The Nipissing University Bachelor of Science in Nursing Community Health Clinical Practicum Placement provides an invaluable opportunity for third year nursing students to work collaboratively to perform a community assessment, and develop a meaningful project that will enhance the health of a community. Two such students currently engaged in completing their community placement, Lori Sneddon of Listowel, and Kelley Nedza of Grand Bend, are presently working at the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health located in Goderich, Ontario.
Under the direction of Gwen Devereaux R.N., students Sneddon and Nedza have chosen to assess the gaps in programming for Huron County Seniors. They are specifically researching existing programming developed to combat loneliness and social isolation among this vulnerable population. “It is so enjoyable working with these nurses and I am re-energized by their enthusiasm for our profession! At Gateway we continue to assist students wishing to further their professional careers in health care and this project assists also in making aging in Huron County better. A win- win for all of us!” said Devereaux.
After introducing the two students to current programming and initiatives at Goderich Place and the Harbour Hill Retirement Community, the students expressed amazement at the volume of current resources provided. Nedza stated “being here has broadened my knowledge of community rural health and a different specialty of nursing.” Sneddon stated, "I am impressed with how Gateway is creating initiatives and projects to better the rural communities. I didn't realize that there were so many areas of nursing incorporated into the community and I am proud to be a part of it."
In addition to this twelve week long practicum placement at Gateway, Sneddon currently works full time as a Mental Health Nurse (RPN) at Homewood Health Centre in Guelph, and Nedza is working as a R.P.N. at LHSC and Clinton Hospital.
Both students look forward to completing their work in partnership with Gateway long after the conclusion of their clinical experience.
On Thursday, January 25th, Heather Mair, a University of Waterloo professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies was appointed as a Research Chair at the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health. Heather has been given the title of Chair of Rural Community Development and Well-Being. Mair grew up in Rural New Brunswick and has a PhD in Rural Development. The majority of Heather Mair’s research and work has been in community development and the role that recreation, sport and leisure play in community involvement. She specifically likes to focus on and illustrate the social importance of these activities, which is especially evident within small towns and rural in communities. In filling this position, Heather Mair is looking forward to working within the community and helping to address some of the unique difficulties and issues of rural life through upcoming projects and potential research opportunities.
Additionally, a new partnership was made official at last week’s meeting between the Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health, and the G2G Rail Trail organization with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. This document forms the first step in an active, and ongoing relationship built on the common interests of the two organizations to strengthen connections between communities, bring value to rural communities, and improve the quality of life and overall health of those living in rural Ontario. The documentation of these shared interests as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding, provides a concrete prospect for future policy development, possible research opportunities and overall growth.
Click here to read the full article from the Goderich Signal Star on Gateway's New Research Chair
Click here to read the full article from the Goodrich Signal Star on Gateway's New Partnership with the G2G Rail Trail