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Native Access Program to Nursing

History

The Native Access Program to Nursing (NAPN) was conceived in 1984 with an ultimate goal of increasing the number of Aboriginal people in the healing careers, working towards balanced healthy communities. It has been operating within the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan since 1985 and has played an instrumental role towards its success in recruiting and retaining Aboriginal nursing students.

Originally known as the National Native Access Program to Nursing (NNAPN), the program included a nine-week orientation to University, focusing on nursing and other sciences, including an important cultural component with the loss of federal funding, NNAPN restructured in 1998 to become a provincial support program focused on recruitment and retention.

With the restructuring of NAPN, support was provided to Aboriginal nursing students at both SIAST and the University of Saskatchewan in the Nursing Education Program of Saskatchewan (NEPS) from September 1998 - June 2012. The College of Nursing at the U of S launched its new undergraduate BSN program in 2011; the new program includes one year of Arts & Science courses (Pre-Professional Year) followed by three years of nursing courses. Upon completion, students obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) undergraduate degree.

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