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Nurse leaders meet to ensure the next generation of RNs continue the tradition of high-quality pati

Nurse leaders meet to ensure the next generation of RNs continue the tradition of high-quality pati


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 director said.

“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.

Sessions include:

  • 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 disability.
  • “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 political voice.
  • 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 Canada.

WHAT: Embracing the future: Educating tomorrow’s nurses 2nd international conference sponsored by the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario’s Centre for Professional Nursing Excellence

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 senior practitioners.

Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004

Keynote Panel Presentation (8:30 a.m.)

Teaching Therapeutic Relationships through best practices: Let’s talk

  • 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, Toronto, Ontario

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For more information, please contact:
Marion Zych, Director of Communications, RNAO
Phone: 416-408-5605
Toll free: 1-800-268-7199 ext.209
Cell: 647-406-5605