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SCBScN Program launches long-awaited Bilingual Option.

By Iryn Tushabe

Posted:December 14th, 2018

Bilingual Option 2018

From left to right: Sabrina Michaud, Brenna Zanni, Joelle Lapierre, Siarra Fremont, Megan Getz, Daisi Tramer, Avery Topp

Seven first-year nursing students are taking their Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) classes in both French and English, thanks to the recently launched Bilingual Option.

“I got accepted in both programs, but I chose the Bilingual option,” says student nurse Sabrina Michaud who moved to Saskatchewan from Montreal six years ago. “I strongly believe that we need to have healthcare professionals who can serve the French community in French.”

Her colleague Joëlle Lapierre agrees. “But also for me,” Lapierre adds, “it’s an opportunity to maintain my French culture throughout my education.”  

Fifty percent of the classes are taught in French while the other half is covered in English.

         “In an ideal world we would have established a French-language only option like the one that exists, for example, at Université de Saint-Boniface in Winnipeg,” says david Gregory, Dean, Faculty of Nursing at the University of Regina. “But, like the University of Alberta, we decided to look at the Bilingual option as a first step forward.”   

The SCBScN program (a collaboration between the Faculty of Nursing at the U of R and the School of Nursing at Sask. Polytech) partnered with La Cité Universitaire Francophone to offer the bilingual option.

Program Liaison Francine Proulx-Kenzle says the SCBScN program was a natural fit as partners in improving the quality of healthcare services for Saskatchewan’s francophone community. “Plus,” she adds, “dean Gregory is a champion for diversity, so that made it an easy decision.”

A former professor at the University of Manitoba where French-language programs are abundant, Gregory says he was surprised by the lack of similar opportunities at the U of R. “I approached the Provost and he thought it was a good idea,” he explains. “And that’s when we started to work with La Cité.”

That work, which began in 2015, culminated in the enrolment of seven students –seven being the magic number when it comes to clinical placements in hospitals – this fall.

“So far, so good,” Proulx-Kenzle says, adding that the first semester, bilingual or not, is tough on new students. “But we’re here to support them and to provide them with the resources that they need.”

“We’re like the little guinea pigs of the program,” Lapierre says. Even though she appreciates the advantages of a close-knit group, like the schoolwork help they offer each other, Lapierre says she has sometimes missed interacting with the larger SCBScN student community. “But maybe that’s because this semester all our CNUR classes were in French, which probably won’t be the case next semester.”

“They’re not on their own except for the French classes,” says dean Gregory, explaining that the students will have more opportunities to be part of the larger SCBScN cohort as they advance through the four-year degree program.

He adds that talks are underway with representatives from the three French-language nursing programs in Western Canada to share resources and exchange knowledge because, “it’s a minority situation with French-language programs.”

“But perhaps more importantly,” he observes, “in terms of registered nurses who will be able to provide nursing services in English and/or French, that reveals the importance of La Cité to this partnership.”

The next school year will see seven more students enrolled in the Bilingual Option, growing the program’s capacity to fourteen students. “Then it will continue to accumulate like that,” explains Proulx-Kenzle. “The neighbouring universities have intakes of about 30 each year, so why couldn’t we?”

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Faculty of Nursing graduates its first special case doctoral student

By Iryn Tushabe

Posted:October 26th, 2018

Indigenous Mentorship

The stories of pregnant women struggling with substance use disorders are at the heart of Jodie Bigalky’s PhD thesis which she successfully defended this May.

“We know from the literature that there is stigma associated with drug use, but when the drug user is a pregnant woman, that stigma is magnified,” said Bigalky at the recently-concluded Canadian Doctoral Nursing Network Conference, where she presented her study — “Pregnancy, Motherhood, and Addiction: A Narrative Inquiry into the Lives of Three Women.”— to a room full of Canadian and International nursing scholars. “Women are fearful to even access healthcare because of previous negative experiences where they felt judged or disrespected by a care provider.” 

As a practicing registered nurse herself, Bigalky said she felt bothered by how pregnant women with histories of addiction were sometimesgiven care. “I feel we can do better,” she said.

So, when the opportunity presented itself for her to pursue a PhD, she knew she had the opportunity to give voice to these marginalized women. She hopes to begin to shift the perspective of not only nurses and healthcare professionals, but also others who may work with pregnant women experiencing addiction.

