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Nursing News Nursing student honoured for contributions in community health

Applied research in nursing to beneďŹ t safety in mining Nursing students learn from international clinical experience Faculty and students honoured for outstanding accomplishments Nurse practitioner online course receives national recognition


Published by the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Nursing Division

Contents International clinical practice education: a life-changing experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Enhancing cultures of safety in the mining industry . . . . . . . . . .3 Pearls of wisdom gained from study and experience in Uganda . . . . . . .4 Exchange program to Mexico expands horizons . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 SRNA awards acknowledge four outstanding SIAST accomplishments . . . . . . . .6 International nursing award from Chair Academy for associate dean . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 New course developed for nurse practitioners gains national recognition . . . . . .8

ON THE COVER Dr. Larry Rosia, president and CEO, SIAST, pictured with Alixe Dick at SIAST Kelsey Campus graduation ceremonies.

Message from the dean

International clinical practice education: a life-changing experience


s you will read in this edition of our newsletter, our Practical Nursing students had the opportunity to experience nursing care in Kampala, Uganda, and our SCBScN students experienced clinical practice in Colima, Mexico. In both instances, students and faculty described their international clinical experience as life-changing, both personally and professionally. International clinical practice education is increasingly becoming an integral component of nursing education programs. Nursing students must be prepared to embrace both the challenges and the exciting opportunities of our global community. Local communities are becoming more culturally diverse. With the mobility of people across international boundaries, patients and their families come from diverse cultural backgrounds and socioeconomic groups. As such, it is important for nursing education programs to prepare graduates to work with diverse populations. Students need to develop cross-cultural communication skills and become knowledgeable about health care and nursing issues in a global context. International clinical experiences provide students with the

Alixe Dick, nursing student, Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, received the Outstanding Citizenship Award at the SIAST Kelsey Campus graduation ceremony. The Outstanding Citizenship Award is presented to a SIAST student who has demonstrated leadership and community involvement, is a role model within the campus community and active contributor to the program and/or campus, and demonstrates strong personal character, integrity and professionalism.


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Dr. Netha Dyck, dean of Nursing

opportunity to develop these skills and acquire knowledge. Students are presented with opportunities to engage in a culture different from their own and develop their cultural competence through international clinical experiences. As students learn about different backgrounds and the values that drive them, they gain an understanding and acceptance of differences in patients and co-workers. Another benefit of international nursing experiences is the opportunity to examine nursing practice and education in different cultures, to compare and understand the different health-care systems, and to appreciate the impact of availability of resources on the delivery of health care. These international experiences advance nursing and health-care knowledge and enhance the quality of care given to all patients and families. The SIAST Nursing Division is committed to offering international clinical experiences that will prepare nurses to work with diverse populations, cultures and health-care settings. I commend all those who have reached out beyond the borders to learn from experiences internationally, and thank those faculty and staff who have literally gone the extra mile to make everyone’s time so worthwhile. Best wishes for a safe and fun-filled summer with family and friends.

Significant research initiative

Enhancing cultures of safety in the mining industry


IAST and the University of Saskatchewan have received a grant of more than $785,000 over two years from the International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII). The funding will support a project focused on sustainable strategies for improving and maintaining safety behaviours of employees. Dr. Lyle Grant, coordinator for the Institute for Nursing Scholarship, SIAST Nursing Division, and researcher for this project, says the funding award recognizes the importance the Nursing Division has to addressing health and safety issues within Saskatchewan communities. The project demonstrates an ability and desire to work collaboratively with industry, other institutions, and communities to address important applied research questions. “The award is significant to advancing the scholarship and research objectives of SIAST and the Nursing Division and directly connects the Nursing Division with the applied research needs of the mining industry and communities in Saskatchewan,” said Dr. Grant. “The

research project will also contribute to larger applied research goals of the Nursing Division that include improving wellness of rural communities in Saskatchewan.” Phase one of the project has been funded by the International Minerals Innovation Institute (IMII) and is shared with the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Psychology. The current research proposal involves collaboration among the IMII, industry members, the university and SIAST. “The project is designed to build upon the existing strengths and expertise of industry partners to offer innovation and augment capacity to further improve safety attitudes and behaviours,” he added. The overall goals of the project are to identify how employees’ values, attitudes and personal traits influence their safety engagement; to inform understandings that further promote cultures of safety both on-site and at home; and, to build upon existing knowledge and expertise to further enhance safety education and training.

