Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 31(1) March 2018 : 28-31.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2018.25475
Special Focus on Indigenous Nursing

Commentary: Indigenous Nursing – Learning from the Past to Strengthen the Future of Healthcare

Lea Bill and Leila Gillis

Abstract

Nurse leaders, educators and employers work to address the challenges of providing optimal care to Indigenous people and communities in Canada, which is often further complicated by geography and isolation. The Canadian Indigenous Nurses Association (CINA) has responded to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada through partnerships with various levels of government, including the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of the new federal department of Indigenous Services Canada, to increase and better support Indigenous nurses in the healthcare system. Grounding nursing practice with the wisdom and strength of Indigenous knowledge, balanced with the perspectives of western ways of knowing is further facilitated when nursing students can be educated and supported closer to home. Learning in a supportive way, closer to where one lives, can allow for important family ties, cultural supports and practices to improve experiences and outcomes for students.

 

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