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Street health and harm reduction workers who provide healthcare to people experiencing homelessness and addictions have been under pressure for a while now, owing to a lack of affordable housing, and the ongoing opioid epidemic. The pandemic has made things even more challenging for these nurses and frontline workers. Rise Up Strong is a 6-minute song/video created by street health workers, a singer/songwriter and a researcher-filmmaker filmmaker working with researchers at the School of Nursing to raise awareness about the need to support street health workers’ wellbeing as they care for community members impacted by racism, trauma, stigma, poverty, mental illness and addictions.
The purpose of this qualitative research study is to explore the initial transition experiences of new graduate nurses entering the nursing profession during the Covid-19 pandemic in Ontario. Ontario Colleges and Universities graduate the highest number of new graduate nurses annually when compared to all other Canadian provinces and territories and Ontario continues to be one of the provinces hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is essential we understand all facets of new graduate nurses’ experiences of transition during Covid-19, so that the appropriate supports are put in place to ensure a healthy transition and support retention efforts. Retention of these new graduate nurses, who already have the highest rates of attrition within the nursing profession, is of paramount importance in light of projected nursing shortages in Ontario.
On April 28, 2021, Annette O’Connor OC MScN PhD FCAHS FRSC was the first educated in a Canadian School of Nursing and one of 6 selected for induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Her pioneering work in actively engaging patients in their own treatment and supporting them in shared decision-making with physicians and caregivers, has helped make respect for patient agency an accepted part of enlightened and humane medical practice.
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In a nursing education landscape greatly disrupted due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Alliance of Nurse Educators Using Simulation (CAN-Sim) has stepped up to the plate.
In partnership with Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation, Peggy Dick, Maggie Benoit, Willy Dick, and Veldon Coburn, Wendy Gifford, J Craig Phillips, Thomas Foth (School of Nursing), Rebecca Robillard (UO), and Tram Nguyen (UO) hold a CIHR grant to understand how Algonquin ways-of-knowing can inform public health responses at local, provincial, federal and global levels, to mitigate negative impacts of COVID-19 and maximize the health of Indigenous Peoples.
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