will also be providing some guest lectures on the health care in China. 2017 is a very special year for the School of Nursing as we celebrate 50 years of delivering quality nursing education. Among many unique ways of honouring the pioneering efforts and achievements of our esteemed alumni, are historical celebrations in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert as well as a new Legacy Trust Fund. We hope you will find your own special way to acknowledge the excellence of our nursing colleagues and students as the new year unfolds. While our important anniversary is a time to reflect upon our past, it is also one to be inspired when we consider the important progress and momentum underway. In this edition of Nursing News, you can read about noteworthy accomplishments by our students and faculty who have literally “gone that extra mile” to enhance their learning and understanding about differing societies, transcultural nursing, and the provision of culturally-competent care during recent travels to Uganda, India and China. We were proud that for the first time our students participated in the International Nursing Skills Competition in Shanghai, China. They competed with 18 international teams from eight countries, and / 1-866-467-4278

placed second. These experiences represent true examples of the integration of internationalization through curricula. Within the School of Nursing, we have many examples of our world-class faculty being recognized for professionalism and dedication. Congratulations to the many award winners as well as to those who work tirelessly to share their time and expertise with students and faculty alike. The feature about the second annual Saskatchewan Polytechnic Interprofessional Challenge Event is a great example of collaboration and building awareness of roles. It also shows that learning can be fun! During a busy past few months, efforts have continued to support and mentor new practice education faculty. Through these sessions, resources and expertise continues to be developed while the learning outcomes contribute to the success of all our students. Together, we remain committed to ongoing advancements, building expert leaders, faculty and staff each and every day at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Thank you for all you do to contribute to the building blocks and our School’s success! l

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Legacy Trust Fund established to support student scholarships Nursing student scholarships could increase by $50,000 beginning in 2017 through a newly created Legacy Trust Fund as part of the School of Nursing’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Cindy Smith, associate dean, School of Nursing, says this important Legacy Trust Fund will provide students with financial assistance and encouragement for many years. To contribute to the fundraising efforts, Saskatchewan Polytechnic has partnered with Hillberg & Berk to commission a beautiful, rare anniversary bracelet as part of the initiative. The bracelet retails for $150 and can be purchased through Saskatchewan Polytechnic Bookstores, with proceeds going to the Legacy Trust Fund.


CNPP graduates Six students received their Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) degree as conferred at the University of Regina fall convocation ceremony in October 2016. The Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program (CNPP) is Canada’s first collaborative online Master of Nursing and was launched in 2014, the result of a collaboration between the University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Using online education technologies, the program is delivered to experienced registered nurses looking to advance their careers. The majority of students are based in Saskatchewan. “With this program, students don’t have to leave their home communities or families to achieve their educational goals,”

“Our special incentive means that if individuals provide a gift of $175 or more, they would have the opportunity to purchase a limited first edition of the bracelet for the reduced price of $65,” she describes. “This is a beautiful keepsake and great way to honour someone’s contributions to the profession. The offer is especially timely as gifts are exchanged during the holiday season.” In addition to receiving a charitable receipt for the full amount of the donation, the proceeds for the bracelet will go to the Legacy Trust Fund. “We believe this stunning bracelet helps to commemorate this once in a lifetime event,” says Smith. “It distinguishes our past while reflecting brilliance for our future.”

Smith compliments the work of the planning committee while the momentum builds and countdown to 2017 continues. “Festivities are lined up to provide an excellent opportunity to celebrate the achievements of current students, graduates, faculty and staff, as well as to honour the pioneering efforts of alumni in advancing nursing education, research and scholarly work,” she says. Events for the anniversary are set for Prince Albert on April 21, Regina on April 28 and 29 and Saskatoon on May 12 and 13. All are encouraged to help promote the anniversary celebrations through the website at or l

says Netha Dyck, dean of the School of Nursing at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. “This contemporary Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) program has produced nurse leaders who will improve health outcomes in their own communities. We are so proud of their success.” “We celebrate with the first graduates from the Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program,” says david Gregory, dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Regina. “In partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, we have created access to graduate education throughout the province. Nurse practitioners, as advanced practice nurses, are valuable members of the health care system in Saskatchewan.” In Saskatchewan, a nurse practitioner has the authority to perform advanced health assessments, diagnose health problems, order diagnostic tests and / 1-866-467-4278

