Raising Student Nurses

This project evaluates the outcomes of first year nursing students experiencing an immersive learning collaboration with remote First Nations communities.

Project Dates: March 2018 – March 2020
Funding Amount: $212,067
Students Hired: 2

Nursing students visit Indigenous communities on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.

Project Summary

First Nations communities on Vancouver Island are working with North Island College nursing faculty and students to design an immersive learning experience in their communities. These experiences will reflect the uniqueness of each community and will serve to provide an opportunity for nursing students to live in and learn from a remote First Nations community.


Project Outcomes


Research Team

Joanna Fraser
Joanna Fraser, RN BSN MCE EdD (c), Lead Researcher
Joanna has been a nurse educator at NIC for the past 21 years. Her focus is curriculum reconciliation through inclusion of Indigenous people and ways of knowing. Her research interests include the use of indigenous and relational methodologies in understanding the healing and transformational possibilities of relational, land based and experiential learning.
Evelyn Voyageur
Evelyn Voyageur, PhD
Evelyn is of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation, of the Dzawadainox tribe. She speaks Kwak’wala fluently. She has worked in hospitals and communities in Alberta and BC, as well as taught and developed nursing curricula at UVic and NIC. Evelyn counsels survivors for the Indian Residential School Society. She has received many awards for her contribution to Indigenous nursing, including becoming one of Health Canada’s First Nation and Inuit Branch’s first recipients of the Award of Excellence in Nursing.
Jocelyne Van Neste-Kenny
Jocelyne Van Neste-Kenny
Jocelyn Van Nest Kenney is the former Dean of Health, Human Services and Applied Business Technology at NIC. Her research interests include practice education models, emerging technologies in practice education, and inter-professional education.
Jennifer Spurr
Jennifer Spurr, BSN student
Jennifer Spurr is a third year student in the NIC BSN program and a co-explorer on the Inquiry Team.
Kate Moynihan
Kate Moynihan, BSN student
Kate Moynihan is a fourth year BSN student at NIC. Kate is excited to graduate and enter the world of nursing, where she hopes to work in a community health capacity.
Victoria Dick
Victoria Dick, BSN student
Heather McAnsh
Heather McAnsh, BSN student