Healthy Foundations: Nursing’s Role in Building Strong Aboriginal Communities

The Conference Board of Canada, 70 pages, March 13, 2015
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New technologies are making the delivery of high-quality nursing programs in Northern locations feasible. This report documents an innovative delivery model using remote presence robotics in two Northern Saskatchewan communities.

Document Highlights

The Canadian health care system would benefit from an increase in the number of Aboriginal health practitioners, and in particular nurses, who make up the largest cohort of health professionals in Aboriginal communities.

Healthy Foundations: Nurses’ Role in Building Strong Aboriginal Communities assesses the current status of the Aboriginal-registered nursing workforce and articulates the social and economic benefits that Aboriginal registered nurses provide. It also provides a case study of how the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan established an innovative delivery model using new technologies, which enables a distributed learning baccalaureate nursing program in the remote communities of La Ronge and Île-à-la-Crosse in Northern Saskatchewan. This model can be built upon for future expanded community-based nursing education delivery.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—Introduction

  • Strengthening the Aboriginal Nursing Workforce
  • Study Objectives

Chapter 2—The Current Aboriginal Health Human Resources Context

  • Making Progress
  • Existing Post-Secondary Strategies
  • Bridging and Access Programs
  • Cultural Competency and Indigenization of Curriculum
  • Distributed Learning

Chapter 3—The Case for More Aboriginal Nurses

  • Community Prosperity
  • Cultural Competence
  • Continuity of Care and Retention
  • Community Self-Sufficiency

Chapter 4—The University of Saskatchewan Model

  • Remote Presence
  • Site Selection
  • Curriculum Model
  • Challenges
  • Other Northern Nursing Programs

Chapter 5—Conclusions

  • Future Considerations
    • Appendix A—Bibliography

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