Nurse Educator Interest Groups

 

What do the interest groups do?

The CASN Canadian Nurse Educator Interest Groups provide nurse educators an opportunity to discuss ideas; exchange information; build research and scholarship capacity; and promote quality of a specific area of nursing education, at a national level.

What CASN interest groups currently exist?

CASN currently offers the following Nurse Educator Interest Groups:

  • BIPOC Nurse EducatorsBIPOC Nurses: This interest group acts as a place of mentorship for BIPOC Nurses in academia to advocate and support front line nurses and students of color. The interest group will coach, address key issues on racism, develop anti-racist and anti-oppressive curriculum and pedagogy (jointly with the leadership/faculty team of nursing school programs as needed) that serves students in this category while help with health promotion and prevention of diseases, resulting in positive outcomes for members and their communities.
  • Clinical InstructorClinical Instructor:This interest group focuses on sharing approaches to clinical instruction to support nursing students’ clinical learning as well as how to support clinical instructors in their approaches to provide quality clinical instruction to students in a post-pandemic health care setting. The discussions provide members from across Canada the opportunity to discuss challenges and share creative approaches to support clinical education.
  • Clinical Placement CoordinatorsClinical Placement Coordinators:This interest group focuses on sharing approaches to clinical instruction to support nursing students’ clinical learning as well as how to support clinical instructors in their approaches to provide quality clinical instruction to students in a post-pandemic health care setting. The discussions provide members from across Canada the opportunity to discuss challenges and share creative approaches to support clinical education.
  • Community HealthClinical Placement Coordinators:This interest group is focused on topics related to community health. The group works collectively to advocate for and provide leadership to schools of nursing on the essential need for community health in nursing education, focusing on the important role nurses have to engage in primary health care and to promote health in home health, public health, primary care and other community health settings.
  • Digital HealthDigital Health:This interest group is focused on topics within digital health including but not limited to nursing informatics, health information technology, information and communication technologies, telehealth and telemedicine, and the diverse technologies, methodologies, and approaches through which health care professionals are able to better support patient care and integrate technologies into nursing education and curricula.
  • GerontologyGerontology:This interest group discusses new research around healthy aging, supportive care for the elderly, and educational initiatives to support students and staff in caring for older adults and their families. Participants have an opportunity to engage with colleagues from across the country who are working in this area of practice and education.
  • Social Justice and Anti-Racism (formerly Equity, Diversity, and InclusionSocial Justice and Anti-Racism (formerly Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion):This interest group aims to create a community to advance the ongoing conversation regarding Social Justice and Anti-racism approaches in research, education, and clinical practice. The group looks to build and move beyond conversations of equity, diversity, and inclusion toward anti-oppression, anti-racism, decolonization, and social justice.
  • Palliative and End-of-Life CarePalliative and End-of-Life Care:This interest group provides a forum for novice and experienced nurse educators to interact and relate with nurse educators who are committed to facilitating the advancement of PEOLC integration within undergraduate nursing curricula. The meetings provide an opportunity for members from across Canada to discuss and share ideas, experiences and resources related to the successes and challenges of PEOLC integration within undergraduate nursing education.
  • Francophone Nursing EducationFrancophone Nursing Education:Ce nouveau groupe d’intérêt se veut un espace de partage et de réflexions en lien avec les nombreux défis et enjeux (linguistiques, recrutement, disponibilité des ouvrages et ressources, etc.) auxquels font face les infirmières et infirmiers enseignants dans le contexte de leur rôle de formateurs francophones en sciences infirmières au Canada.
  • Leadership, Management, and Policy in EducationLeadership, Management, and Policy in Education:Ce nouveau groupe d’intérêt se veut un espace de partage et de réflexions en lien avec les nombreux défis et enjeux (linguistiques, recrutement, disponibilité des ouvrages et ressources, etc.) auxquels font face les infirmières et infirmiers enseignants dans le contexte de leur rôle de formateurs francophones en sciences infirmières au Canada.
  • Mental HealthMental Health:This interest group aims to address the importance of mental health training for nurses in education and clinical spaces and the necessity of providing mental health care to all.
  • Nurse Practitioner EducationNurse Practitioner Education:This interest group is comprised of educators from across Canada and focuses on sharing innovative approaches to address the ever-changing needs of NP education. We address the current political pressure to expand programs within the existing educational complexities. Programs nationwide are working creatively to meet the demands placed by government and regulators, and this group is where sharing, brainstorming, and supporting occurs.
  • Nursing Education ResearchNursing Education Research:This interest group invites all scholars and graduate students who are interested in conducting research looking at a broad spectrum of nursing education topics in undergraduate and graduate nursing education. We welcome any who would like to be part of conversations about nursing education research and make connections with other nursing education researchers with similar interests across Canada.
  • Planetary HealthPlanetary Health:This interest group focuses on discussing how the transdisciplinary field of planetary health can be integrated into the nursing curriculum, nursing practice, research, and policy.
  • Remote/Rural Nursing EducationRemote/Rural Nursing Education:This interest group focuses on the role of rural/remote nursing in providing access and equitable health services to rural settings with discussions around best practices, current research, and ideas to implement or spread evidence-informed innovations and interventions for education, practice, or research.
  • SimulationSimulation:This interest group brings together scholars in the field of simulation as well as the less experienced nurse educators to explore innovative ways in which technology and simulation could accompany the student’s learning process for skill acquisition, decision-making, and critical thinking before entering clinical settings.
Note: With the exception of the Francophone Nursing Education Nurse Educator Interest Group, the main language for communications and meetings is English.

What are the benefits in taking part?

  • Strengthen the voice of nurse educators and build a specialty-/interest-focused base among nurse educators.
  • Participate in a forum for knowledge translation and idea exchange to raise awareness and call attention to practice issues, current trends, evolving challenges, successes, and key milestones, in the area of interest.
  • Share resources and tools pertaining to the specific area of interest.
  • Foster capacity among faculty in Canadian schools of nursing in the specialty/interest area, by participating in on-going relevant conversations, offering webinars, presentations and talks on topics of interest.
  • Explore potential collaborations, such as joint initiatives, research projects, and publications.

How often do members meet?

Members meet virtually four times a year.

What kind of activities might members undertake?

Members may select one or more key issues where concerted group action may be valuable, and undertake any of the following activities:

  • Share information and practices in a key area within the group
  • Create an article to heighten visibility, celebrate successes, and advance knowledge around key areas
  • Plan a webinar to deepen understanding of critical issues and engage in national discussions on hot topics (limit of 1 per year)
  • Collaborate on abstracts or presentation development Collaborate on a joint project or publicatio


How do I become a member?

  • Registration is only $55.00 ($30.00 for students)(per person, per group, per year)
  • The CASN membership year spans from July 2023 to June 2024

***Cancellation Policy: Interest group membership is non-refundable. CASN reserves the right to cancel any group activity that does not meet minimal group requirements.


Looking for more information?

Click here to read the CASN Nurse Educator Interest Group Terms of Reference (2023)
Still have questions? Contact our CASN Staff member, Sabiha Khazal at skhazal@casn.ca