L to R: Lara Metheral, Nicole Aschenbrenner, Kim Veronneau, Diana Ashfield, Lori Lynn Forsyth. Missing from this grad class was Lisa Mikhail prescribe medications. By offering this program, both Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina are helping to improve access to necessary health care in some of the province’s rural and remote locations. l


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Diverse experiences build knowledge for students

Student team awaits CPR & Ambulance challenge in the second annual SPICE competition. More than 50 students from seven programs took part in the highly successful second annual Saskatchewan Polytechnic Interprofessional Challenge Event (SPICE) on October 1 at the Regina Campus. Stacey Shand, interprofessional education coordinator, says the ‘Amazing Race’ type event featured interprofes-

sional student teams racing across campus completing exciting emergency scenarios and other complex tasks involving clients, patients, and simulation exercises. “The experience is perspective-expanding as well as fun,” says Shand. “Working alongside students from other professions, interprofessional health care

teams gain diverse professional insight and opportunities to collaborate knowledge and skills to race to the finish.” SPICE stations included handwashing and personal protective equipment, a library research challenge, transfer of a client with dementia from the auto body shop to a chair in the dental clinic, a four directions medicine wheel challenge,

to communicate with the patients was challenging at times but it allowed  Trying students from different programs to use different approaches when talking to the client; this helps us prepare for the real life scenarios we'll face in our work.  / 1-866-467-4278


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Students in interprofessional teams participate in the event which covers a wide-range of human-service focused tasks. Planning has already begun for SPICE 2017 with expansion anticipated for Saskatoon. and performing CPR while another student drove the ambulance. Congratulations to all the teams involved in the race. Special mention goes to the winning team, ‘Medical Mysteries’, which gained the highest points by completing the tasks most accurately. Shand thanked the faculty, staff and volunteers for their dedication of time and energy. Individuals included: Brenda Udahl (Dental), Susan Howell (Psychiatric Nursing), Dean Lefebvre (Dental), Patti Manson (SCBScN*), Sarah Fox-Smith (SCBScN), Carrie Allen (SCBScN), Sharon Flaman (SCBScN),

Marla Fraser (Practical Nursing), Twana White (Practical Nursing), Rhonda Unique (Practical Nursing), Lori Thibault (Practical Nursing), Diane Zerr (Library), Diana Behrns (Library), Erin Langman (Library), Ken Exner (Sim Centre), Chris Isted (Sim Centre), Emily Harder (Sim Centre), Margaret Baniulis (Sim Centre), Jack Harmer (Sim Centre), Greg Riehl (Aboriginal Nursing Student Achievement Program). “SPICE is not only an interprofessional event for students, the organization and delivery of SPICE is an interprofessional activity for faculty and staff as well,” says Shand. “Faculty and staff / 1-866-467-4278

from numerous programs and schools collaborate throughout the year to design the interprofessional stations for students.” l

knowledge that  The everyone has on the team amplifies the activities.

*Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) program is offered in partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina.


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Leadership viewpoints shared at interactive forum Nurse leaders of tomorrow were inspired by leaders of today at Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Nursing’s Student Leadership Engagement Leadership Forum on October 17. The forum attracted approximately 150 participants with a series of presenters including Dr. Anne Neufeld, provost and vice president academic, Saskatchewan Polytechnic; Fred Entz on behalf of the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association; Anne Sutherland Boal, chief executive officer, Canadian Nurses Association; Carolyn Hoffman, executive director, Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association; and Netha Dyck, dean, School of Nursing, Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Dr. June Anonson, director, Institute for Nursing Scholarship, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, says the day was successful from many perspectives. “There was a practical, hands-on session with sound advice about how to be a good leader,” says Anonson. “Students told us they wanted to hear from those in key roles in 2016, so we developed a panel to address that objective.” Dean Netha Dyck says the interactive forum provided students with an opportunity to meet with inspirational national and provincial nurse leaders, ask questions, and help to shape thoughts about their own future goals. “We were excited to have excellent leaders with us to share their important messages with students,” says Dyck. “Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s mission is to educate students and provide skilled and successful graduates. This effort represents a concrete action on fulfilling that mission.” The keynote presenter, Anne Sutherland Boal, focused on the critical role of nursing leadership within the profession. She described the preferred future includes meeting the needs of various populations, being present in the community,

L to R: Dr. Netha Dyck, dean, School of Nursing, Sask Polytechnic; Anne Sutherland Boal, CEO, Canadian Nurses Association; Carolyn Hoffman, executive director, SRNA leading change and working to full scope.

ments ideas and values work-life balance,” Sutherland Boal adds.

