There’s a Mentor to Help

The nursing program is one of the most challenging degrees at GPRC. It was very thoughtful for those in authority to come up with a plan to encourage first-year nursing students voluntarily pairing a mentee (first-year nursing student) with a mentor (a second-year nursing student). I was blessed to be paired with my mentor – Abby Fraser – and within a few weeks, she gifted me with this Anatomy Coloring Book as displayed.

Mentors are there to give us tips on staying focused and with their kind words, they keep us “hanging in there”. Knowing that my mentor is willing to offer great advice and keep encouraging me makes this journey all worth the while. Because they have been in this situation and felt similar stresses as current students, they are in a great position to mentor. Studying at GPRC sure has its perks, some of which are hidden in plain sight. 😊

Submitted by GPRC Student Ambassador, Nneka Nwaigwe. 

Holmesglen Nurses Visit GPRC

Holmesglen Nurses Visit GPRC

Last May, GPRC Nursing Instructors Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott were selected to head down under as part of a faculty exchange and research opportunity with Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

GPRC Nursing Instructors Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott visited Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia in May 2017.

Check out their adventures here.

Recently, Holmesglen got to return the favour and join us in Grande Prairie for a visit.

Andree Gamble and Debra Kiegaldie from Holmesglen Nursing Department located in Melbourne, Australia arrived at GPRC earlier this month after a roughly 30-hour plane ride as part of an exchange program with the College. This trip was both of their first times to Canada.

Debra Kiegaldie (L) and Andree Gamble from Melbourne, Australia’s Holmesglen Institute.

With the expected completion of Grande Prairie’s new regional health and education centre in 2020, GPRC is building a partnership with Holmesglen Institute to share opportunities for research and education that comes from both institutions having hospitals on college-owned land.

On their agenda was getting to meet and discuss further opportunities with the College’s Executive team and Nursing Department along with getting to sit in on the some of the current accelerated Nursing courses happening over the summer at the College.

Gamble, an Undergraduate Coordinator at Holmesglen, discussed how much she enjoyed sitting in on one of GPRC’s classes.

“The cohort of students was outstanding and so welcoming of me,” said Gamble. “I think it would be good for our students to experience the smaller class sizes and likewise for the Grande Prairie students.”

Class sizes at GPRC are quite a bit smaller than those at Holmesglen, with a 56-student intake as opposed to Holmesglen’s approximately 600 students in two Nursing programs (a two-year Diploma program and a three-year Bachelor’s degree.)

A major goal of this budding partnership is to start an exchange program that would involve students and faculty.

“It would be good for our students and also the students in Grande Prairie to see how similar we are in terms of health care and access to health care,” said Gamble. “Our students live in a big city, so access to medical care of any description is really quite close. Here it is a different environment. This is a regional centre.”

Visiting the College’s On-Campus Friendship Centre.

Kiegaldie, an associate professor at Holmesglen Institute, said that would be great experience for their students.

“We talk to our students a lot about a global view on health. This would be an opportunity to expand their thinking and their understanding of what it means to work in another country,” she said.

The faculty from both institutions discussed the potential benefits of a faculty member accompanying the two or three students who would be partaking in the exchange to create a sense of comfort and continue to expand the sharing of knowledge.

“Faculty exchanges are beneficial because we can pick up on the little things that have been implemented successfully at GPRC and see if they would work for us and likewise,” said Kiegaldie.

At this early planning stage, discussions are around having students from Grande Prairie visit Holmesglen in April and students from Australia visit GPRC in October.

A tour of the College’s National Bee Diagnostics Centre.

Before Andree and Debra departed on their trip home, they for sure got the Alberta-tourist experience. The ladies toured Banff and Lake Louise and saw a bear, got a picture with the Big Beaver in Beaverlodge, viewed the expansion project at the National Bee Diagnostic Centre and—their favourite activity—got to ride in a chuckwagon!

“I’ve never experienced anything like that before,” said Gamble. “It was the ultimate experience!”