Dr. Lyle Grant, coordinator, Institute for Nursing Scholarship

“Enhancing employee engagement in safety supports workplace safety and encourages employees’ safety at home and in their communities,” Dr. Grant says. “The project has far-reaching benefits to employees and their families and communities, and to economic security with reciprocal gain to industry and macro economies.”

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Students welcomed and valued

Pearls of wisdom gained from study and experience in Uganda T

hirteen students and three faculty members brought back invaluable pearls of wisdom after an extraordinary, three-week study and clinical experience in Kampala, Uganda. Under the supervision of SIAST Practical Nursing faculty members, the students collaborated with the healthcare team in the delivery of patient care and health teaching. They worked alongside Ugandan nursing students and staff as they delivered care to patients on surgical, medical, maternity, pediatric and outpatient units at St. Raphael of St. Francis Hospital. SIAST Practical Nursing faculty member and curriculum facilitator, Marla Fraser, said the local partner at the hospital, Nsambya Nursing School, was welcoming and wonderful. Fraser assisted with pre-planning and on-site work. “While in Uganda, the students were able to apply their nursing theory and skills in a new setting and collaborate with health professionals on a variety of units to deliver patient care,” said Fraser. “Through the process, they gained an appreciation and knowledge of cultural diversity and common health practices, different health-care delivery systems and roles and responsibilities of the nurses in Uganda.” One of the students who participated in this Uganda journey, Karlee Luchenski, reflected on her experiences: “Working at the hospital in Uganda was an experience that I can not only apply to my career as a practical nurse, but also my personal life,” said Luchenski. “I learned critical thinking skills, cultural awareness, and what it is like to be in someone else’s shoes. This was truly a life-changing experience.” There was also a humanitarian aspect to the experience. The students had the opportunity to visit the St. Peterspri School as well as Watoto Orphanage in Kampala for interaction with the com-


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With Ugandan students, left to right: Courtney Berg, student, SIAST Woodland Campus; Marla Fraser, faculty, SIAST Wascana Campus; Stephanie Lalonde, student, SIAST Woodland Campus; Kristin Berg, student, SIAST Kelsey Campus.

munity and to provide a donation of items they assembled prior to the trip. This included hospital supplies and equipment such as infant diapers and baby scales from the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, toothbrushes and toothpaste from SIAST’s dental programs, teaching stethoscopes and dressing supplies from SIAST’s simulation learning centres, aero-chambers (for inhaled medications) from many individuals in Regina, suitcases to transport items, school supplies donated from students and friends, infant clothing, baby blankets, hospital supplies and textbooks donated by SIAST’s nursing programs.


“The appreciation for these items was overwhelming,” Fraser noted. Heather Gold and Debbie Norton were the other Practical Nursing faculty who participated in the Uganda trip. Heather Gold was the lead for this unique experience. This was her second trip to Uganda with Practical Nursing students. Participating students were from SIAST's Wascana, Kelsey and Woodland campuses. In some cases, the students met each other for the first time in the Toronto airport prior to departure. The friendships and reflections of this experience will be treasured for a lifetime.

Students discover similarities and differences

Exchange program to Mexico expands horizons


n exchange program that offers Canadian and Mexican students the opportunity to share insights, increase their cultural awareness, and examine the impact of different health care systems on the role of the nurse, is being described as a life-changing experience. One of the six participating students, Natasha Preza of Saskatoon, describes the six weeks in Mexico as a real personal growth experience that has increased her respect for the profession and provided great inspiration to continue to pursue her dream of becoming a registered nurse. “We learned how to provide care within a welcoming environment where everyone connected professionally and was committed to patient care, much like in Canada,” Preza said. “I would do it again in a heartbeat!” The current partnership between the University of Colima and the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) program offered jointly with the University of Regina, grew out of a previous collaborative agreement. In 2007, Reny Loewen, SCBScN faculty member, developed a proposal for an international nursing student exchange program and received a grant from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). From that point, history continues to be made. In 2012, a new collaborative agreement with the University of Colima and the SCBScN program was signed. Last year, Loewen conducted a site visit and made arrangements with the University of Colima for a SCBScN faculty member and six students to study nursing in Mexico. In preparation, SCBScN students completed a Spanish language course before spending six weeks in Mexico studying CNUR 302 (Theory and Practice Education: Child and Adolescent Partnerships). “With increasing international mobility opportunities and rapid changes in technology, the world is becoming more closely interconnected,” Loewen said. “Nurse educators are increasingly challenged to design curricula and adapt

