Open, online nursing education critical to health care
Athabasca University teaches more undergraduate nursing students, nurse practitioners in Canada
Communities in rural Alberta have long struggled to attract and retain health-care workers, and often watch young people leave for training in larger centres.
Open, online nursing education plays an important role in the health-care system in Alberta and beyond. Athabasca University (AU) teaches more undergraduate nurses and nurse practitioners than anywhere in Canada.
Through enhanced partnerships with the provincial government, AU can play a larger role in training nurses across rural Alberta. Learn how AU students, alumni, and faculty are making a difference in their communities.
Students and grads working in rural communities share why they chose AU to advance their careers as nurses and nurse practitioners. Online learning—and AU in particular—can help address strains to the health-care system and in remote and rural communities in particular, says President Dr. Alex Clark.
After graduating from AU’s Master of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner program, Kayla Milley chose to work in a remote northern Alberta community because she felt she could make a difference in the health and lives of the area’s Indigenous People.
Chantelle Gray chose AU’s Master of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner program because she felt she could “do more” for Alberta’s health-care system and her hometown of Grande Prairie.
Registered nurse Jennifer Kirk used the pandemic as an opportunity to begin a Master of Nursing degree at AU while studying from abroad. Nearly about to graduate, she’s ready to move back to Alberta and support health-care workers and the health system.
After encountering racism in health care, Kimberley Jones (Master of Nursing ’22) wants to be an advocate for change.