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Creating a path for indigenous student success in baccalaureate nursing education.

Authors
  • Martin, Donna
  • Seguire, Marilyn
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of nursing education
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2013
Volume
52
Issue
4
Pages
205–209
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3928/01484834-20130314-01
PMID: 23480065
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

To enhance recruitment and retention of indigenous peoples in nursing education, the University of Manitoba launched a cohort initiative in 2007. In this article, we describe the background, implementation, and evaluation of the initiative. Indigenous epistemology was integrated into the curriculum and pedagogy of prerequisite and beginning nursing courses. A cohort approach encourages peer support, which boosts individual and group strengths and academic success. Courses provide students with information about traditional indigenous knowledge, "Western" science, and how the history of colonialism continues to impact indigenous peoples in North America. Using the same instructors and advisors, in concert with tutoring, manageable course loads, and a culturally supportive environment, forges a path for success in indigenous students pursuing a baccalaureate nursing education. Key elements in the initiative may be adopted by nurse administrators and educators globally to inform the development of undergraduate nursing programs for indigenous peoples.

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