Debra and Andree experiencing a chuckwagon for the first time!

A huge thank you to Andree and Debra for joining us at GPRC. We look forward to welcoming you back on campus in the near future.

Until Next Time!

Until Next Time!

GPRC Nursing Instructors, Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott’s epic adventure to Australia continues at Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

Teresa and Sheila were selected to head down under for the month of May as part of a faculty exchange and research opportunity. Both post-secondary institutions have strong relationships with their regional hospitals and are hoping to learn a thing or two from each other on how to continue to grow those relationships and student opportunities. Learn more about the opportunity here.

Let’s see what Teresa, Sheila and of course, GPRC Wolves mascot Farley were up to for the rest of this week.

During their journey Teresa and Sheila had the chance to visit Glenallen Specialist School, which focuses on helping children with physical disabilities and health impairments. The school had about 157 students and 117 staff from a variety of disciplines, including nursing and is one of the clinical sites where nursing students can get work experience.

They have all sorts of health professionals working together to provide holistic care: physical therapy, speech therapy, a nurse, music and art; learning how to cook. They have almost a 1:1 staff ratio which work with children from pre-school to vocational learning (VLC). This is a clinical placement for Holmesglen students.  A warm and welcoming place.

Holmesglen Instructor, Thili Chengodu has fun showing off the playground equipment at Glenallen Specialist School.

The next stop on the journey was to Epworth Healthcare, a private not for profit hospital where Holmesglen students can gain workplace experience. All profit made by this hospital goes back into the hospital, so as a result they have lots of great educational and patient focused technology.

Tess Vawser Director, Clinical Education and simulation at Epworth HealthCare took the ladies on a tour of the premises. In the bright room with the OR lights (surgical lights), they have simulation equipment worth over 1 million dollars.

The device breathes in oxygen, breathes out carbon dioxide and can be used by anesthetists to practice their skills.

 

 

 

 

The screens are in every patient room and is where the patient can watch TV, order room service at any time of the day or night. The patient can look at the goals for their care, review educational information about whatever they are in the hospital for, and see how they are progressing.

This knee is where surgeons can practice performing knee surgeries, and it’s very much like the real thing!

Students learn a great deal at this beautiful hospital, there is a library/learning space for students and groups to get together. There is lots of open space to move around, computers, books, and a librarian.

 

That brings us to the end of Teresa and Sheila’s Australian adventure. Special thanks to Holmesglen Private Hospital, Holmesglen Institute, Glenallen Specialist School and Epworth Healthcare for their hospitality and expertise.

Thanks again to Andree Gamble, Bob Ribbons and Gabrielle Koutoukidis, Dean, Faculty of Health Science, Youth & Community Studies, and everyone else being so welcoming and showing Teresa and Sheila around.

We look forward to being hosts for Holmesglen staff when they come to visit the GPRC later this fall.

 

 

Australia Adventures Continue!

Australia Adventures Continue!

Sheila and Teresa with Leone English, Executive Director; Education and Applied Research at Holmesglen Institute.

GPRC Nursing Instructors, Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott’s epic adventure to Australia continues at Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

Teresa and Sheila were selected to head down under for the month of May as part of a faculty exchange and research opportunity. Both post-secondary institutions have strong relationships with their regional hospitals and are hoping to learn a thing or two from each other on how to continue to grow those relationships and student opportunities. Learn more about the opportunity here.

Along with their trusty side-kick Farley, GPRC Wolves mascot what tales can be told about their journey so far?

Teresa and Sheila had the opportunity to meet Leone English, Executive Director; Education and Applied Research at Holmesglen Institute. She helped to establish the current partnership between GPRC and Holmesglen Institute, allowing for this collaborative experience to take place.

Later the ladies got to participate in a Holmesglen “Research Rap”, which occurs three to four times per year. The Faculty of Health Science, Youth and Community Studies meet to discuss research ideas. They share research in progress and present what research they have already completed.