Left to right: Derek Wheatley, Natasha Preza, Charlyn Nebozenko, Renee Andres, Keven Fountaine, Kirstin Sparrow and Sybil Morgan

programming to increase cultural sensitivity, awareness, and knowledge. Exchange programs such as this offer nursing students the opportunity for an enhanced awareness of cultural diversity and the development of an appreciation of health care and health-care practices other than their own.” Nursing faculty member, Sybil Morgan, said that in addition to the pediatric course and practicum, the experience in Colima helped students to understand some of the similarities and differences between the two countries in health-care practices and nursing education. “We experienced some amazing learning opportunities,” said Morgan. “The Mexican students are part of a scholastic model which involves considerable community work as part of their studies. A unique feature of their nursing program is that at the end of their fourth year of theory and practica, they serve a fifth year in various community settings, essentially a ‘social work’ year.” “We also saw some unique delivery options which included ‘health caravans’ bringing health-care services to isolated communities,” Morgan described. “It made us think about how this type of model could be utilized in our own province with some of the same diverse

needs in northern communities.” The students also faced some intriguing medical situations including reading medication labels in Spanish, working with different equipment and supplies, and observing unique medical conditions such as scorpion stings. Timing for the exchange was something that brought a smile. Mexico sunshine instead of the extreme prairie winter back home was welcome. Morgan describes Colima as a beautiful city with a warm and welcoming university community. It is about half the size of Saskatoon, approximately an hour’s drive from Manzanillo. She also praised the host families for their incredible hospitality. “The generosity was wonderful,” she notes. Preza couldn’t agree more and hopes to take her parents back there someday for a visit with her hosts who became her family during her time in Mexico. “We still keep in touch,” Preza shares. “Our host families were simply amazing.” This experience is one of the first opportunities for SCBScN students to study abroad. Plans are currently in progress for the development of more international opportunities for SCBScN students and faculty. | 1-866-goSIAST(467-4278)


SIAST recipients are professional leaders

SRNA awards acknowledge four outstanding SIAST accomplishments


here was plenty to be proud of as the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA) celebrated the accomplishments of SIAST faculty and students at its annual meeting in May. Recipients from SIAST for contributions improving and advancing health and the profession included Alixe Dick, Dr. Lyle G. Grant, Carole Houston and Cindy Smith. Dr. Netha Dyck, dean of Nursing, attended the ceremony and said the achievements of the faculty, staff and students are remarkable. “The impressive contributions of these individuals is leading edge for our profession,” said Dyck. “We are immensely proud of each of these significant milestones.” The Ruth Hicks Award for Student Leadership was awarded to Alixe Dick, who is currently enrolled as a student in the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN), a collaborative program offered jointly by SIAST and the University of Regina. She plans to complete the program by 2015. At the awards’ ceremony, the citation noted Dick showed an early interest in health care when she started volunteering/fundraising for the Saskatoon City Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House. She continued her passion for helping others when she began working at Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health (SWITCH). Today she uses her newly acquired skills to assist students and mentors of other disciplines as a member of the clinical team. She is a founding member of the Student National Council of Clinics and has presented at conferences such as: All Together Better Health Conference in Australia and the Student Management Interprofessional Health Initiatives in the United States. “I am humbled and honoured to receive the SRNA’s Ruth Hicks Award for Student Leadership. I would like to thank Robyn Kobussen, Chris Barlow and Netha Dyck for the nomination. I feel so lucky to be recognized early in my nursing career for my contributions. I am looking


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Left to right: Dr. Lyle Grant, coordinator, Institute for Nursing Scholarship; Carole Houston, faculty, Perioperative Nursing program; Alixe Dick, student, Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program; Cindy Smith, associate dean of Nursing; Dr. Netha Dyck, dean of Nursing.

