Celebrating AU’s nurses

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

  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

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...]

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

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

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...]