Gateway CERH & Nipissing University are once again collaborating to provide placement for community projects as part of the Nipissing University Distant Learning Program. This semester a Gateway Board Member Gwen Devereaux RN is mentoring two nursing students.This is the third cohort of nursing students that Gateway has hosted. Devereaux stated she really enjoys assisting these ambitious and dedicated students who are working full time in our communities and at the same time, carrying out a study and placement program, that over five years will lead to a BScN.
“I graduated from HealthKick’s local Practical Nursing Program and began my nursing career in 2010 as a Registered Practical Nurse in Wingham & District Hospital. The fact that I would be able to pursue a college education in a field I loved and was passionate about was very important. Being able to obtain my education locally was extremely instrumental in where I am today. To further develop my nursing career while working with Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance, I returned to school to obtain my nursing degree (RPN-BScN Distance Learning Program) at Nipissing University. The opportunity to work with Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health to complete part of my program locally,means everything.”
“I currently am working on my 3rd year of the Bachelor of Nursing Degree from Nipissing University. I completed a Bachelor of Health Science (2005) from Western University and the Practical Nursing Program(2013) from Georgian College, through HealthKick in Huron County. I am currently working as an RPN at AMGH while completing my community nursing semester. I am excited to be working for 4 months with Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health.”
Gwen Devereaux R.N.
Vice President Gateway Board of Directors
“We are very happy to assist our nursing students this year. Gateway’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life of rural residents through research, education and communication. We are always interested in researching health issues relevant to our local community members. There is no better way than to assist our local health care professionals to advance their education. Once again we have two very bright students and we are delighted to help.”
Al & Hickmott have identified a need for information and education around the legalization of recreational cannabis. They are looking at strategies to increase community awareness. Gateway CERH is very interested in learning from this important project.