forward to continuing on with my nursing degree and I’m very honored to be a part of SCBScN,” said Dick. Dr. Lyle Grant, coordinator of SIAST’s Institute for Nursing Scholarship and was awarded the SRNA Effie Feeny Award for Nursing Research. Grant’s research projects cover a wide range of subjects such as implementation of tobacco control policies, safety engagement of employees in the mining industry, and examining the challenges and opportunities for faculty engagement in research at colleges and polytechnic institutions. He has initiated and currently leads eight research projects, has helped develop scholarship strategic plans for some of the 17 nursing programs at SIAST and has been awarded more than $750,000 in research funding in the last two years. His capacity to include as many people as possible in his research activities has made him a leader in bridging the gap between academia, practice, community, and industry. “I feel very honoured to receive this award and it has special meaning for me because it is a peer award,” said Grant. “My work is supported through the efforts of many, and winning the award is not because of a singular solitary effort or through a singular accomplishment;


the award, in my mind, is shared with many who contribute to my research and scholarship programs.” “I am fortunate to work in an environment where my vision of collaboration, partnership, growth and development is shared with others, including our dean,” he added. “We have tremendous momentum in nursing research at SIAST and I share this award with all of my colleagues here.” The SRNA Helen Walker Award for Innovation was awarded to Carole Houston, faculty member within the Perioperative Nursing program. The SRNA described Houston as someone with a passion for teaching and balancing students’ needs with the most appropriate tools for delivery. She embraces technology in the classroom and was essential in the development of InstruMentor™, a mobile application for student learning. This mobile application helps students in the surgical environment to identify instruments used in the operating room. Houston was responsible for the creation of the images and text, ensuring Canadian content, the audio pronunciation and the 3D images for the application. The mobile app is used in both the Perioperative Nursing program and Medical Device Reprocessing courses. She has incorporated use of technology continued on page 7

Leaders from around the world gather

International nursing award from Chair Academy for associate dean A prestigious international award which recognizes the ability of the recipient to advance academic and administrative leadership on a campus has been awarded to Cindy Smith, associate dean of Nursing. Smith was honoured with the 2014 Dr. Idahlynn Karre Exemplary Leadership Award at the Chair Academy’s 23rd annual international conference held in St. Louis, Missouri, March 25–28, 2014. The criteria identifies individuals who have created programs to enhance diverse offerings and meet the needs of the ever-changing college population. It is viewed as exemplary by colleagues. The award is presented to someone who has created an environment in which others are empowered and who models loyalty, commitment, integrity, acceptance and open communication to enhance overall effectiveness of their area in their institution. Nursing Division dean Netha Dyck said Smith’s contributions are worthy of the international recognition, noting the enhancement for the learning community at SIAST. “Cindy’s expertise and passion for ex-

cellence in nursing education has made an invaluable contribution in numerous areas including leadership in educational planning and policy development, supporting student success, facilitating innovation in curriculum design, promoting interprofessional education, establishing the Aboriginal Nursing Student Achievement Program, advancing engagement in scholarship, and supporting faculty development,” Dyck said. “She has also served as a mentor and role model to many of her colleagues. Her nomination is strongly supported by the nursing division leadership team and her SIAST colleagues.” The Chair Academy has offered world-class, competency-based leadership development programs for college and university leaders since 1992. Leadership programs are offered at the organizational, state, regional, national and international level. Smith, who was one of four Canadian nominations recognized, said she felt very proud and honoured to receive this award and thanked her colleagues for all the support over the years. “I believe my strength as a leader

comes from recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of many outstanding individuals who have contributed to nursing education in sustained and significant ways,” Smith said. The annual international leadership conference attracts leaders from around the world to experience distinguished keynote speakers and presentations. The Academy refereed journal is respected as a source of inspiration and best practices in leadership.

