Lakehead research project aims to boost number of Aboriginal nurses in Ontario

October 17, 2012

In a bid to see more Aboriginal people in nursing, a team of Lakehead University researchers is conducting an Ontario-wide study of nursing schools and the nursing profession. The study involves interviewing Aboriginal nurses and Aboriginal nursing students to determine why such a relatively small proportion of nurses in the province are of First Nations or Métis descent. Researchers will also conduct interviews at all Ontario nursing schools, with a particular focus on schools that have had success attracting Aboriginal students. The study's lead researcher says he hopes the results lead to Ontario-wide recommendations on how nursing schools can better accommodate Aboriginal students, and how the profession as a whole can better recruit and retain Aboriginal nurses. Wawatay News