“To read the women’s stories is to understand their experiences,” said Faculty of Nursing Dean david Gregory, who co-supervised Bigalky’s PhD research alongside Dr. Glenn Donnelly, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research. “There’s a lot of suffering and sorrow in their experiences, and there’s some joy as well,” Dr. Gregory explained, calling Bigalky’s work remarkable and original.

“It reveals the struggles encountered and lived by these women, and the hard work they did to try to manage their addictions while they were pregnant,” Gregory added.

Dr. Donnelly said Biglaky’s work is important because very little has been done in the area of addiction and pregnancy, especially from the perspective of the women themselves.

“It’s cutting edge, too, in some ways because her method — narrative inquiry — gives us interesting information, real stories, not numbers, that we didn’t have before,” said Dr. Donnelly, whose research is also primarily in the area of addiction.

For Bigalky, this research, though it’s the first of its kind in nursing, is not enough. The women she followed throughout their pregnancies weren’t first time mothers. They told her that in the past, pregnancy motivated them to quit or decrease their drug use, but the stressful period following childbirth often drew them back into heavy drug use.

“So now I’m wondering, what would it look like if I were to spend the next six months with the women from the time their baby was born until six months later?” Bigalky asked, explaining that her research concluded six weeks after the women had given birth to their babies. “What could we learn from their experience that could help us better support women following birth that would promote keeping families together?”

There are multiple opportunities for continued research in the area, Bigalky said, addint, “Pregnancy is only a small glimpse into a woman’s life, and as healthcare professionals we need to be aware of the potential experiences that the women may be dealing with so that we can better care for them with compassion, empathy, and respect.”

Bigalky’s successful completion of her doctoral research also spells success for the Faculty of Nursing, convocating their first PhD graduate in October 2018. There are two new students currently enrolled in the faculty’s special case PhD program, with studies custom-tailored to their research topics.

Indigenous Mentorship Network inspires nursing students and staff

By Iryn Tushabe

Posted:October 24th, 2018

Indigenous Mentorship

From L-R: Mary Hasfjord, Alex Hodson, Shay McNabb and Levi Paul.

The first annual Saskatchewan Indigenous Mentorship Network (SK-IMN) gathering was invigorating for nursing student Mary Hasfjord; she hopes more staff and students will attend the conference next year. 

“The U of R is advocating for Indigenization of our programs and I feel like it would be hard to teach this content if you have no exposure or experience with it,” says the third year student, one of three SCBScN students who attended the SK-IMN gathering that took place September 8-9, 2018 at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatchewan. 

Describing the event as both inspiring and humbling, Hasfjord says it broadened her knowledge and curiosity about the health needs of the Indigenous communities where she hopes to practise upon graduation.

Like her, Levi Paul, another SCBScN student who attended the conference, has his mind set on working with underserved communities in rural Saskatchewan. “I have a family member who currently does that, and it was interesting listening to Dr. Roger Maaka and learning how his experience working with Indigenous communities in New Zealand mirrors what’s going on in Canada.”

Dr. Maaka — a Professor in Māori and Indigenous Studies at the Eastern Institute of Technology, Te Aho a Māui in New Zealand — was one of the keynote speakers at the inaugural SK-IMN. Dr. Carrie Bourassa, Chair in Indigenous & Northern Health and Senior Scientist at Health Sciences North Research Institute, delivered the second keynote address. She is also Scientific Director of the Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

For Paul, the challenges both speakers talked about, as well as the strategies that were discussed throughout the two-day conference, reinforce the importance of SK-IMN. 

“Cultural diversity and wholistic nursing are critical components of both our training and our practice, but that’s not to say that as a nursing student you will necessarily encounter those experiences,” Paul says. “So, a conference like this is a place to broaden your concept of the people you will be working with.”

Cultural activities at the gathering included beading, roasting bannock, a mini Cree immersion session, an archaeological tour of Wanuskewin Heritage Park, and a sleep over in the tipi village.

“Once I heard of the conference through an email from my Indigenous nursing student advisor, I immediately signed myself up,” says SCBScN student Shay McNabb, describing the gathering as part conference and part culture camp. 

McNabb is the Canadian Nursing Student Association (CNSA) associate delegate to the University of Regina Nursing Student Society (URNSS). She also sits on the CNSA Indigenous Health Advocacy Committee.

