Aboriginal nurses: Insights from a national study

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Kulig, Judith Celene
Stewart, Norma
Morgan, Debra
Andrews, Mary Ellen
MacLeod, Martha
Pitblado, Roger
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The Canadian Nurse
Aboriginal registered nurses have been identified as an essential group in the delivery of health services in First Nations communities. Despite this, there is a lack of information about this group of nurses in Canada. This article presents information about this group taken from two components of a national study, The Nature of Nursing Practice In Rural and Remote Canada: documentary analysis and a national survey of nurses. The Aboriginal nurse participants were predominantly female, between the ages of 40 and 49, diploma prepared and with licensure for less than 10 years. The survey data showed 41.4 per cent returned to their home communities to work. The participants noted how they enjoyed the challenges of rural and remote nursing and wanted to raise their families in these small communities. They have been able to create supportive work environments, particularly with their nursing colleagues. The nurses are committed to working in rural and remote communities.
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Indigenous nurses -- Canada , Indigenous communities , rural and remote nursing
Kulig, J., Stewart, N., Morgan, D., Andrews, ME, MacLeod, M. & Pitblado, R. (2006). Aboriginal nurses: Insights from a national study. Canadian Nurse, 102(4), 16-20