Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
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Box 357, Lethbridge Phone 328-9671 Describing in-hospital nursing training programs as "remnants of the Sister Castonguay, chairman of nursing at Grant MacEwan Com- munity College, applauds a recent provincial govern- ment proposal to replace them with community college courses. But a controversy appears to be emerging in Alberta over the issue. In- dications are that hospitals not lightly give up their position as major training centres for nurses in the province. "If you have a program that is successful in terms of professional standards, why throw it asked Charles Gravett, executive director of Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton, which established its nurs- ing school in 1907. About two-thirds of the nurses graduating annually in Alberta are trained in .-the province's six hospital programs. The Misericor- dia and Royal Alexander hospitals in Edmonton. Foothills and Holy Cross in Calgary, and Gait School of Nursing in Lethbridge offer three-year pro- grams, while the Universi- ty Hospital in Edmonton has a 2Vi-year program. Five community colleges in Calgary, Edmonton. Medicine Hat, Lethbridge and Red Deer offer two- year diploma courses in nursing. Mr. Gravett, whose FALL CLEANING! can A2R VAC 328-0286 Here's what we do: Entire duel system is sanitized, leaving a pleasant aroma Fan and motor are removed, cleaned and oiled Chimneys are inspected and cleaned, flues and heat exchanger are cleaned and checked, burners are cleaned and adjusted A PROPER CLEANING DOESN'T COST, IT PAYS! CALL AIR VAC A DIVISION OF NEUKO Sheet Metal Ltd. hospital trained 41 nurses last year, disagrees with the "either-or1' position government is taking towards the two nursing training programs. "Let's make an in-depth study of the two programs. It may conclude the hospital program and the college program should operate side by side. "If we've been deficient in our training program, show us where im- provements can be made but don't throw the baby out with the bath water." The Alberta Association of Registered Nurses with an active membership of 10.000, has been on record since 1962 as supporting college train- ing programs. "Historically, nurses have had the attitude that hospitals are using students as cheap labor and that hospital training courses leave a lot to be Mr. Gravett said. While this might have been true at one time, hospitals had revamped their curriculum and modernized their teaching techniques in the last 12 years. Come first Mrs. H. E. Cotter, com- mittee adviser for AARN, said the first responsibility of hospital schools has to be to the patient and this can conflict with their educational function. In 1960, more than 170 hospitals in Canada provid- ed three-year nursing programs. Today, only 13 of these programs are operating and five of them are in Alberta. Sister Castonguay, who Supervised the changeover to community colleges in Saskatchewan in 1967, is a firm believer in the advan- tages of community college training. "Studies have shown peo- ple can leam the essentials of nursing in less than three years." she said. Not only are community college courses shorter, they provide an enriched general education not available in hospitals. "The main strength of community college courses is the multi- disciplinary setting. S'ydents are encouraged to develop a questioning mind." She quoted a Saskatchewan study which concluded that although hospital-trained nurses may have more con- fidence when they enter the profession, "the difference was not so marked as to justify an ex- tra year of training." In some areas, the study found the two-year' graduates more competent and more independent than their hospital counter- parts. Sister Castonguay dis- missed the criticism that community colleges do not provide students with enough practical ex- perience. At Grant MacE- wan, students' clinical ex- perience is correlated to the theory they are studying. The college uses the facilities of about 60 health agencies including hospitals, community clinics and doctors' of- provide practical training. The amount of practical experience varies between eight and 14 hours a week, with students working a regular 40-hour work week the last nine weeks of the course. Sister Castonguay said feedback from employers has been good and graduates "are proving themselves on the wards." Contract warning CBC Radio Consumer Affairs Dept. warns against falling for a door- io-door salesman's pitch when it comes to buying vinyl or metal siding, a luxury most of us cannot afford. 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