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.

GPRC’s Australian Adventure Continues

Greetings from Australia!

Sheila and Teresa with Keryn Hopkins, General Manager of Holmesglen Private Hospital, Penny Byers-Tymms, Director of Nursing, Petrina Adams, Deputy General Manager, Debra Kiegaldie, Clinical Chair -Health Workforce and Simulation for Holmesglen Institute and Healthscope Hospitals and Bob Ribbons, UGC Student Experience.

GPRC Nursing Instructors, Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott had an awesome first week 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.

They got to watch some OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) testing, which is super similar to work done in the nursing classrooms at GPRC. These labs test nursing skills to make sure students are ready for their clinical experience. Stations included: respiratory assessment, priming and IV line, IM (Intramuscular) injection, handover report, and a CPR station.

Holmesglen OSCE Instructor, Jasmine with Mich, a standardized patient. Holmesglen uses a lot of standardized patients in their simulations, labs, and OSCEs to help students get a more “real life” experience.
Farley making friends with the CPR dummy.

FUN FACT: These three students pictured below are showing the colors of Holmesglen. Well what does that mean you ask? Students in the Bachelor of Nursing program wear teal and students in the Diploma Nursing program wear grey.

Holmesglen Nursing students Elisha, Michelle and Corey showing off the different Holmesglen colours with Farley!

That’s not all, Teresa, Sheila and Farley got to hang out with a first year group of students in their lab covering reflexes, sensory physiology and the brain.

Holmesglen Instructor John teaching first year Nursing students in the science lab.
Students in their lab covering reflexes, sensory physiology and the brain.
Catherine drawing up an IM injection with Instructor Jasmine.
Sanjini giving a shift report to her Instructor Sarah as part of the OSCE.

What’s even more fun is that Teresa and Sheila got to celebrate National Nursing Week with all the wonderful staff at the Holmesglen Institute and Hospital.

Happy National Nurses Week!

 

Alright, that’s all for now. We can’t wait to see what Teresa, Sheila and Farley are up to next on their Australian adventure. If you missed the first part of their adventure, you can find it here!

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

Don’t worry! Farley is A-OK and can hardly wait for the next part of their adventure!

 

 

 

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”!

 

GPRC Nursing Staff Head Down Under in Faculty Exchange with Holmesglen Institute

GPRC Nursing Staff Head Down Under in Faculty Exchange with Holmesglen Institute

GPRC Nursing Instructors, Teresa Evans and Sheila Elliott 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.

Teresa Evans (left) and Sheila Elliott (right) before heading to Australia for the month of May as part of a faculty exchange with Holmesglen Institute in Melbourne, Australia.

With the expected completion of Grande Prairie’s new regional health and education centre in 2019, GPRC is building a partnership with Holmesglen Institute to share opportunities for research and education that comes from both having hospitals on college-owned land.

Evans and Elliott are both looking forward to the adventure ahead of them and say they will be even more excited once the “15 hour flight from Vancouver” is behind them.

GPRC’s favourite wolf and mascot Farley is also tagging along for the ride.

Make sure you check back and watch The Ambassador Blog for updates on their trip.

Check out the full news release on our GPRC website here.