Having grown up in urban Regina, McNabb says that outside of dancing Pow Wow she never got to learn “or experience the land as Indigenous people who live on reserves might.” The conference was an opportunity for her to further her commitment to actively learn about her culture while at the same time celebrating it.

“It was a very open and forgiving environment; no question asked was ‘stupid,’” she explained, adding she was happy to connect with like-minded participants, and to talk about her ups and downs as an Indigenous nursing student.

McNabb’s sentiments resonate with nursing instructor Alexandra Hodson. “It truly was a valuable experience and I am so appreciative to the students for being so open to sharing.”

Hodson says the informal setting and welcoming atmosphere at the event was the ideal setting for open discussions about Indigenization between student and teacher. “The term Indigenization is complex and abstract, however the feedback I received from students was practical and insightful, which has helped increase my understanding of these concepts,” she says.

A new faculty member at the Saskatoon campus, Hodson says she looks forward to partnering with students in the future as she works towards Indigenizing her teaching.

Doctoral conference cultivates global perspectives in nursing research.

By Iryn Tushabe

Posted:July 3rd, 2018

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Dr. david Gregory, Dean Faculty of Nursing.

For Dr. Sonja McIlfatrick, doctoral education in nursing ought to be focused more on the student rather than on their thesis. McIlfatrick, who heads the School of Nursing at Ulster university in Ireland, made this argument during her keynote speech — “Doctoral nurse education in a global world: challenges and opportunities” — as part of the Canadian Doctoral Nursing Network Conference which concluded at the University of Regina on June 13th.
“The student should be the product,” she emphasized, adding that the best PhD programs across the world were the ones that equipped the scholar with a plethora of research skills they could carry forward to future independent projects, “as opposed to just having a thesis which may end up on the shelf and nobody ever reads it again,” she said.
McIlfatrick is also the current (and first non-US) president of INDEN — The International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing — a non-profit association whose mission is to advance quality doctoral nursing education globally.
She pointed out some key challenges facing doctoral nursing education, including funding for research, quality mentorship, inter-professional collaboration, and enrolment practices that are prohibitive for students.
“Historically we’ve always said you need to do your undergraduate degree, then get your masters, and then you can move on to your PhD,” she said. “Now, we don’t necessarily see it that way.”
She added that nursing PhD programs often require that students have a number of years of clinical work experience, an assumption that needed to be challenged since, “that’s not the case in other disciplines.”
While she agreed the masters’ dissertation was, “a bit like dipping your toes in the water,” and clinical experience was an obvious advantage, she said that imposing these restrictions on every potential student was disadvantageous.
McIlfatrick, who has researched and teaches courses in nursing and palliative care, called upon fellow professors at the conference to identify students who had an aptitude for research and nudged them in the direction of PhD scholarship.
“I have some students who have moved into their PhD without a master’s degree, and have successfully completed the doctoral program,” she said, adding that establishing a research profile post-PhD takes years, so starting that career early is important.
Later in the afternoon, Dr. Marlene Smadu, former Vice-President of Quality and Transformation with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR), presented her keynote speech — “Transformers: The Rise of the Doctorally-Prepared Nurses” — in which she assured the PhD students in the room of the job opportunities they could tap into upon graduation.
“Typically PhD-prepared nurses often go into education and research jobs, but there’re so many other places where they can be useful,” she said, adding there’s now employability in public healthcare for even those doctorally prepared nurses with no prior clinical experience.
For instance, she said, PhD-educated nurses possessed the necessary skillset to provide leadership in facilitating policy development in governmental or private organizations.
In her previous position as Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Principal Nursing Advisor for the government of Saskatchewan, Smadu said she relied heavily upon her doctorally-acquired capacity to review literature and translate that knowledge into the development of policies beneficial to the government’s agenda as well as public health.
“We can’t expect practitioners who are busy doing work in the clinic or hospital every day to necessarily get into the literature and try and understand the evidence,” she explained, talking about her work with RQHR. “But we need people who can be knowledge translators, and I did that as a PhD-prepared nurse because I had access to literature and the know-how to interpret and apply it.
” Commending the University of Regina and the Faculty of Nursing for organizing the Canadian Doctoral Nursing Network Conference, Smadu said the coming together of Canadian and international nursing scholars encouraged a “cross-pollination across universities and indeed even countries.”
“It creates a safe and invigorating environment for doctoral students, and my understanding is that those who come stay connected and continue to provide support to each other.
” The Canadian Doctoral Nursing Network Conference (CDNN) is only one of two such conferences in Canada. Now in its third year, the conference took place June 11the to 13th, in the U of R’s Research and Innovation building, and included keynote speeches, workshops and abstract presentations by PhD Students.

