Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic
Image Credit: Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Sask Polytech and University of Regina students place second at international nursing competition

Students travelled to China to participate in the sixth annual International Nursing Skills Competition

November 16, 2016 – Two Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing (SCBScN) students received second place in the sixth annual International Nursing Skills Competition in Shanghai, China. The Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences hosted the competition in cooperation with the Shanghai Nursing Education Group.

Wei Li and Nicole Marchand represented the Saskatchewan Polytechnic and University of Regina SCBScN team in the international division category, which was made up of 18 teams from eight countries. Scored scenarios focused on the international standard of medical care as it applies to nursing.

“Participating in the skills competition opened my eyes to the different perspectives on nursing care held around the world,” shares Nicole Marchand, SCBScN student. “The experience allowed me to learn from the strengths of other countries, as well as to share the strengths of the Canadian model of nursing.”

Teams from Canada, the United States, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Australia and Taiwan participated in the event. Over 100 contestants from more than 40 colleges, universities and hospitals from the Shanghai area and abroad competed in two rounds of intense nursing scenarios. The competition is intended to display and test the nursing skills of participants, and to promote the improvement of nursing education around the world

“The SCBScN team did extremely well in the competition,” said Robyn Kobussen, SCBScN nursing advisor. “They successfully integrated practical skills, theory, patient teaching, and therapeutic care throughout their scenarios."

The SCBScN program is offered jointly by Saskatchewan Polytechnic and the University of Regina.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic serves 27,000 distinct students through applied learning opportunities at campuses in Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Saskatoon, and through extensive distance education opportunities. Programs serve every economic and public service sector. As a polytechnic, the organization provides the depth of learning appropriate to employer and student needs, including certificate, diploma and degree programs, and apprenticeship training. Saskatchewan Polytechnic engages in applied research, drawing on faculty expertise to support innovation by employers, and providing students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills.

The University of Regina is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. It now has 200 academic programs, 10 faculties and about 15,000 students. The University of Regina is well known in several areas, including business, education, engineering, journalism and justice studies, and offers online and distance study programs for people throughout Saskatchewan and across Canada.