“Our profession is ever evolving,” says Sutherland Boal. “Patients’ expectations are changing and nurses need to adapt and lead change.” She noted that nurses need to work in a system that is flexible, innovative and responsive, while being committed to teamwork.

Her presentation noted some of the elements required to be a leader including someone with a vision, passion, great decision-making and team-building skills, character, willingness to admit a mistake, ability to listen, willingness to work outside comfort zone, active engagement, resilience, keeping commitments, and valuing mentorship.

“Nurses need leadership that is inspirational and committed to positive change, encourages feedback, imple-

Students were actively involved in the forum through emcee role, introductions and interactions with speakers. l / 1-866-467-4278

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Psychiatric nursing students welcomed in community learning environment

L to R: Marilyn Schigol, faculty , Johann Engleke, Sarah Schneider, Kelly Kotzer and Trudy Derkach - students Four students and one faculty member from Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Psychiatric Nursing programs embarked on a month-long journey beginning April 2016, to learn and network with mental health professionals in a new cultural context. Faculty member and organizer, Marilyn Schigol, accompanied the students Trudy Derkach, Sarah Schneider, Kelly Kotzer, and Johann Engelke as they performed clinical rotations and observations at the Butabika National Referral Mental Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Butabika is a teaching hospital which allowed the students to network with and learn from students in the local culture. The hospital is home to nine wards and houses approximately 900 patients at any given time. “We had a fantastic opportunity to experience a different way of being, practice

Trudy Derkach and Uganda Nursing students working together.

cross cultural understanding and build partnerships with others who share our passion of caring for persons with mental health and addictions,” says Schigol.

The unique multidisciplinary nature of therapy at Butabika, specifically in treating alcohol and drug addiction, was something that struck a chord with the group.

During their time at Butabika, the students participated in clinical rotations in the children’s and alcohol and drug wards, as well as in the outpatient and HIV clinics. It was noticed that observable psychiatric symptoms presented similarly to what the students had already learned in their Canadian education. Diagnoses of illnesses like bi-polar disorder, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder were familiar to the students.

“This was a great opportunity to see how culture impacts mental health,” says Schigol. “For example some of the patients and their families believed that spirits caused their mental illness. Often patients were taken to witch doctors who then tried to cure their mental illness.”

However, Uganda also classifies some conditions like epilepsy as mental disorders. Because of this, the students were able to gain further experience with treating a wider variety of symptoms than in clinical rotations at home.

High levels of poverty and overcrowding are major challenges for health care in the Kampala area. Teams in outpatient and primary health clinics can often treat 75 to 100 patients on any given day. This can cause ward and clinic staff to be spread thin. But the shortage of staff means that there is a very high value placed on all levels of students and professionals that work in the Butabika Hospital. The team found it to be a very welcoming and rich learning environment that fostered a real sense of belonging and community.

Schigol notes this resulted in patients not being treated and finally arriving at the hospital in a very acute state. “We learned that it is so important to understand what mental illness means to the patient and their families and work with them to dispel myths so that they are willing to accept therapy and medications to aid in their treatment,” she adds. l

The challenges that were experienced were heavily outweighed by the positive aspects of the trip. Seeing things like resilience of the human spirit, true meaning of community, genuine hospitality, kindred spirits in providing mental health care, multidisciplinary work, integration of spirituality as a healing tool, and cultural humility are experiences the team will be able to draw on in their professional and personal lives. Everyone agreed that these experiences would be impossible to duplicate in a domestic environment and were invaluable as a result. / 1-866-467-4278


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Fourth year students engaged in international clinical experience in India

The eight fourth year students and faculty, Carrie Allen and Kim Thiessen, received a very warm welcome as they were presented with beautiful flowers and greeted by a long receiving line of nursing students, faculty, and colleagues who sang a welcoming song. The Canadian students and faculty prepared for this cultural and educational experience by putting together presentations and gifts for Indian students and faculty. Eight fourth year SCBScN* students, together with faculty Carrie Allen and Kim Thiessen, participated in a six-week clinical practice rotation in community health in Herbertpur, India from October 4 to November 9. The two nursing programs exchanged knowledge through clinical practice opportunities as well as presentations on health care practices, nursing, and nursing education. For Kim Thiessen, faculty, SCBScN Saskatoon, a highlight of the international experience was the opportunity for SCBScN students to partner directly with third-year Herbertpur School of Nursing students. Each were meeting their practice education requirements for their respective community health courses.

