Lakehead University and Confederation College Collaborative Nursing Program Achieves Significant Milestone

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The Collaborative Nursing Steering Committee. From left to right: Dr. Lori Livingston (Dean of Health & Behavioural Sciences, Lakehead University), Karen Poole (Director of Nursing, Lakehead University), Dr. Laurie Hayes (Vice-President (Academic) & Provost, Lakehead University), Michael Pawlowski (Vice-President (Administration & Finance), Lakehead University), Judi Maundrell (Vice President, Academic & Student Services, Confederation College) and Bob Backstrom (Vice President, Corporate Services & Board Secretary/Treasurer, Confederation College). Missing from the photo is Committee member Kathleen Lynch (Dean, School of Health & Community Services, Confederation College).

(August 19, 2009 - Thunder Bay ON) Representatives from Lakehead University and Confederation College announced today that the Collaborative Nursing Program curriculum has received national accreditation from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).  Since 1987 CASN accreditation promotes excellence in nursing education programs, and is the national accrediting body for nursing education in Canada. The purpose of accreditation is to encourage excellence in nursing education according to fundamental qualities and standards established by academic nursing to best meet the need of the Canadian population for nursing health care.

"This seven-year accreditation is a true indicator of the quality of our nursing programs and our graduates," says Karen Poole, Director of Lakehead University's School of Nursing. "It is the culmination of a lengthy process including a self-study report and week-long site visit by a team of Canadian nurse educators. So many people contributed to this outstanding result - the nursing faculty from both Lakehead University and Confederation College, our clinical partners, our students and graduates."

The collaborative BScN program is a four-year baccalaureate nursing degree program that is delivered by two partner institutions, Lakehead University and Confederation College. The nursing theory, lab, and clinical courses are delivered equally at both sites by nursing faculty from each institution, while the non-nursing and elective course are delivered by Lakehead University faculty at Lakehead's campus.

Judi Maundrell, Vice President Academic at Confederation College emphasized the importance of the accreditation in recognizing the exceptional collaborative effort of both educational institutions.  "Accreditation is recognized worldwide as an important, objective method to review professional education programs to identify strengths, vulnerabilities, and opportunities for improvement. The Collaborative Nursing Program is truly a success story and one that is now recognized and endorsed by the CASN," says Maundrell.  "This, of course, is due in large part to the hard work and dedication by faculty and administration of both schools and the commitment to making the program work."

The collaborative BScN program offers the advantage of two institutions with a rich history in nursing education.  Students are exposed to nursing faculty with expertise in the broad scope of nursing practice, who work together to offer students the latest theoretical and practical aspects in nursing.   The three year Compressed BScN program at Lakehead University was also awarded the maximum seven year accreditation, and the pilot Community Based/Regional Nursing Program has achieved the first stage towards accreditation.

The Collaborative Nursing Program saw its first graduates in 2006. There are 391 students enrolled in the Collaborative BSc Nursing program.

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Media: Karen Poole (Lakehead University) and Judi Maundrell (Confederation College) are available for interviews. Please contact Jasmine Durham at 343-8177 to arrange interviews with Karen Poole or Sue Prodaniuk at 475-6139 to arrange interviews with Judi Maundrell.

Last updated September 03, 2009

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