2019 Western Prairie Regional Conference

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Eight students from the Bachelor of Nursing program attended the 2019 Western Prairie Regional Conference of the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association, hosted by the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbottsford, B.C. on Oct. 31 – Nov. 3.

Students attended workshops on topics such as recognizing and reducing stigma in healthcare environments, working with patients with disabilities, and culturally safe care.

“Some of the presentations we attended shed light on the history and impact of residential schools, barriers when navigating through the health-care system, gender diversity and dysphoria, as well as our role as nurses in leading change,” said fourth-year student Aderinsola Obafisoye. “A highlight for me was the evidence of concurrence among students on the importance of advocacy and collaboration to precipitate change in making access to healthcare equitable for the public. There was a glaring sense of unity of voice, which accentuated the power that nurses have in being agents and catalysts for change.”

The other students who attended were David Gawryluk, Sochimaobi Nweze, Sheryl Demetrioff, Ruby Rexer, Grachel D’uncha, Britany Marion and Tori Choboter.

Gawryluk presented a summer research project he had worked on with Dr. Darlene Pierce and Dr. Donna Martin on curriculum frameworks guiding nurse practitioner education programs.

The students noted another highlight was meeting Jim Ryan (pictured with the students above), who gave an inspirational presentation on how his life has changed since becoming a quadriplegic in 2016.