India placement students spent a few days touring before joining faculty and their Regina-based colleagues at Herbertpur, India. They are pictured along the wall at the Taj on October 2, 2016. Furthest away to closest: Andrea Wall, Brianne Uhryn, Jessica Kozan and Ashley Zuniga.

“The third year students completed a family assessment assignment in the context of a rural village in India,” says Thiessen. “Each day for two weeks the SCBScN students accompanied their partnered student from Herbertpur School of Nursing, and assisted with the assessment and the delivery of health education within the community.” The education sessions addressed topics including child safety in the home, personal care, hygiene, and alcohol abuse. “Being immersed in the daily activities of local families' homes allowed SCBScN students the rare opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of both Indian culture and rural life in India, and to witness first hand how the complexities of the determinants of health / 1-866-467-4278

influence the lives and choices individuals make on a daily basis,” describes Thiessen. Another highlight of the experience was the completion of a Photo Voice project which explored the concept of health as understood by Indian nursing students. “SCBScN students facilitated small groups of two or three Herbertpur School of Nursing student photographers who were asked to capture images which represented barriers to health as well as facilitators of health,” says Thiessen. “The process involved students providing education on the ethics of photography and consent and how to use a digital camera. Co-learning between both groups of students was evident.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 9

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8 “SCBScN students took the lead role in capturing the narratives of the photographers and both student groups worked together to identify themes and plan the sharing of the results,” she describes.



Dean Dyck honoured with national award for leadership and contributions Netha Dyck, dean, School of Nursing, has been honoured with the 2016 Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) Ethel Johns Award.

The SCBScN students and the Herbertpur School of Nursing students performing a skit on hygiene practices at a village school. The students are L- R: Minakshi (Herbertpur School of Nursing student) SCBScN students: Mackenzie, Sarah, Brianne, Jessica, Christy, Andrea and Ashley. “Both groups of students were impacted deeply by this project and they were able to share their own understandings of health from their cultural viewpoint.” All indicated that through the process of the group discussions to capture narratives and choosing the images to share publicly, their understanding of health and their approach to community practice had changed. SCBScN students indicated that they had a new realization of how complex and interrelated the determinants of health were, and Herbertpur School of Nursing students indicated that they saw health in a new way. l *Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) program is offered in partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina.

The prestigious national award is named after the founding director of the first university nursing program in Canada. It is given in recognition of distinguished service to nursing education in Canada. CASN has presented this award to outstanding nursing education leaders since 1988. This award is presented annually at the fall CASN Council meeting. Recipients of the CASN Ethel Johns Award demonstrate the following characteristics: has demonstrated leadership in curriculum development, administration, teaching, and research; has made significant contributions to the CASN Council and committees over many years at national and international levels; and, has strengthened the quality of nursing education and the nursing profession. Dean Dyck’s achievements are significant, numerous and notably meet the award’s criteria. Colleagues say she always shows a willingness to share her knowledge and experience with those around her. She is highly regarded at levels—from local to international—as one of those exceptional leaders that you hope to have the opportunity to work with one time in your career. Dr. June Anonson, director, Institute for Nursing Scholarship, School of Nursing says Dr. Dyck is one of the most transformative, innovative and inspiring leaders for nursing in this decade for western Canada and that not only does she support, encourage and empower the people around her but she also does the same to others from other institutions. / 1-866-467-4278

Dr. Cynthia Baker, Executive Director, CASN; Dr. Netha Dyck, Dean, School of Nursing; Dr. Kirsten Woodend, President, CASN Board of Directors “Her integrity and willingness to go above and beyond to support her team and students as future leaders in nursing is known across Canada,” says Anonson. “Netha will be one of those leaders long remembered with a legacy that is shown to have made a significant difference in nursing and health care in general!” Christa MacLean and Chris Barlow, both academic chairs, Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN)* (Regina and Saskatoon respectively) say they feel privileged to have Netha as dean. “She is extremely faculty- and studentcentered while also expecting the highest quality standards,” they note. “She has supported and promoted faculty development via graduate studies; curriculum indigenization; understanding and preparing for NCLEX-RN; interprofessional education; health informatics; attendance at workshops, national and international conferences; and applied research.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 11


