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'A funky way to learn'

Published in Canadian Nurse – March 2015

“On your mark, get set, go!” And so started the Nursing Specialty: Speed Dating workshop at the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association national conference in Regina on January 30.

In this gathering, nurse leaders from five member organizations of CNA’s Canadian Network of Nursing Specialties showcased why they had chosen their specialty and why their jobs still excite them. The 350 future nurses who attended were put into groups and moved from one nurse leader to another. The students heard from:

The pace was fast, the energy was high and the student feedback extremely positive. The presenters appreciated the experience too, saying: “I enjoyed myself and think it is a funky way to learn a little about a lot”; “I was really impressed with the calibre of students in attendance. They were courteous and engaged and very smart”; “The students, I think, enjoyed it and got some career tips from it”; and “It was excellent! So privileged to be invited and connect with outstanding students.”

While the speed sessions were a highlight, the conference was overall a great success and we were especially pleased to have the participation of several aboriginal nursing students. Pamela Rice and Marie Sanderson helped Bourque-Bearskin in her session on aboriginal nursing, while Celeste Okemaysim and Raymond McNabb helped out at CNA’s booth.

Jocelyn Reimer-Kent, RN, BN, MN
Associate Member Representative
CNA Board of Directors

Check out last September’s article by Rajet Anand, CNSA president and their member profile.