1,000th graduate of SCBScN program celebrated at 2018 Spring Convocation

By Greg Campbell

Posted:June 8, 2018 11:30 a.m

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Christen Van De Woestyne, who graduates today, is the 1,000th graduate of the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Photo: U of R Photography.

When it comes to health care, Saskatchewan has always been a land of firsts. In 1951, for the first time in medical history, doctors and medical students in the province successfully treated a cancer patient using cobalt-60 radiation therapy. In 1961, the province introduced Canadas first universal health care plan. And, in 2011, in collaboration with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the first classes of the innovative Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) program were offered.

Since then, the programs reputation, coupled with the rising need for nursing graduates in the province, has resulted in an ongoing and robust interest from applicants. From the time of the first graduates of the program in 2014, the majority of SCBScN alumni have gone on to fill nursing roles across the province.

Today, when Christen Van De Woestyne walks across the Convocation stage she will have officially earned her BScN degree. In the process, she becomes the 1,000 graduate in the programs history and one of 166 nursing students earning degrees at the 44th annual Spring Convocation, the largest spring ceremony in University history.

Van De Woestyne was first attracted to the nursing profession when she and other family members experienced the health care system first hand while caring for her grandfather who suffered from chronic illness late in his life.

I always had very positive experiences in the hospital and with the nurses,Van De Woestyne says. That sparked an interest in nursing and the SCBScN program in particular, which was recommended to me by some family members who were in the program. I really enjoyed the program.

The SCBScN program is a direct-entry, degree program offered in Regina and Saskatoon with local cohort intakes in Swift Current and North Battleford. According to University of Regina Dean of Nursing, david Gregory, most people underestimate the scale of nursing education in the province.

We are a large scale program,he says.There are 690 students coming into nursing in the province each year; 345 are admitted into the SCBScN program. Between the graduates of the SCBScN program and graduates of the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan, we are meeting the staffing needs for registered nurses in the Saskatchewan health care system for the first time in many years."

Gregory and Sandra Blevins, Dean of Sask Polytechnic, observe that the collaborative program affords students access to resources that wouldnt be available if a single institution delivered the program. For example, students can access student support and services both at Sask Polytechnic and the University of Regina.

And, its clear, the collaborative approach is creating success for students. Graduates of the SCBScN program average five percentage points higher than the national averages attained by Canadian and U.S. graduating students on the NCLEX-RN licensing exams, one measure by which graduates are granted their registered nurse license.

Van De Woestyne takes the wide view about being the 1,000th graduate of the program.

I think its a really big milestone for the program, she say.It shows that Saskatchewan is a real contributor to nursing as a profession in Canada.

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Decompressing Through Dance.

By Iryn Tushabe

Posted: May 16, 2018 2:30 PM

Dance Team
Three nursing students Megan Seiferling, Alena Dyck, and Taylor Lowry couldnt imagine getting through university without the Dance Team.
Ive been dancing since I was twelve years old and just got so used to juggling school and dance,says Lowry, who has just completed her third year in the SCBScN program. It helps to take my mind off things, especially because nursing can be so heavy.
The University of Regina Dance Team is made up of students enrolled in any academic program throughout the university. Currently twenty-five members strong, the group specializes in jazz and contemporary, while exploring all forms of dance.
According to first year student nurse Dyck, dancers on the team have the option to perform solos or duets or trios. Or even as large groups. A native of Moose Jaw, Dyck says the existence of the dance club factored in her decision to study at the University of Regina. She describes dance as a form of therapy which helped her cope with the stresses of a demanding nursing program. Ive been dancing competitively since I was three years old, and it would be a hard thing for me to give up.
The Dance Team performs at various sporting events on campus as well as at competitions both local and national. This year the team came in third at the Strive Dance Challenge in Toronto, ON.
"We were competing with professional dancers, career dancers, says Seiferling, a second year nursing student who also teaches dance-inspired workouts at Reginas Project Barre Studio.We were pretty proud of ourselves for placing. Preparing for dance competitions and balancing a full-time course load leaves little down time for anything else."
The teams most recent fundraising bake sale and recital took place soon after the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash that claimed the lives of 16 people and injured 13 others.So as a team we decided to donate proceeds from the bake sale to them, Dyck says of the nearly $500 donation, calling the gesture our team to your team.
The Dance Team auditions new members every August with notices posted on the group Facebook page a few weeks in advance.
"We want as many people as possible to join the team, says Lowry, who auditioned via video as she was still out of town at the time of the tryouts.We want to create a big family outside of everyones program and classes.
For Seiferling, nursing and dancing have more in common beyond the obvious health benefits. Theyre both about connecting with people and working in a team environment.