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SCBScN program shapes the future for students Second year SCBScN* nursing student, Jayden Meville, follows her dreams and those dreams will become a reality once she graduates from the program anticipated in 2019. Entering the profession of nursing wasn’t always first on her radar screen. Initially she saw her future as a cardiothoracic surgeon during a time that she attempted to reconcile her father’s passing when he was only 26 years of age. Then, at her own young age of 17 years, she found herself in the emergency room with cardiac symptoms of her own. “My time spent in the emergency room made me realize the power of the nurse,” says Jayden. “I had been feeling a great deal of anxiety, fear, and sadness during this time, and my nurse was the one who was with me through it all. She drew smiley faces on my band aids when I had blood drawn, talked with me about my hopes and dreams, and did many small things for me that made me feel human. She created a sense of comfort, trust, and safety that I could rely on during my most vulnerable time. It was during this time that I realized—I

Jayden Meville at her first CNSA Leadership conference in Comox Valley, BC. wanted to be just like her. That’s when I chose nursing.”

the SCBScN program is shaping, that is where I need to be’.”

But nursing choices are several, especially when you qualify for full four-year tuition scholarships from universities even closer to her Prince Albert home. It was a life changing time when she again was hospitalized during some initial studies, and cared for by a third-year nurse from the SCBScN program.

She dropped a significant scholarship closer to home, and chose the SCBScN program. She hasn’t looked back. Today she is involved with the Saskatoon Nursing Students’ Society (SNSS) and the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA), in addition to pursuing her studies.

“She was everything I ever imagined a nurse to be - poised, genuine, kind, caring, and most importantly, she was there for me,” describes Jayden. “I thought to myself… ‘If this is the type of nurses

“I have made incredible friendships, partnerships, and have had endless opportunities to network with peers, colleagues, leaders, and interprofessional team members,” she smiles. “I will graduate in April of 2019, unless I accelerate, in which case I can graduate in August of 2018.”

I love about this program is all a product of the  Everything dedication and passion that these faculty members display for nursing, teaching, mentoring, and most importantly, their love of students. I have always felt extremely supported, nurtured and safe in my learning environments. / 1-866-467-4278

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this program, but I will give you a short summary,” says Jayden. “First of all, I have to give my greatest appreciation to the staff members of this program—all the way from Dean Netha Dyck, to the counsellors who listen to us, we have the greatest leaders, mentors, and support opportunities. Every instructor and faculty member I have met so far in this program has been extremely thoughtful.”

Faculty note Dean Dyck's productivity, energy and commitment to her profession, her staff, faculty and students is one of the greatest in the province of Saskatchewan. Her high level of emotional intelligence, compassion and work ethic make her an exceptional leader of this century in Canada.

“If they are reading this, they know whom they are!” “The peers in my program are incredible leaders within every year of this program,” she describes. “I am so thankful that I get to work alongside these people every day. These are people who make achieving goals and dreams possible, and who I am constantly inspired and energized by.” She reflects on three key factors which have made her choice to enter the nursing profession the right now, and shares those thoughts for others to consider: 1. Make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. Your heart has to be 100 per cent dedicated to this profession in order for you to be successful. Nursing is a challenging career, and the path to get there is just as difficult. The impact that you make on other human beings, and the friendships you make along the way, are all worth the effort. 2. Study—not because you want to get a good mark on the test, but because you realize that one day, the knowledge you possess may be enough to save your patient’s life. 3. Join the Saskatoon Nursing Students Society (SNSS). Take every opportunity you can while you’re here. Being a part of the SNSS has given me so many opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom. I truly believe I am a better person, and will be a better nurse for the experiences I have had with the SNSS. l *Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) program is offered in partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina.

