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Native Access Program to Nursing and Medicine (NAPN/M)



Presenters: Trudy Unger, Josephine McKay, Chris Boychuk

Presenters: Trudy Unger, Josephine McKay, Chris Boychuk

NAHO 2009 National Conference



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Native Access Program to Nursing and Medicine (NAPN/M) Native Access Program to Nursing and Medicine (NAPN/M) Presentation Transcript

  • Native Access Program to Nursing and Medicine (NAPN/M) Sihtoskatowin (supporting one another) EDUCATION IS OUR NEW BUFFALO
  • Long Term Vision Increasing the number of Aboriginal Peoples in the healing careers Working towards balanced, healthy, Aboriginal communities NAPN/M Wall Quilt
  • Mission Statement • Success and Excellence for Aboriginal Health Science Students • To recruit and retain Aboriginal students in the Bachelor of Nursing Program & the MD Program in the College of Medicine • Referrals to other programs, “successful attrition”
  • Background • 1985-1997 – National focus – 12 week pre-nursing program – 196 students • 1998 – Present – Support and retention service for Aboriginal students interested and/or enrolled in the following programs: NEPS, Post-RN, LPN, Second Degree Option Program, MN Program and Medicine • Current funding sources: – First Nations Inuit Health Branch – AHHRI – U of S (College of Nursing, College of Medicine) – SaskLearning – Advanced Ed & Employment
  • Saskatchewan Demographics • Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal population is 15% (141,870) and is projected to be 20% by 2015 • Saskatoon and Regina demographics are 9% Aboriginal and 33% in Prince Albert • 50% of Aboriginal people currently live off-reserve • By 2016 45% of children entering kindergarten will be First Nations/Métis • 6% of Aboriginal people obtain a University Degree compared to 15% of non-Aboriginals
  • U of S Aboriginal Demographics • 1800/18,000 (or 10%) registered students at the UofS self-identified as Aboriginal (this does not include part-time student participants) • Clustered in Law, Nursing, Education, Arts & Science • A number of programs target Aboriginal student recruitment and retention
  • Current Statistics –Nursing 2009/10 • Current Enrollment – 220+ Aboriginal students – 42 Regina – 82 Saskatoon – 104 Prince Albert • Equity Seats – Saskatoon and Regina • 32 each site (mainstream avail.) – Prince Albert • 40 seats 2007/08 & 2008/09 Kawacatoose First Nation • 70+ Aboriginal NEPS graduates
  • Nursing Graduates
  • Current Statistics - Medicine • 20 Aboriginal students studying in the MD Program – Year One – 5 Year Two – 7 – Year Three – 5 Year Four - 3 • 14 Aboriginal MD Graduates since 1993 • 3 Aboriginal grads prior to 1993 College of Medicine Aboriginal student gathering September 2007 9
  • Student Support • Student lounges • Fall Orientations • Honor ceremonies 2009 New NEPS Student Orientation NAPN/M Student lounge, UofS Campus • Access to culturally appropriate counseling & traditional teachings as requested Elders Mary Lee & Maria Linklater NAPN Culture Camp
  • Student Support • Advocacy (financial, personal, academic) • Tutoring & clinical skills labs • Assistance with research and editing of papers • Summer Employment Tanny Yole-Merasty 4th Year Student NEPS 2009
  • Promotion & Recruitment • Profile students • NAPN/M website • Career Fairs • Advertising Aboriginal Achievement Week 2007 • Presentations NEPS students, Vanessa Aubichon, Sasha Yole-Merasty, Nicole Marshall, Vanessa • Mailouts Laflamme • Role Models
  • Pre-Health Science Group - Saskatoon • Category “B” Strategy – Established in 2005 – Role model gatherings and luncheons – Academic/personal advisement – Scholarship and summer employment opportunities • Aboriginal First Year Experience Program (AFYEP) – ASC • University Transition Program & Royal West Campus Shanna LaFrambroise NAHO Role model
  • NAPN/M Health Science Summer Camp 2009 • Up to 20 Aboriginal High School Students • On-campus for 2 weeks experiential learning activities • Integrating Cultural, Academic, Professional, Social elements • Partnership of community, education, 2009 Health Science Summer Camp research, and Students, Chaperones, Summer government Students, and Coordinator
  • IPHRC Student Poster 2007
  • IPHRC Student Poster 2008
  • IPHRC Student Poster 2009
  • Other Initiatives • Promote Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (ANAC) to Nursing students and RN’s • Resource to UofS and Val Arnault-Pelletier and Dr. SIAST staff Veronica McKinney
  • Beardy’s Okemasis Clinical Project • Collaborate to increase Aboriginal community clinical placements • Partnership with SIAST Nursing Division & Beardy’s Okemasis First Nation • 6 students – Willow Cree Healing Lodge & Willow Cree Health Centre • Elder’s teachings, community building, clinical practicum Willow Cree Health Centre, Beardy’s Okemasis First Nation
  • Christine MacKinley, One Arrow First Nations 2006 NEPS Graduate Student Comments “I don't think I would have graduated without this program. I think the more the program provides services for Aboriginal nursing students, the more students will stay in school and graduate…” Val Arnault-Pelletier and Kayla Klotz, NEPS graduate 2008 “I especially appreciate the spiritual support in times of personal crisis. The staff in all aspects of student life”
  • Student Comments “Because of NAPN/M, I feel like I've had so many opportunities to both connect with my culture (i.e. through Cree classes) AND get to know other Aboriginal people in the health professions” Nicole Marshall, 2009 NEPS Graduate 2008 NAPN/M Christmas Gathering Sherry Clarke, Buffalo Narrows 2006 NEPS Graduate
  • Chris’s Story
  • Achievements • Approximately 176 Aboriginal people have graduated from Nursing to Spring 2009 • Fall 2009, another 3 Graduated • 224 Currently enrolled in Nursing – 82 Saskatoon – 42 Regina – 104 Prince Albert • 3 Aboriginal Master’s Nursing Students • 20 Aboriginal students enrolled in Medicine Peggy Lumberjack, Master of Nursing student
  • Native Access Program to Nursing/Medicine Val Arnault-Pelletier Trudy Unger Saskatoon Staff Rhonda Goodtrack Josephine McKay
  • Native Access Program to Nursing/Medicine Questions or Comments