When students from Memorial’s School of Nursing (SON) showed up for the Atlantic Regional Conference of the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association held recently in Cape Breton, they set a record for the largest contingent from the province to attend the annual event.
The Canadian Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA) chapter at the SON sent 10 students to the regional event that included representation from all nursing schools in the Atlantic region.
The CNSA chapter at the school has attracted attention over the years for its work on national policy develop and innovative programs, and last year won the Atlantic Regional Achievement Award during the 2013 CNSA national conference in Halifax.
Among the delegates to attend the conference held at Cape Breton University were MUNSON president Kaleigh Newton, and nursing society executive members Luke Redmond, Allison Grist and Allison Button.
Kaleigh, Luke, and Rebecca Puddester, all MUNSON students, also serve on the CNSA national board of directors, which brings schools together to collaborate on issues important to all nursing students on a national level.
At the regional conference in Cape Breton, students heard many presentations on a broad range of topics, including the work of nurse practitioners, the role of students in research, the complex care of inmates at correctional facilities, just to name a few.
“It was a really good conference,” said Luke. “The issues were timely, and you really got to hear how about the projects that others schools are implementing.”
The focus of the Atlantic conference is to bring and share good ideas, and adapt them for the need of a particular school.
“One really great idea that many other schools in our region are implementing is a peer-mentoring program,” said Luke. “We really want to move forward with a peer-mentoring program that pairs new students with more senior students to help them adapt more easily to the life of a nursing student. “
Representation from the province also included delegates from the Centre for Nursing Studies (CNS) and the Western Regional School of Nursing (WRSON).
MUNSON delegates will take part in the annual national conference this winter in Vancouver.