Canada does not have enough aboriginal nurses and aboriginal nursing faculty. Consequently, there is an inadequate number of nurses to meet both on- and off-reserve and community health care staffing needs. In 2002, Health Canada asked the Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing to facilitate a national task force that would examine aboriginal nursing in Canada. The task force engaged in an extensive literature review, conducted a national survey of nursing programs, and explored recruitment and retention strategies. In 2007, the association prepared an update on the current status. In this article, the authors review the progress made during the intervening five years in the recruitment, retention and education of aboriginal nursing students.
To practice effectively nurses need an environment that supports quality professional practice. This article describes the development of a model identifying seven (7) key system attributes of a quality practice setting. The defined attributes are essential in supporting professional practice and quality care. The Quality Practice Setting Attributes Model developed by the College of Nurses of Ontario in Canada provides the foundational framework for the Practice Setting Consultation Program (PSCP), a unique quality improvement approach to creating quality practice environments.