The Future of Canadian Health Care is in Good Hands. 

The CNSA Conference is dear to my heart. It was my first introduction to advocacy and leadership during my undergraduate program. I am sure this is true for many other nurses as well. Canadian students from coast to coast traveled across the country to collaborate and be inspired together. This idea aligned perfectly with this years theme Collaborative Health Teams: Promoting and Enhancing the Nursing Role.

A highlight for GASNN was that our President Paisly Symenuk was invited to host a session on Global Health. The talk was engaging, interactive, and enlightening. Paisly challenged the students to question their meaning of global health and the adequacy of their undergraduate education. It was found that global heath was hard to define, and I think that is true for many. The definition of nursing alone can be diverse for each and every person. Global health, is even harder to define when you aren't exposed to a comprehensive view of this field through your education.

 GASNN Secretary,  Paige Bewley  and GASNN President,  Paisly Symenuk  at the 2018 CNSA National Conference.

GASNN Secretary, Paige Bewley and GASNN President, Paisly Symenuk at the 2018 CNSA National Conference.

On a personal note, my classmates and I were lucky to have a great global health instructor. Whom was passionate in having us understand the structures and goals (as best they could in a term time limit) of global health change. We participated in a mock World Bank scenario in which we had to present our proposals for approval. Looking back, I can see how integral and forward thinking this instructor was in forming my deeper understanding of what global health is. Three major points stood out to me from this activity during my undergraduate program:

1: Having us  work in a large team, with many differing personalities. 

2: Challenging us to explore the main health concerns within each selected country.

3: Attempting to propose solutions that are creative, sustainable, and realistic within the range of policy, economic resources, and even laws.

Hearing from other students during Paisly's session, their global health education just scratched the surface, with a focus mostly on international nursing as a concept being used synonymously with global health. It was clear that students in this workshop were not getting the depth and interdisciplinary that is required to tackle health concerns on a global scale.        

For those that had the opportunity to attend this conference, tell us your thoughts! What was your favorite workshop? What is your meaning of ‘global health’? What is your current school curriculum like? What can we do to advocate for a better and earlier introduction to global health within the nursing curriculum?

Seeing the leadership, determination, and engagement by Canadian student nurses gives us hope in the future of nursing, and leadership. We see this through GASNN's work in many countries. 

We are confident the future of nursing in Canada is in good hands. Furthermore, the future of nursing globally, with SNNs working together across borders, we would argue is in even better hands.

Written by Paige Bewley, GASNN Secretary

The True Beauty of Authentic Interprofessional Values

As the first day of the 70th World Health Assembly comes to a close, it is impossible for us to focus anywhere but the one reason we are even in attendance; and that is because of our colleagues from the International Pharmaceutical Students Federations (IPSF)

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It was only a weeks ago that we first connected with our pharmacy peers in the hopes of beginning a relationship between our organizations. What we got in response, was much more than we ever had dreamed of as a budding organization. Within days of emailing this organization, we had a Skype call with their president and were able to discuss the challenges and successes of our organizations, shared visions, and advice on developments that IPSF

In these brief interactions, we were learning from one another, across disciplines- together. 

 Committee Meeting A: Discussion on the Ebola Virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), discussion on the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, and insights from nations about the need for this project due to the various emergencies and disasters in being faced. 

Committee Meeting A: Discussion on the Ebola Virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), discussion on the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, and insights from nations about the need for this project due to the various emergencies and disasters in being faced. 

In global health, it is obvious we need everyone engaged: those in health care delivery, research, development, the private sector, public sector, civil societies, non-state actors, funders, and also including sectors outside of health. The Director General, Dr. Margaret Chan stated in her final address to the delegates that it is no longer about competing with organizations but collaborating because one organization cannot solve all the issues that plague our communities.

When we reflect on the IPSF inviting us to be a part of their delegation to the World Health Assembly- beautiful values of interprofessionalism are illuminated. These student and novice pharmacists are demonstrating their value in having student and novice nursing voices at the table. 

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With their spot at the table, they are making room and giving up some of their space to a group that has never been to the table at all before. This is what true leadership and mentorship looks like

Nurses and pharmacists aren't often the two health care professionals that are seen linked together- but going forward, we hope that this will change. 

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So student and novice nurses, join me in thanking the International Pharmaceutical Students' Federation (IPSF) for giving us a voice, space, and a mentor organization to strive to be like. 

We look forward to future collaboration with the members of the IPSF. 


With many thanks always, 

Global Association of Student and Novice Nurses (GASNN)

 

Blog launch!

Dear Student and Novice Nurses (SNNs), and supporters from around the world,

First of all, Happy Nurses Week to all of you engaged in this wonderful world of nursing and making our global community a better place everyone. 

In the upcoming weeks, we have some very exciting events that we will be involved in. In the spirit of an organization striving to be as accessible as possible, we are excited to launch our blog called "SNN Voice" that will allow us to share updates with you. This blog will also allow us to not only provide updates on a centralized platform, but also allow for collaborative submissions from student and novice nurses around the world on the important contributions they are a part of. 

Kicking off our blog- we would like to showcase a few SNN from around the world pledging how they will make a positive difference in our global community. Tune in below to hear from a few of our peers!

Better together,

Global Association of Student and Novice Nurses (GASNN)