U of R and Sask Polytech celebrating successful nursing program collaboration

By Costa Maragos

Posted: May 7, 2018 1:00 p.m.


The Sask Polytech/U of R collaborative nursing program will see its 1000th student graduate at the Spring 2018 Convocation Photo courtesy of U of R/Sask Polytech nursing

You would think Leanna Gustafson’s fear of needles would hardly make for a career in nursing.
Not so for Gustafson who, despite her needle phobia, is well on her way to a nursing career.
“I have an awful fear of needles and when I was younger the compassion and the care that my local public health nurse demonstrated was inspiring,” says Gustafson, a third-year student in the U of R/Sask Polytech Collaborative Nursing Program in Saskatoon. “She did more than just give me the required injections. She calmed me down, talked to me, got to know me, and gave me candy as a reward which of course helped smooth the way.”
Gustafson is fully immersed in her studies in Saskatoon, and like thousands of nurses across Canada is excited to celebrate National Nursing week May 7 – May 13.
As a student, Gustafson can appreciate the excellent education she is receiving. In addition to her studies, Gustafson takes an active role as a student advocate, volunteering as Director of Communications for the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association.
“The best part of my nursing education has been the opportunity to learn from amazingly supportive faculty, from knowledgeable nurses in the clinical setting, and from diverse nursing student peers,” says Gustafson who will graduate with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2019.
This year’s nursing week theme is #yesthisisnursing which speaks to the expanding traditional and non-traditional roles of nurses.
“Nursing Week creates public awareness of the many contributions provided by registered nurses,” says Dr. david Gregory, Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at the U of R. “Importantly, the public comes to know that registered nurses work in a variety of settings including acute care, long-term care, community and public health, home care, specialty practice, an in advance practice nursing. Registered nurses also comprise the largest sector of healthcare providers in the healthcare system. Thus, it is only fitting that they are recognized and celebrated during nursing week.
” The Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) is a four-year degree offered in Regina, Saskatoon with local cohort intakes in Swift Current and North Battleford. Students choose where they want to study. The degree program is practice-focused and student-centered.
For the school years 2017/2018 it’s expected 319 students will have graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
The program will achieve a milestone at the Spring 2018 Convocation when it will celebrate over 1000 total program graduates since its inception.
“Sask Polytech is proud to partner with the University of Regina in the delivery of the SCBScN program,” says Sandra Blevins, Dean of the School of Nursing and School of Health Sciences at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. “Our graduates play an important role in the delivery of quality patient and family-centered health care. Students love the focused clinical time. They also speak very highly of our dedicated faculty. This validates that the SCNScN program is delivering an excellent student experience.
” Graduates of the collaborative nursing program have a high regard for the education they’ve received.
Shalla Sharma works in the surgical unit of Saskatoon City Hospital. She graduated in July 2017.
Originally from North Battleford, Sharma worked in restaurant management before moving on to banking where she worked for about six years. As much as she enjoyed the work, she felt something was missing. A job in a long-term care facility convinced her that nursing was her calling and enrolled in the program in Saskatoon.
“I had a wonderful experience. The program I took was very supportive,” says Sharma. “I became immersed in the program and became very connected. I can’t say enough about the instructors and staff who supported me and how wonderful they are to work with.”
Sharma says National Nursing Week serves as a reminder to people of nurses’ contributions to health care.
“Nursing week is an opportune time for people to celebrate the nurses in their life. There are a lot of us, so most people know a nurse and have asked for advice at one point or another-both formally and informally. I’m honoured to be a part of this profession that supports people when they are vulnerable. Of course those who have been impacted by excellent nursing care want to share in the celebration.”
A sentiment echoed by Gustafson.
“Nurses have an integral role on the healthcare team,” says Gustafson. “We have the most opportunities to see and interact with our patients compared to the other disciplines involved in their care. We observe them sleeping, eating, and interacting with family. We have assessment skills that allow us to interpret their behaviour and medical information paired with the skills to make timely decisions so we can provide quality care. This window into our patients allows us to be their advocate and to communicate their holistic needs with the rest of the team.”
Interested in making a difference in healthcare? Follow the links here for more information on the nursing programs at Sask Polytech and the U of R.