Among the many accomplishments, too numerous to mention: • She has enjoyed a dynamic and diverse nursing career providing strategic leadership in a broad range of academic and nursing service leadership positions. She has also provided leadership on numerous professional and community boards, foundations and committees. • As Dean, School of Nursing, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Netha is providing innovative leadership in the delivery of 16 award winning nursing education programs to more than 3,600 students across the province and beyond. Her student-centred approach and strong support of faculty and staff have resulted in student success, teaching excellence and the advancement of research and scholarship. • She was instrumental in launching Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s first degree, the Bachelor of Psychiatric


Nursing degree program. This historic milestone exemplifies Netha’s persistent and dedicated leadership. • Under Netha’s leadership, Saskatchewan Polytechnic partnered with the University of Regina implementing two collaborative nursing degree programs. In addition to the SCBScN program, she has also introduced a second degree program in collaboration with the University of Regina, the Master of Nursing (Nursing Practitioner) program. This is a graduate program to advance registered nurses to nurse practitioners, prepared to service both urban and rural Saskatchewan communities. • Most recently, Netha has instigated advanced education programs for nursing graduates. Specifically, in fall of 2016, a new Occupational Health Nursing post-graduate certificate program was initiated. It is targeted to the expanded scope of practice for registered nurses employed in this specialty. In January 2017, the Emergency Nursing advanced certificate program will have its inaugural class, addressing the shortage of emergency nurses in both urban and rural Saskatchewan. September 2017 will see the implementation of the SCBScN After Degree Nursing Program (ADNP). l



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Saskatchewan nursing students take second place in international nursing competition Nursing students Wei Li and Nicole Marchand represented the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN)* program at the sixth annual International Nursing Skills Competition in Shanghai, China. The competition was hosted by the Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences (SUMHS) in cooperation with the Shanghai Nursing Education Group. The contest was intended to display and sharpen the nursing skills of participants and to promote the improvement of nursing education around the world. Over 100 contestants from more than 40 colleges, universities, and hospitals from the Shanghai area and abroad competed in two rounds of intense nursing scenarios. The SCBScN team competed under the international division, which was made up of 18 teams from eight countries, including Canada, the United States, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Australia and Taiwan. Contest judges were drawn from SUMHS's American and Chinese nursing faculty.

L to R: Wei Li, Saskatoon, Robyn Kobussen, Saskatoon and Nicole Marchand, Regina

“The team successfully integrated practical skills, theory, patient teaching, and therapeutic care throughout their scenarios and were awarded second place overall,” says Kobussen.

spectives on nursing care held around the world, and has allowed me to both learn from the strengths of other countries as well as share the strengths of the Canadian model of nursing with other teams,” says Marchand. “I am honoured to have been selected to represent our program, and am so thankful to the deans of nursing for providing us with this opportunity, to Robyn Kobussen for travelling with us and being an incredible resource, and to the SCBScN faculty who supported us leading up to the competition."

Nicole Marchand was pleased with the value of her experience in Shanghai.

Li also shared his gratitude toward the SCBScN program.

"Participating in the skills competition opened my eyes to the different per-

“I am deeply honoured to have participated in the International Nursing Skills

Robyn Kobussen, nursing advisor, SCBScN Saskatoon Campus says the SCBScN team did extremely well in the competition with scenarios focused on the international standard of medical care as it applies to nursing.

Competition,” says Li. “We are very appreciative of Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina supporting us in this international competition. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the deans of nursing, nursing faculty, our facilitator Robyn, and everyone who sent emails to encourage us during the competition." Kobussen adds SCBScN is both proud and excited to have two of its students place second in an international competition. "The students were wonderful ambassadors not only for the SCBScN program, but also for the province and our country,” she concludes. l

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SCBScN offers clinical teaching workshop The third Clinical Teaching Workshop for faculty of the SCBScN* program proved to be invaluable to the 30 faculty in attendance in Regina and five from the distributive learning site in Swift Current. The workshops are held to support and mentor new/newer practice education faculty. Introductory information about the principles and practices related to practice education teaching and evaluation is provided. Pat Christie, Kat Moyer, Karen Lehmann and Patti Manson planned, developed and delivered the six-hour workshop. Kristin Barbour presented on the impact of student anxiety/mental health on clinical learning. Monica Gretchen facilitated a breakout session for faculty teaching in mental health settings. Patti Manson, curriculum coordinator, SCBScN Regina Campus, says the workshop utilized feedback from the prior workshop to ensure topics and outcomes were in alignment with the faculty’s needs. “Topics included transitioning from nursing practice to nursing education; qualities of an effective clinical teacher; managing student behaviors; delivering effective feedback; organization for a clinical day; strategies for student success; preparing a mock patient assignment and networking opportunities,” says Manson. There were breakout sessions for faculty primarily teaching in mental health and community settings. An experienced faculty was placed in each break-out group to help guide new/newer faculty through learning activities. A role-play scenario served to illustrate student feedback. An emphasis on active learning was utilized to better facilitate interactive engagement and networking opportunities. Numerous resources were available including articles, books and the SCBScN Clinical Teaching Handbook. Participant feedback was overwhelmingly positive

