Celebrating AU’s nurses

Donna Clare, MN, NP, Athabasca University, and CARNA Committee's Choice Award recipient for 2016

When Donna Clare was singled out among her nursing peers to receive the Committee's Choice Award at the 2016 CARNA Awards of Nursing Excellence, she was more than chuffed. It meant her years of persistence had made a difference. Since 2008, it has been her professional mission to support nurse practitioners (NPs). Clare, NP, and AU academic coordinator, is also the president … [Read more...]

Personal Best: How Alumni Award Winner Sarah Stephens uses her gift that keeps on giving

Sarah Stephens, BN, MN, AU grad 2015 and winner of Alumni Award for Volunteer Service [photo credit: Christy Dean Photography]

  When Sarah Stephens received her bachelor's degree at Athabasca University Convocation in 2009, she found herself  overcome with pride. Seeing the smiling group of graduates from a variety of distance education programs—sharing a milestone moment in the AU Multiplex—moved her. Three years later, when she was exploring schools for her master’s degree in nursing, she … [Read more...]

Great Clinical Minds: Profs in Centre for Nursing and Health Studies launch e-text

Authored Dr. Sherri Melose, associate professor; Dr.  Caroline Park, professor; and Dr. Beth Perry, professor - in AU's Centre for Nursing and Health Studies

Three Registered Nurse (RN) professors in AU's Centre for Nursing and Health Studies have just launched a peer-reviewed e-text. Drs. Sherri Melrose, Caroline Park, and Beth Perry have co-authored Creative Clinical Teaching in the Health Professions —a home-grown, must-read for nurses and other health professionals "who strive to teach with creativity and excellence in clinical … [Read more...]

Back in A Couple: List of temporary office closures in honour of Employee Recognition Event

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Athabasca University is hosting its annual Employee Recognition Event next Tuesday, Oct. 6.   The following offices will be closed and/or AU staff unavailable between 11:00 a.m. and  1 p.m. on this day: Counselling Services Unit (CSU) Centre for Distance Education Faculty of Health Disciplines (Athabasca Office) Faculty of Humanities and Social … [Read more...]

Nurse of Steel: How one AU student tackled her degree during the Alberta Flood.

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Patricia Ripley understands working in the trenches. Juggling nursing jobs between two rural hospitals as a Registered Nurse (RN), she’s accustomed to doing what it takes to comfort patients in distress. But when her family's home in High River was hit by the Alberta Flood of 2013, the knack for caring became all-too personal. Ripley, 55, was smack-dab in the middle of her … [Read more...]

Dr. Virginia Vandall-Walker named lead of patient engagement for Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit

Athabasca University Dr. Virginia Vandall-Walker

Dr. Virginia Vandall-Walker, an associate professor in Athabasca University’s Centre for Nursing and Health Studies, has been named lead for the Patient Engagement platform of the Alberta SPOR (Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research) SUPPORT Unit. “I am extremely pleased to welcome Virginia into this critical leadership role and platform,” said Tim Murphy, executive director of … [Read more...]

7 things you might not know about nurse practitioners (NPs)

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Debbie Fraser is the director of Athabasca University’s online nurse practitioner (NP) program, and on June 17, the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) honoured her with the CNA Order of Merit for Nursing Education. In celebration of Debbie receiving this award, the AU blog tapped into her expertise and asked her to share seven things you might not know about nurse practitioners. 1. … [Read more...]

CARNA awards for professor Sharon Moore and alumna Lorraine Way

AU's Dr. Sharon Moore is the winner of the 2014 Nursing Excellence in Education award from the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA).

Each year, the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) recognizes the finest achievements of its members with awards of nursing excellence, and this year CARNA is once again honouring members of the Athabasca University community with two of these awards. At the May 8 gala for the 15th Annual CARNA Awards of Nursing Excellence, Dr. Sharon Moore (pictured … [Read more...]