It’s a great place to share ideas and create connections with other departments, sharing information about upcoming scholarships and grant opportunities, as well as conferences they’re presenting at.

The nursing faculty that presented discussed their research called “The investigation of student experiences using game based response systems” such as Kahoot (which GPRC Nursing uses as a teaching strategy).

Kahoot allows smartphones to act as buttons for a custom multiple choice quiz (that you design). Compete against friends and family by earning the most points!

 

 

Holmesglen Instructor, Thili Chengodu (to the left) presented an idea about the “use of poetry in engaging students in reflection and readiness to practice”. The poetry the students presented was very powerful and showed a great deal about what they have learned about the nursing profession so far.

 

A lovely poem describing the art of nursing and its impact on the world around us.
Holmesglen Instructor, Thili Chengodu gives Farley a big hug.

While at Holmesglen Institute, students have the opportunity to take part in a simulation with standardized patients that were KIDS! These were 1st year nursing students, and both the kids and students had a blast!

The focus of the simulation labs was primarily communication and this experience gave them an opportunity to interact with children of different ages, to engage with them in play and gather information that might be helpful in a health assessment.

Students practiced with different age groups to see what some of the developmental differences might be.

The simulation apartments are composed of a sitting/viewing area, there is a place in the middle where the actual simulation takes place, and the control room at the back. The people in the simulation area cannot see or hear the people observing them, but microphones and cameras make it easy for the observers to hear and see what they’re doing.

The students watch the others, and after the simulation is complete, they all get together to debrief. To discuss what happened and what they can learn from the experience.

 

Definitely one of the cutest actors I’ve seen in a nursing lab and Farley agrees too!

Tune in next time to see what Teresa and Sheila got to witness on their trip down under.

GPRC meets Holmesglen Institute

GPRC meets Holmesglen Institute

They have arrived!

GPRC Nursing Instructors, Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott along with GPRC’s beloved mascot Farley have arrived and started their Australian adventure.

Teresa and Sheila were selected to head down under for the month of May as part of a faculty exchange and research opportunity with Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

Both post-secondary institutions have strong relationships with their regional hospitals and are hoping to learn a thing or two from each other on how to continue to grow those relationships and student opportunities. Learn more about the opportunity here.

So, what have these three been up to?

Between being tourists and sight-seeing and being welcomed onto Holmesglen’s campus, Teresa and Sheila, oh and Farley are learning and taking in as much as they can with regards to Australian culture, and how the Aussies live, work and have fun all at once.

Check out what they’ve been up to so far:

Farley meeting UGC Student Experience, Bob Ribbons!

Teresa and Sheila sat in on a lab with Year 3 students doing pediatric blood capillary testing.

Sheila with Holmesglen Instructor, Lynn Barnhoorn who taught the pediatric blood draw class and discussed working with Indigenous populations in remote areas. One of her remote postings required a train, a bus and then flying in a small plane!

 

Enjoyed lunch and dessert with Holmesglen Instructor, Thili Chengodu at Vanilla Restaurant in Oakleigh while discussing courses she teaches that touch on Australia’s Indigenous cultural. Sheila’s flat white drink even came with a surprise message at the bottom.

 

 

FUN FACT: A flat white is an espresso based coffee beverage founded in Australia/New Zealand (an on-going debate).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, Teresa and Sheila are making it their mission to also take in as many as possible well-known tourist attractions Australia has to offer during their stay. Check out what they have got to see so far:

Teresa and Sheila walked the Sydney Harbour Bridge before heading back for supper and an operetta at The Sydney Opera House!
Made a visit to the Australian Museum, where they braved the spider exhibit. Did we mention that Teresa is terrified of spiders?
Visited Melbourne’s amazing Aquarium, Sea Life. Check out Sheila in the awesome water tunnel.

All while coming home at the end of the day, and enjoying this awesome view from their hotel.

Check back for more updates on what Teresa and Sheila are up to during their visit to the “land down under”!