Saskatchewan Collaborative Nursing program and Collège Mathieu sign Letter of Intent supporting health-care related French-language/bilingual education

By Everett Dorma

Posted: January 18, 2018 4:00 p.m.

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(de gauche à droite) Monsieur Larry Rosia, PhD, président et directeur général de Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Monsieur Francis Kasongo, directeur général du Collège Mathieu et Madame Vianne Timmons, PhD, rectrice et vice chancelière de l’Université de Régina signent la lettre d’intention. (left to right) Dr. Larry Rosia, President and CEO Sask Polytech, Mr. Francis Kasongo, Directeur Général, Collège Mathieu and Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor University of Regina, sign Letter of Intent. Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor University of Regina, Dr. Larry Rosia, President and CEO Sask Polytech, and Mr. Francis Kasongo, Directeur Général, Collège Mathieu sign Letter of Intent. U of R Photography

Le Programme conjoint de sciences infirmières de la Saskatchewan et le Collège Mathieu signent une lettre d’entente de soutien à l’éducation en français/bilingue dans le domaine des soins de santé


Le programme de Baccalauréat conjoint en sciences infirmières de la Saskatchewan Collaborative (SCBScN) est offert en collaboration par l’Université de Régina et Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Ces deux institutions et le Collège Mathieu s’engagent dorénavant à collaborer pour appuyer mutuellement les programmes d’éducation en français dans le domaine des sciences infirmières/de la santé.

La rectrice et vice-chancelière de l’Université de Régina, Madame Vianne Timmons, le président et directeur général de Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Monsieur Larry Rosia, et Monsieur Francis Kasongo, directeur général du Collège Mathieu ont signé une lettre d’intention pour œuvrer ensemble au soutien mutuel des programmes d’éducation en langue française.

« À l’automne 2018, le SCBScN, en collaboration avec La Cité, va ajouter une option bilingue au programme du Baccalauréat en sciences infirmières, ce qui en fera le seul programme bilingue de sciences infirmières en Saskatchewan », déclare Mme Timmons. « En signant cette lettre d’intention, nos trois institutions acceptent de travailler ensemble afin d’appuyer un concept d’échelonnement pour les programmes en français/bilingues dans le domaine des sciences infirmières/de la santé – formation de préposé(e) en soins continus, formation pratique en soins infirmiers et accréditation en soins infirmiers – pour mieux répondre à la demande de prestataires de soins de santé dans nos collectivités francophones et de la part des résidents francophones de la Saskatchewan.

Les trois signataires de la lettre d’intention vont désormais travailler à l’élaboration d’un protocole d’entente pour préciser et atteindre des résultats concertés qui appuient l’éducation en français dans le domaine des sciences infirmières/de la santé.

Saskatchewan Collaborative Nursing program and Collège Mathieu sign Letter of Intent supporting health-care related French-language/bilingual education

The Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) program, which is offered in collaboration between the University of Regina and Saskatchewan Polytechnic, are committing to work with Collège Mathieu in support of nursing/health related French-language educational programs.

University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons, Saskatchewan Polytechnic President and CEO Dr. Larry Rosia, and Mr. Francis Kasongo, Directeur Général, Collège Mathieu have signed a Letter of Intent to collaborate on nursing/health related French-language education programs.

“In the Fall of 2018, the SCBScN, in collaboration with La Cité, will be adding a French-language bilingual option to the bachelor of nursing program, making us the only bilingual nursing program in Saskatchewan,” says Dr. Vianne Timmons. “By signing this Letter of Intent our three institutions are agreeing to work together to support a laddering concept for French-language/bilingual nursing/health programs – continuing care assistant, practical nursing, and registered nursing – to help meet the demand for health-care providers in our francophone communities and residents of Saskatchewan.”

The three parties to the Letter of Intent will now work towards the development of a Memorandum of Understanding to further define and achieve the collaborative outcomes supporting nursing/health related French-language education.

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