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The College of Nursing is committed to a "learn where you live" philosophy and as such, is using unique and innovative technology to support teaching and learning in the distributed undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. To deliver a quality learner-centered program across Saskatchewan, several technologies are being utilized, such as video and web conferencing, mobile devices, asynchronous and hybrid learning environments and Remote Presence telementoring.

By using Remote Presence (RP) technology, nursing students living in northern communities are connected to faculty located at the three U of S College of Nursing sites in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. The RP7i is an independently mobile robot with an articulated flat-screen monitor for visual display, dual camera configuration and full on-board audio, for a seamless and immersive experience. The technology allows faculty to engage with learners at remote sites to teach and assess clinical competencies. Remote Presence in nursing education removes geographical barriers and supports students to "learn where they live".

"The goal of Remote Presence technology is to address the critical shortage of healthcare workers in rural and remote communities," said Lorna Butler, Dean, College of Nursing. "The pursuit of post-secondary education should not be disadvantaged by geography. This technology is helping us overcome many of the barriers to accessing continuing education and health services, by offering students the opportunity to obtain a first-class nursing education without leaving northern Saskatchewan."

The robots are located in the Northlands College Nursing Skills Lab in Air Ronge, SK and the Keewatin Yatthe Regional Health Authority at St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Centre in Ile-a-la-Crosse, SK. These northern communities are the first in Canada using this innovative technology for nursing education.

For more information on Remote Presence technology, please contact the Dean or the Director of Information and Communications Technology at the College of Nursing.

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