Gitxsan, Wet’suwet’en course at TRU equips nurses to help Indigenous clients

April 15, 2019

A second cohort of nursing students is preparing to depart for Hazleton, Gitxsan, and Wet’suwet’en First Nations as part of Thompson Rivers University’s CPE 3 immersion course. A TRU release explains that the program, which integrates western and Indigenous ways of knowing, was developed in partnership with the two nations. “The practice course is a reflection of a partnership with the Gitxsan community,” School of Nursing faculty member Sheila Blackstock said. “It allows students to experience rural Indigenous nursing practice while working with interdisciplinary teams and Gitxsan peoples, to improve health outcomes.” Students spend three weeks training on reserve at the Gitxsan Health Society and three weeks in Hazleton in hospital, public health, and diagnostic and treatments centre settings, adds TRU. TRU (BC)