Oct 19, 2012

Vancouver, 2012

“Beyond the Bevel”

At Library Square

Vancouver Public LibraryThe Canadian Nursing Students Association (CNSA) is holding their first ever conference in British Columbia this October 19-21, 2012. The conference theme, “Beyond the Bevel”, focuses on the Vancouver Four Pillars Model of Harm Reduction. The students have organized an incredible line up of speakers who will provide students from Manitoba to BC with insights into advocacy and social justice as part of the role of nursing.

The benefits of attending a conference may not at first be evident to students. Networking, discovering a shared vision, socializing and socialization, as well as finding leadership opportunities, are all benefits to attendance at any conference. However, to attend a nursing student conference is sure to be a formative experience. If you have contact with nursing students, please encourage them to register for this conference through the CNSA website

So far, over 200 nursing students from the Western and Prairie Region of CNSA have signed up to attend and we are expecting up to 300.  For the first time at a CNSA conference, undergraduate students will have an opportunity to showcase their own work. We have received abstracts from a number of students from the Western and Prairie Region with a range of topics addressed. This is the final call for abstracts - we want to feature as many posters as possible and find that time is very limited for oral presentations. Please see the CNSA website.

Sponsors have been generous and include a number of Schools of Nursing within British Columbia. While Langara College is the largest sponsor, we would like to thank UBC and BCIT particularly for their level of sponsorship. Langara College nursing students have organized this conference and have enjoyed the support of UBC students who volunteered their assistance at the conference itself.    

In addition to Schools of Nursing, the nurses’ unions and some regulatory bodies of the western provinces have also been very generous with sponsorship. BCNU has been the main union supporting this conference and we thank them for their support. 

The University of British Columbia will have a booth with information on their Master of Science in Nursing program, and BCIT will offer information on their post-graduate specialty certificate programs. Xi Eta will also have a booth to advertise the benefits of belonging to Sigma Theta Tau International. The ARNBC will also have a booth at the conference.

In addition to sponsorship, several organizations, including publishers, have offered significant “door prizes”. A draw will be held for books and uniforms. Proceeds from silent auction items will be donated to charity. Two organizations have offered free registration for their own conferences. InspireNet has offered spots for the upcoming “Connect 2012” conference here in Vancouver this November. Xi Eta has offered registration for the February, 2013 “Ethel Johns Research Forum”.