L to R: Patricia Christie, practice support coordinator, Patti Manson, curriculum coordinator and Kat Moyer, program head

Comments from participants:

and the program intends to continue delivering this workshop on an annual basis. Learning outcomes for workshop participants were: • Apply the Nurse Educator Transition Model to their current role • Recognize the qualities and skills of an effective clinical teacher • Identify five components of the process of clinical teaching • Perform select activities of a clinical nurse educator • Create a patient/client assignment • Adapt a patient assignment (levelling, changing) • Organize a clinical day (tools and tips for faculty) • Discuss how to manage selected student behaviors/situations • Explore approaches for providing student feedback • Determine components contributing to student success • Practice Education Advisement Process • Learning plans • Recognition and management of student mental health concerns. “The workshop was a great networking and collaborative effort between Saskatchewan Polytechnic and / 1-866-467-4278

• Excellent, valuable, beneficial, applicable for both new and experienced faculty. • Well thought out, organized, very relevant, valuable. • Including information on student mental health/anxiety and how this impacts clinical performance was excellent; it “opened my mind” as to how to address this. • Information and learning useful for first time clinical faculty; reinforced approaches for faculty with some clinical teaching experience already. • Appreciated breakout sessions for community and mental health faculty as well as med/surg. • Appreciated the opportunity to network and collaborate with each other, especially as a novice instructor. • Feel more confident about using the PEAT process. • Encourage ALL clinical faculty to attend these workshops! This could give our clinical teaching more consistency.

sity of Regina,” Manson describes. “We continue to work very closely together to find ways to meet faculty needs throughout the year.”

Clinical advisement sessions and “Lunch and Learns” are examples of this continued focus. l *Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) program is offered in partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina.


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President’s Award of Excellence for Manson Patti Manson is highly regarded by her colleagues and students as someone they can rely upon. Her career has spanned 36 years and her contributions have local and international roots and impacts. These accomplishments, amongst many others, were recognized formally as she became the honoured recipient of the Saskatchewan Polytechnic President’s Award of Excellence for 2016. Manson, curriculum coordinator, Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) * Regina, has been with Saskatchewan Polytechnic since 2000 and is considered an expert faculty member in the SCBScN program. Christa MacLean, academic chair, SCBScN Regina Campus, says Manson has been an advocate of clinical teaching for many years and leads by example. “She is frequently called upon to provide clinical support for struggling students in addition to her full-time work as curriculum coordinator,” says MacLean. “She is the ‘go to’ person for both new and experienced faculty dealing with students encountering difficulty in the clinical setting.” Her coaching and mentoring focus has been important to the success of others. She is noted for helping more than 50 new faculty orientate to clinical teaching in the past two years.

President Larry Rosia presents Patti Manson with Saskatchewan Polytechnic's President's Award. In addition, she has led important curriculum initiatives within the program such as indigenization of the curriculum, chaired the exam committee, led an evaluation of Nursing Central with both students and faculty, integrated interprofessional education within the program…. and the list goes on.

Patti is an expert faculty member in the SCBScN program. She assists students and supports faculty to be successful in theory, lab and clinical. Her contributions and accomplishments have provided high quality nursing education to undergraduate nursing students while assisting fellow faculty members to do the same. - Christa MacLean, academic chair, SCBScN Regina Campus / 1-866-467-4278

“Patti’s dedication to nursing and to Saskatchewan Polytechnic is stellar. The bestowment of the prestigious President’s Award of Excellence is most deserved,” says Netha Dyck, dean, School of Nursing. “So many students and faculty have benefitted from her exceptional leadership and mentorship. She fosters the highest standards in professional nursing education.” For her part, Patti says, “It is humbling to be recognized in this way. I am deeply honored to receive the award and so fortunate to work alongside inspirational nursing colleagues.” l

*Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) program is offered in partnership with Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina.

