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When "Old Dogs" go Back to School

Mary Ellen Buechel Holbrook

I went back to college at the age of 62. Being an "old dog", I was not computer savvy, so taking classes mostly on-line was quite challenging. I believe that my trials and triumphs evidenced in this article, will encourage nurses, especially older nurses, to go back to school for their BSN. Cont'd

Are Canadian Nurse Practitioners here to stay?

Yureve Govind, MD, MBA

This paper outlines articles that take a closer look into the role of NPs in the Canadian health care system, and how their roles have evolved in response to an ever-changing health care environment. Cont'd

Do Nurses Need Biology?

Rosemary Oh-McGinnis, PhD and Lynette Sigola, MBChB (Hons), PhD

As Biology instructors for nursing students, it is an honour to contribute to laying down a foundation in Biology for future nurses. One common question that has emerged among nursing students is “Why do I need to know Biology if I’m going to become a nurse?” We have wrestled with this question for some time. How does one generate an appropriate response to this question? How does one instill within a student the passion for learning Biology? How can one emphasize how valuable understanding Biology will become in the workplace? We hope to raise some interesting discussion and awareness about a topic that we have spent countless hours deliberating amongst ourselves and our colleagues. Cont'd

Is Nursing a Profession

Laura Steadman, Ed.D, CRNP, MSN, RN Gary Milligan, DNP, MSHA, APHN-BC

Professions require that educational preparedness must be within institutions of higher learning. In order to be held out as a profession, an individual must be able to practice autonomously within their scope of practice. Nurses have an identified scope of practice mandated by a particular state board of nursing. A profession has a code of ethics which is recognized across numerous levels of practice within the profession. The culture and norms of a profession are easily recognized by the professionals who make-up the body. Cont'd

Bedside Reporting: Embracing the Need for Clinical Change

Dr. Kelly Duffy, EdD, MSN, RN

Communication is an integral part of nursing care. The implementation of bedside reporting practices provides an avenue for best practices and improved outcomes. Cont'd

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