Presentation Title

Challenges Faced by Indigenous Nursing Students - Learning About Their Experience at Thompson Rivers University School of Nursing, British Columbia, Canada.

Format of Presentation

Poster to be presented the Friday of the conference

Abstract

Background and Purpose: Past research shows the attrition rates of Indigenous students in the post-secondary system remains disproportionately higher than that of non-Indigenous students. The purpose of this research study is to gain insights into the lived experiences of Indigenous nursing students at Thompson Rivers University. Secondly, it is to identify the major challenges and barriers which prevent Indigenous students from excelling academically, and as leaders within the program.

Methodology: An interpretive research approach is used to explore the aims and is suitable for small-scale qualitative studies. Data collection methods are semi-structured face to face interviews and a socio-demographic questionnaire that provides opportunity to describe their experiences and express more detailed contextual information.

Findings: Preliminary research findings will inform understanding of contextual factors including financial issues, social isolation, racism, cultural and familial responsibilities of Indigenous students.

Conclusions: Preliminary research findings inform the advancement of the nursing curriculum and faculty, through use of the students’ voices through an Indigenous lens. Indigenous ways of knowing and being are integral to ensure cultural safety, wellbeing, and ultimately lead to retention and success of Indigenous nursing students.

Keywords: Indigenous, nursing education, students

Department

Nursing

Faculty Advisor

Joyce O'Mahony

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Challenges Faced by Indigenous Nursing Students - Learning About Their Experience at Thompson Rivers University School of Nursing, British Columbia, Canada.

Background and Purpose: Past research shows the attrition rates of Indigenous students in the post-secondary system remains disproportionately higher than that of non-Indigenous students. The purpose of this research study is to gain insights into the lived experiences of Indigenous nursing students at Thompson Rivers University. Secondly, it is to identify the major challenges and barriers which prevent Indigenous students from excelling academically, and as leaders within the program.

Methodology: An interpretive research approach is used to explore the aims and is suitable for small-scale qualitative studies. Data collection methods are semi-structured face to face interviews and a socio-demographic questionnaire that provides opportunity to describe their experiences and express more detailed contextual information.

Findings: Preliminary research findings will inform understanding of contextual factors including financial issues, social isolation, racism, cultural and familial responsibilities of Indigenous students.

Conclusions: Preliminary research findings inform the advancement of the nursing curriculum and faculty, through use of the students’ voices through an Indigenous lens. Indigenous ways of knowing and being are integral to ensure cultural safety, wellbeing, and ultimately lead to retention and success of Indigenous nursing students.

Keywords: Indigenous, nursing education, students