Community Health Nurses of Canada Conference

The program for the 6th annual national conference organized by the Community Health Nurses of Canada is now available. Judging from  the program, it promises to be a great event with some stellar keynote speakers and a wide range of concurrent sessions. The program provides details of several pre-conference workshops.

Having attended the founding meeting of the Community Health Nurses of Canada, I am thrilled to see that there will be a 25th anniversary celebration at this year’s conference. The conference takes place in Toronto from May 14 to 16, 2012.

For other conferences this year, please see my Events page.

Cultural Safety Curriculum Project: A New Publication

Cultural Safety Curriculum Project: A New Publication

Cultural safety workshop 2010

Last year I worked with faculty members at Thompson Rivers University (TRU) School of Nursing in Kamloops, British Columbia on a project to incorporate concepts of cultural safety into their nursing program. This project drew on the Cultural Safety Curriculum Framework developed by the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada in conjunction with the Canadian Nurses Association and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing in 2009.

At a two-day gathering in March 2010, the School of Nursing brought together a dynamic mix of students, practitioners, community partners and faculty to explore the curriculum framework. The session provided an opportunity to work with elements of the framework by identifying supports needed for students and faculty and by creating exemplars for future learning experiences at TRU. The exemplars included involving Elders in courses, a community immersion practicum, learning activities on residential school history and faculty immersion in rural and remote First Nations communities.

Star Mahara, Susan Duncan, Joanne Brown and Nora Whyte described this process and outlined the exemplars in an article that is now available online in the International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, published by Berkeley Electronic Press. Our article also discusses the development of an advocacy statement in support of Aboriginal students within the School of Nursing and the university community as a whole.

After reviewing the relevant literature on this topic and writing drafts of the manuscript, we were delighted to receive word that it was accepted for publication following a peer review process. Please find our article, “It Takes a Community to Raise a Nurse: Educating for Culturally Safe Practice with Aboriginal Peoples”, at http://www.bepress.com/ijnes/vol8/iss1/art17.