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CAPNE bestows national honour on Anweiler Nancy Anweiler is respected by colleagues and students at Saskatchewan Polytechnic for her commitment, energy and partnership. These attributes, including many others, have led to the most deserved honour as the recipient of the 2016 Canadian Association for Practical Nurse Educators (CAPNE) Leadership in Practical Nurse Education Award. Anweiler, who has just marked three decades as a practicing registered nurse in 2017 and has been with Saskatchewan Polytechnic since 2006. She is an experienced registered nurse, curriculum coordinator, and clinical nurse educator. Her nursing career began in 1986 as a general staff nurse at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, working in a number of units: neurosciences, burns, plastic surgery, ears, nose and throat, geriatric assessment, orthopedics, and ophthalmology. Her career then took her to Kingston, Ontario where she was a general staff nurse on cardiology and neuroscience units with faculty roles at Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College. Jean Busby, program head, Practical Nursing, Saskatoon Campus, says Nancy takes extraordinary measures to meet student needs. “With Nancy collaborating with and empowering her team, she facilitates student education via classroom, and hands-on low to high fidelity simulation labs,” says Busby. “She is the conduit to aid in the meticulous planning, promotion, and follow-through of complex program scenarios. She stays in touch with students through her open door policy and regular brown bag luncheons.”

L to R: Nancy Anweiler and Billy-Jo Howe, academic chair, Practical Nursing mized or non-existent,” describes Busby. Dean Netha Dyck commended Anweiler’s contributions and noted her outstanding service, not only within the Practical Nursing program, but also across the School of Nursing and Saskatchewan Polytechnic. “Nancy is an individual who goes the extra mile in everything she does,” says Dyck. “She is deeply committed to enhancing quality education and facilitating the implementation of best practices. We are very proud that she is a member of our team.”

Anweiler is well-regarded as a faculty mentor, keeping front and centre when it comes to writing exam questions. She is appreciated for managing curriculum revisions and student evaluations. “Nancy works tirelessly, and many times as a skilled negotiator, to ensure overlaps for clinical placement requests are mini-

Anweiler is gracious about the acknowledgement. “My joy comes from good planning, finding solutions, and developing relationships with others,” says Anweiler. “When plans are successful, that is where I find the greatest satisfaction. I work with incredible faculty and management across the province. I allow myself one new mistake a day. I feel mistakes give a person character. I never take myself too seriously and enjoy what I do. It is called work but it should always be fun.” l

“Her long-standing nursing career instills in her a singular confidence to confidently lead others in a demanding environment. She is a strategic thinker who creates alternative ways to proceed faced with any given scenario. Her strengths inform her practice and are never more obvious than when working with colleagues and students.” “Nancy continually seeks to enhance quality education and facilitates the implementation of best practices.” - Jean Busby, program head, practical nursing program, Saskatoon Campus / 1-866-467-4278




The School of Nursing delivers innovative and relevant nursing and health education, generating and disseminating knowledge through scholarship and interprofessional collaboration.





• Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program (offered in collaboration with the University of Regina)

BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAMS • Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing Degree Completion Program for Graduates 2010 and Beyond • Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing Degree Completion Program for Graduates Prior to 2010 • Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) (offered in collaboration with the University of Regina)

DIPLOMA PROGRAMS • Practical Nursing • Psychiatric Nursing



• Critical Care Nursing • Diabetes Education for Health Care Professionals • Emergency Nursing (first intake January 2017) • Perioperative Nursing/LPN • Perioperative Nursing/RN


• Diabetes Education for Health Care Providers • Medical Device Reprocessing Technician • Nursing Re-entry • Orientation to Nursing in Canada for Internationally Educated Nurses


• Best Practices in Foot Care for the Registered Nurse • Care of the Bariatric Client • Care of the Patient with Lower Extremity Wounds • Care of the Patient with Kidney Disease • CCA/LPN Completer Courses • CMDRT Exam Preparation • CPNRE Exam Preparation • Documentation for LPNs • Food Care Principles and Practices • Health Assessment for LPNs • LPN Completer Courses (IV Therapy/ Blood Products, NG Tube Insertion, Tracheotomy Care) • Mental Health Nursing Courses (Assessment, Communication and Therapies) • Principles of Nursing for Outpatient Procedures • Safe Medication Administration • Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Course • TLR Training


• Health Assessment • Clinical Drug Therapy • Clinical Decision Making for RNs in Additional Authorized Practice • Other courses: Cervical Screening for RNs, Venipuncture


• Aboriginal Nursing Student Achievement Program (ANSAP) • Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN) Assessment Centre • Campus nurse practitioner services at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Regina Campus














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