• Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada presents the March 2013 Report
May 15, 2013

Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada presents the March 2013 Report:
Survey of the Educational Needs of Nurses
Working in First Nations Health Transferred Communities

For immediate release

In recognition of Aboriginal Nurses Day, the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada (A.N.A.C.) is pleased to present the March 2013 Report on the Survey of the Educational Needs of Nurses Working in First Nations Health Transferred Communities.

A.N.A.C. commissioned Johnston Research Inc. to develop and evaluate the survey in order to identify the gaps in accessing knowledge, learning opportunities and training, and to use this information to provide educational opportunities for nurses.

Almost 200 nurses responded to the survey with most representatives from British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. The report identifies key issues and actions that Nurses and Nurse Management in First Nations Health Transferred Communities need to know.

 “This report is rich because it has a lot of information about what nurses need to be able to work effectively in First Nations communities. Not only does it reaffirm what we suspected, that we need to partner, but it gives us new information too,” says Executive Director, Fjola Hart Wasekeesikaw. “We have received a number of great recommendations about working in partnerships, education training topics that are of most interest and how nurses would like to receive information.”

Wasekeesikaw goes on to say,

 “We know for certain, with concrete evidence, that for nurses working in First Nations communities to be most effective they need training in management, administration and supervisory skills.

I think we knew this all along, but this report reaffirms it. With this information, I can say with confidence that A.N.A.C is going in the correct direction. We are committed to working to enhance and provide education and training approaches that can be utilized at the level of communities.

This report provides A.N.A.C. as a national entity with a solid direction on how to partner at the community and provincial levels. We now have a better understanding on how to approach provincial Regional Health Authorities and Local Health Integration Networks.”

A.N.A.C. chose Aboriginal Nurses Day to present this report not only to recognize those who tirelessly dedicate themselves to the field of Aboriginal nursing, but to provide them with a national voice about the need to invest in the potential of those who serve to improve health services for Aboriginal people across Canada every day.

This report is timely, as newly released data from Statistics Canada, 2011 National Household Survey, reiterates the importance of investing in the potential of First Nations. There is opportunity for this growing population to help alleviate the Canadian Nurses Association’s 2008 predicted shortage of 60,000 registered nurses by 2022.

Together we can strengthen the bonds of service delivery, help promote healing and support policy changes to improve access to conventional and traditional healing practices that support individuals, communities and our nation. 

The full report will be made available on the homepage of the A.N.A.C. website on May 10, 2013 at 9:30am EST at http://www.anac.on.ca/. See below for highlights. See last page of this document for an Aboriginal Nurses Day message from the A.N.A.C. President.

The mission of the Aboriginal Nurses Association of Canada is to improve the health of Aboriginal people, by supporting Aboriginal Nurses and by promoting the development and practice of Aboriginal Health Nursing.