SRNA award recipients... continued

Smith, was the recipient of the SRNA Elizabeth Van Valkenburg Award for Leadership in Nursing Education. Smith has been recognized for her innovative leadership in nursing, passion for excellence in nursing education and unmatched commitment to strategic education planning and policy development. She has provided leadership for effective program design, development and delivery, innovating teaching methods and education material. She is committed to promoting a student-centred approach to nursing education. Her continual support and mentorship of others has nurtured program heads and external colleagues. She arranges for renowned speakers and engaging presenters to be hosted by SIAST to address

best practices in teaching and learning while supporting faculty and staff to present and disseminate their scholarly work at numerous conferences. With her support, the SIAST mentorship team will be hosting an Interprofessional Mentorship Conference with the International Mentoring Association in May, 2015. “I feel very privileged to be considered for this award and am so respectful of the past recipients,” said Smith. “I have the opportunity to work with a group of outstanding leaders every day in the nursing division leadership team. They are real leaders, ensuring nursing students receive quality nursing education. We celebrate the success of our students and are proud of the quality of our graduates.”

in her teaching and nursing and encourages those around her to do the same. “Receiving this award from peers was most humbling,” said Houston. “I am honoured to be recognized in this way. SIAST has been so supportive throughout the whole process of development.” Houston said every student who will be working with surgical instruments will benefit from this app. “This includes perioperative, medical device reprocessing, medical, veterinarian and dental students. It will be available for most mobile devices. It will replace the textbook that shows the instruments in a picture image,” she said. Associate dean of Nursing, Cindy

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Early feedback beneficial

New course developed for nurse practitioners gains national recognition


n innovative new course developed by SIAST Nursing faculty has received recognition across Canada. The course is designed to meet the needs of nurse practitioners when prescribing controlled drugs and substances. Members of SIAST’s Nursing faculty, Joyce Bruce RN (NP), and Lynn Miller, DNP NP, updated the content to meet the requirements of the SRNA for PHAR 1604 - Controlled Drugs and Substances Prescribing for Nurse Practitioners, which became available in January 2014. The course content will be directly implemented into the new Collaborative Nurse Practitioner Program (CNPP) to be offered jointly by SIAST and the University of Regina. The CNPP is designed for practicing registered nurses who wish to advance their education and obtain NP licensure. Students will graduate with a Master’s of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) degree. The curriculum accommodates changes to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). It includes the addition of the New Classes of Practitioners Regulations that will permit nurse practitioners, midwives and podiatrists to possess, administer, prescribe, sell or provide and/or transport drugs and sub-

stances listed in the CDSA. SRNA has also moved forward with its implementation and is in the process of finalizing pertinent regulations and developing CDSA prescribing resources. Once this is completed, NPs in Saskatchewan will begin to prescribe under this legislation. The content for the course was reviewed by the Canadian Council of Registered Nurse Regulators (CCRNR). It has now been approved as one of the recommended educational courses nurse practitioners are required to complete prior to prescribing under the new regulations in many provincial jurisdictions. The course has already been completed by 28 nurse practitioners since recommendation by the CCRNR. Twenty-one are external to Saskatchewan from jurisdictions including Nova Scotia, Alberta, and Ontario. “The course is being seen as meeting the needs of the nurse practitioners in a significant way,” said Miller. “The early feedback indicates the course is realistic and practice-centred, with potential for many more to access its benefits.” Joyce Bruce agrees and says the online mode of delivery makes it convenient and accessible. “Registration is easy by phone,” de-

Nursing students, Alixe Dick (left) and Devon Stelwagen (right), received the SIAST Nursing Division Leadership Team Award. This award is presented to students enrolled in Nursing programs who have exhibited leadership qualities. Alixe is enrolled in the SCBScN program. Devon was a student in the Practical Nursing program at SIAST Wascana Campus. He was also President of the Students’ Association, SIAST Wascana Campus.


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Lynn Miller, DNP NP, faculty, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program

Joyce Bruce, RN (NP), program head, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program

scribes Bruce. “It’s a self-study online course and students are evaluated through online assessment.” “This approach to delivery is valuable for future continuing education expectations that are being required by regulators and employers,” said Miller. SIAST hopes to offer more courses for practicing professionals to meet regulatory requirements in authorized practice and special nursing procedures. “The work of the SIAST team in leading this course development is commendable,” said Dean Netha Dyck. “Students can study at their own convenience, time and location while balancing many responsibilities. This is a significant accomplishment for our faculty. Our faculty are assisting nurse practitioners in keeping pace with changes in legislation and our profession,” said Dyck.

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