North Expected to Benefit from New Nursing Seats

Friday, August 01, 2003 at 14:06




The First Nations University Campus in Prince Albert stands to be a busy place over the next few years.


Yesterday, the provincial government announced it was opening up one hundred new spots for students who want to study nursing in either Regina, Saskatoon or Prince Albert.


The Dean of Nursing for SIAST, Diana Dick, says the program in P.A. is especially geared towards training students of First Nations or Metis ancestry, and as a result, will improve nursing numbers for the North over time.


Dick says the forty students allowed into the P.A. program every year will see a few slight changes soon, including doing their practicum in Northern Saskatchewan.


She says by visiting northern clinics and health care facilities, the hope is that students will bond with the people they meet there and consider working in that area once their training is done.