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Friday, May 16 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
‘Kenkneyt’: BScN Student Immersion in Rural Aboriginal Nursing Practice

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To address the identified shortage of registered nurses and their high rate of turnover in First Nations communities, a clinical nursing education practice hub was established at the Conayt Friendship Centre in Merritt, BC, in 2011. The intention of this partnership was twofold: to strengthen friendship and cooperation between Aboriginal peoples and the faculty/students of TRU School of Nursing, and to provide culturally relevant education to BScN students who would then promote the health of Aboriginal people.


The intended audience for this presentation includes post-secondary educators and community-based researchers interested in Aboriginal contexts. This presentation might also be of value to K-12 teachers, particularly those associated with First Nations communities. The ‘Kәnkneyt’ presentation will focus on the:

  • History of the Conayt Nursing Education Hub
  • Enactment of the Conayt curriculum: Development of resources for an immersion clinical experience
  • Movement forward: Present-day and future plans

Learning outcomes include an increased understanding by presentation participants regarding:

  • The theoretical basis for practice in the Conayt/Nicola Valley centres and where this knowledge was accessed
  • How the locations of clinical placements contributed to student learning and the health of the communities in which they were located
  • The rewards and challenges of this immersion experience for BScN Student in rural Aboriginal nursing practice


Of Interest to: Post-secondary education, K-12 educators, Researchers

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Sherrie Bade

School of Nursing, Thompson Rivers University
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Nicola Valley Elders

Conayt Friendship Centre
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Steven Ross

Lecturer, School of Nursing, Thompson Rivers University
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Tanya Sanders

Lecturer, School of Nursing, Thompson Rivers University

Friday May 16, 2014 11:30am - 12:30pm PDT
Campus Activity Centre, TRUSU Lecture Hall 900 McGill Road, Kamloops BC, Canada V2C 0C8

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