Northern College -- long term focus on nursing.
Programs such as the new four-year collaborative nursing degree program at Northern College are integral to keeping people working and living in the northeast, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Joanne Carbonneau, the program's coordinator.
Having phased out the three-year nursing diploma program at the request of the Ontario College of Nurses, Northern entered into a collaboration with Laurentian University, Cambrian College and Sault College. As a result, all four institutions offer the same curriculum, resulting in a degree issued by Laurentian.
However, rather than having to spend two years at the college and two years at the university, Northern students can do all four years of study at the Porcupine porcupine, in zoology
porcupine, member of either of two rodent families, characterized by having some of its hairs modified as bristles, spines, or quills. campus. This allows students a greater opportunity to find work in their home communities.
"If they're going to be in Timmins doing their practicum practicum (prak´tikm),
n See internship. , it means they'll be getting jobs here, so it's very good for the community," Carbonneau says.
"It's been wonderful, and people up North in Kapuskasing, Hearst, Iroquois Falls now have access to a university program a lot closer than having to go to Sudbury."
With 68 students throughout its four-year program, seven graduates were seen in the first graduating class last year. All of them found employment in their field, a trend Carbonneau expects will continue as enrolment steadily increases year over year, with 16 students set to graduate this year.
Being able to offer students the opportunity to earn a nursing degree, rather than a nursing diploma is key to furthering their career and making Northern Ontario a stronger academic option. This avenue allows graduates to choose between becoming a nurse practitioner nurse practitioner
n. Abbr. NP
A registered nurse with special training for providing primary health care, including many tasks customarily performed by a physician. or pursuing a master's degree, a choice which is becoming increasingly important to students, Carbonneau says.
Another important element of the program is its hands-on approach. In their first semester of their first year, students are already spending time in a long-term care facility long-term care facility
See skilled nursing facility. , and a continuing care continuing care
a professional convention that a veterinarian who is treating an animal is obliged to continue treating that case unless an arrangement is made with its custodian to transfer the care to another practitioner or to a specialist. floor of a hospital by their second semester. In their fourth year, they are spending nearly 600 hours in a clinical setting by following a registered nurse across the two final semesters.
"We get them in immediately, and that way, students have a sense of whether or not they want to continue after their first year or if it's really what they want to do. Before that, it used to take us a little longer to get them into a clinical setting, but now, in their first semester, first rotation, they're doing some clinical."
This structure offers a greater challenge, which has helped to draw more males to the predominantly female program. In a class of 25 nursing students at Northern this year, five were male, whereas one or two tends to be the average, Carbonneau says.
The program has also drawn the attention of employers outside the region. From hospitals to long-term care long-term care (LTC),
n the provision of medical, social, and personal care services on a recurring or continuing basis to persons with chronic physical or mental disorders. settings and even to mine sites, Northern has been fielding calls from sectors across Canada looking to snap up impending im·pend
intr.v. im·pend·ed, im·pend·ing, im·pends
1. To be about to occur: Her retirement is impending.
"I think because it's a degree in nursing that makes them especially attractive. For example, the health unit has historically only hired those bachelor of science in nursing The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is a four year academic degree in the science and principles of nursing, granted by a tertiary education university or similarly accredited school. (BScN). Normally, the health unit has hired graduates from Sudbury or Ottawa or whatever, but now they're able to do their clinical here and then get a job at the health unit."
Student population: 9857
President: Michael Hill
By NICK STEWART
Northern Ontario Business Northern Ontario Business is a Canadian magazine, which publishes monthly in Greater Sudbury, Ontario. The magazine covers business news and issues in Northern Ontario.