Nursing students support Fort McMurray evacuees

Second year nursing students from the University of Calgary gained hands-on experience in their own backyard when the campus became a home-away-from-home for hundreds of Fort McMurray wildfire evacuees last spring.

Fifteen nursing students, together with professionals from social work, psychology and medicine, were available to assess the needs of the new residents, providing basic mental health first aid and referral to other resources if necessary.

Through a mandatory professional practice, students participate in activities that are considered core to the curriculum. In this case, the activity was a very practical extension of their community health course that focuses on families in transition.

“As part of their term 4 class, our students  typically spend time with families in supportive living and long-term care facilities, postpartum community services, the university day care as well other community placements”, says nursing instructor Dave Patterson. “This is a very natural fit into our curriculum and also gives the students the chance to witness and participate on multi-disciplinary care teams”.

For more information, visit the Faculty of Nursing.

News Date: January 11, 2017