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Members Spotlight: Centre For Nursing Studies

The Centre for Nursing Studies is one of our Members who we've partnered with for the International Youth Internship Program. Learn more about them below!

What are you going to be up to in the month of October?

The Centre for Nursing Studies (CNS) offers a wide range of nursing education programs including a Bachelor of Nursing (Collaborative) program, Practical Nursing Program, and a variety of Continuing Nursing Studies programs for Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). In addition, the CNS also provides re-entry programs for RNs and LPNs, a tailored bridging and re-entry program for internationally educated nurses (IENs), and competency-based assessments of nurses in practice for the Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (ARNNL), the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (CLPNNL) and regional health authorities. Programs and classes start in September. By October, the CNS is a bustle with over 750 students enrolled in the various nursing programs.

The CNS faculty are dedicated professionals that aim to advance professional practice and nursing education through scholarly research and knowledge dissemination. On October 26 -28, 2015, eight faculty members will present and disseminate nursing research at the Canadian Association of Practical Nurse Educators (CAPNE) Conference in Toronto, Canada.

The CNS International Office is also dedicated to promoting international education opportunities. In early October, the CNS is excited to introduce the three International Youth Interns selected under the IYIP program to St. John’s for orientation and training with the CNS as well as Planned Parenthood-Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Health Centre prior to their departure for Jamaica in mid-October.

How can people get involved with the Centre for Nursing Studies?

Interested individuals can refer to the CNS website at for a full listings of programs provided or contact Natalie Gosse, BN, MScN, RN (International Office) if interested in more information about future IYIP placements.

What will your interns/volunteers be up to in October and the couple of months after?

The CNS is excited to be partnering with ACIC in facilitating three interns to complete an IYIP placement at FAMPLAN clinic in St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica. FAMPLAN is a health clinic that attends to the family planning needs and promotes sexual and reproductive health amongst the marginalized populations in rural and urban centres of Jamaica. The CNS is very engaged to promote a successful internship for the participants in the IYIP program. The CNS welcomes the three successful interns to St. John’s, NL on October 5-9, 2015 for a tour of the CNS, a meet and greet with faculty, staff, and administration and orientation sessions with the CNS as well as Planned Parenthood-Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Health Centre in St. John’s. The interns will depart for Jamaica by mid-October and remain working with FAMPLAN for a period of 6 months. When interns return to Canada in April, several public engagements sessions are scheduled for the interns to share their internship experiences with students of the various nursing programs at the CNS.

Anything else readers should know about the Centre for Nursing Studies?

In June 2015, the CNS received the highest award of a seven-year accreditation status from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN). This achievement affirms the quality of nursing education programs offered at the CNS. The CNS is a leader in nursing education as well as actively promotes partnerships and collaborations with various stakeholders from organizations within the community to the international sectors. CNS International (CNSi) works closely with nursing schools, professional associations, community agencies and health ministries in developing countries to improve health status and strengthen health systems in order to help these countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals for Health. CNSi has the capacity to manage and implement development projects and provide technical expertise to initiatives in the fields of nursing management, education, and training.

Also in June of this year, the CNS, as part of a larger team, received the Eastern Health’s CEO Award of Excellence for Connectedness for the Jamaican Practical Nursing Recruitment and Onboarding Team. The team at the CNS demonstrated commitment, leadership and collaboration in providing support and direction for a Practical Nursing program in Jamaica in 2009-2011. In 2014-2015, successful recruitment of a number of licensed practical nurses educated in Jamaica extended into the health care facilities in Newfoundland and Labrador to enhance the delivery of health care to the province’s population.

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