Aurora College introduces program for remote nursing

Aurora College's Yellowknife campus
Aurora College's Yellowknife campus. Supplied by MyTrueNorthNow.com staff.
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Aurora College is offering a new postgraduate program in remote nursing.

The 15-credit, one-year certificate will teach registered nurses how to work in an expanded practice role in some of the territory’s more isolated regions.

It will be delivered through a combination of distance learning, a three-week on-site component and two clinical practicums in a remote healthcare setting.

“We recognize that the needs for nurses in remote communities has changed,” said Denise Bowen, chair of Aurora’s School of Health & Human Services.

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“’The program is geared towards nurses who are working in the communities already, nurses who are new to the North or new graduates looking to work in the communities.

“In the communities, you’re working in an expanded practice role so nurses need support when they’re out there and one of the supports we can provide is education.”

Bowen is confident the program will give registered nurses the tools they need to develop their practice.

“Nurses in communities are often managing public health programs such as well-woman, well-man or well-baby clinics so they’re involved in giving immunizations which is an expanded practice in itself.

“They’ll also deal with emergencies, do X-rays or suturing so when you are in that expanded practice you are the health care professional in the community.”

The deadline to apply for the program is December 18, 2015 with classes starting on January 7, 2016.

To fill out an application, click here.

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