TORONTO, October 27, 2004 – Nursing education
is on the cusp of a new era – starting Jan. 1, 2005, the minimum
requirement for registered nurses entering practice in Ontario is
a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) – and nurse leaders
are focusing on the kind of education tomorrow’s nurses need
to provide the best care possible and to continue the tradition
of high-quality, knowledge-based patient care.
That is why the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario’s
Centre for Professional Nursing Excellence is hosting Embracing
the Future: Educating Tomorrow’s Nurses, an international
conference to be held in Toronto Wednesday, Oct. 27 and Thursday,
Oct. 28. More than 300 participants will join Canadian nursing leaders
from Newfoundland to B.C. for the event.
“This conference helps nurse educators face the issues and
challenges head-on and discover innovative ways to prepare the next
generation of nurses to meet the health-care needs of the diverse
public they will serve,” Irmajean Bajnok, acting executive
“In addition, RNAO will unveil a dynamic preceptor resource
kit and online tools at the conference,” said Anitta Robertson,
acting director of RNAO’s Centre for Professional Nursing
Excellence. “These tools will assist staff nurses in their
teaching roles with nursing students.” The preceptor kit is
funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
- Current challenges facing new university faculty.
This presentation explores the challenges facing new faculty –
expanded undergraduate enrolments, limited formal and informal
mentorship, reliance on casual and sessional positions, lack of
recognition for clinical expertise – and offers solutions
and strategies to retain undergraduate faculty. And Educating
tomorrow’s nurses: Ensuring the faculty will be there proposes
strategies to recruit and retain nursing faculty in light of the
growing shortage of experienced faculty and graduate students’
reluctance to undertake academic careers.
- “Leave the pack behind”: Integrating smoking
cessation into daily nursing practice. This presentation
looks at how Brock University nursing faculty are preparing tomorrow’s
nurses to contribute to an overall reduction of smoking rates
and tackle the leading preventable cause of death, disease and
- “We can make a difference”: The
experience of taking political discourse to the streets. This
presentation reveals students’ experiences lobbying for
improved environmental health and their reaction to their new-found
- Affirming at-risk minority students (ARMS) for success.
Ethnic minority representation in nursing is critical
to the delivery of quality health care for a diverse population.
This presentation examines the ARMS research project’s efforts
to create partnerships with primary and secondary schools in rural
Texas to increase student knowledge about the nursing profession
and develop a larger pool of ethnically diverse nursing students.
The conference will be followed by a half-day Nursing Education
Think Tank on Friday, Oct. 29, co-sponsored by RNAO, the Ministry
of Health and Long Term Care, and Office of Nursing Policy and Health
WHAT: Embracing the future: Educating tomorrow’s
nurses 2nd international conference sponsored by the Registered
Nurses Association of Ontario’s Centre for Professional Nursing
WHO/WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2004 8:00 a.m.
- The Honourable Mary Anne Chambers will bring greetings on behalf
of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
Keynote panel presentation (8:15 a.m.)
Interdisciplinary education in health care – The
time is now
- Judith Belle Brown, PhD, Univeristy of Western Ontario, Vernon
Curran, PhD, College of Helath Disciplines, University of British
Columbia, John Gilbert, PhD, College of Health Disciplines, University
of British Columbia, and Ivy Oandasan, MD, CCFP, MHSc, University
of Toronto and Toronto Western Hospital, will challenge participants
to integrate interdisciplinary practice models into nursing curricula
to support integrated care in health-care settings.
Learning lunch preceptor potpourri (11:45 a.m.)
- Representatives from 12 health-care organizations will be available
to share their successes and strategies to ensure nursing students,
new graduates and novice faculty benefit from the expertise of
Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004
Keynote Panel Presentation (8:30 a.m.)
Teaching Therapeutic Relationships through best practices:
- Cindy Hunt, RN, BScN, DrPH, University of New Brunswick and
Humber Institute of Advanced Learning, Jacqueline Limoges, MScN,
RN, York University and Georgian College, and Mary-Lou Martin,
RN, BScN, MEd, MScN, PhD (cand), McMaster Univeristy and St. Joseph’s
Healthcare (Hamilton), will share their experience integrating
RNAO’s best practice guideline into nursing curricula to
provide Ontario’s next generation of RNs with the most up-to-date
knowledge fundamental to high quality care.
Closing Keynote Address (3:00 p.m.)
Nursing scholarship: Learning the dance
- Vicki Greenslade, PhD, RN, Centre for Nursing Studies, St. John’s,
Newfoundland, will share her passion for clinical research and
challenge participants to maintain strong links between practice,
education and research.
WHERE: Hilton Toronto, 145 Richmond Street West,
To view the conference agenda, please visit www.rnao.ca.