February 28, 2018 at 9:36 am MST #3974
I have a question regarding the nursing program. The LPN-BN program with AU has gone through some changes recently, as well as over the last few years. Some of these changes have affected our clinical requirements and process to register for them. As a nursing student, who is graduating this year, I would like to see someone who will stand up for the nursing program today and continue to do so in the future.
How will you connect with nursing students and bridge the communication between nursing students and faculty? How can we reach out to you? Can you share what you know about the nursing program with AU and how you will advocate for this program?
Thank you all for running to represent the students, I can see the sincere effort to support students and make AU the best it can be.
February 28, 2018 at 11:13 am MST #3976
I’m enrolled in the communications program at Athabasca, so I’ll admit the nursing program is a bit of a foreign department to me. I’ll be new to governance too, if elected. But that doesn’t mean I won’t advocate for you or your concerns.
I understand how important communications and student engagement is. In fact, it’s the campaign I am running on. I’ll be using the app to engage with students, and my virtual door is always open. I will always bring up student concerns to the council table and see what I can do to find a resolution to your issue/concern.
You can contact me by adding me as friend on the student app – look for Christine Hudder.
You can email me – christinehudder[at]gmail[dot]com
Thanks for your question and I wish you the best in the future!
February 28, 2018 at 12:28 pm MST #3980
I appreciate that your virtual door is always open, as that is important to me as a student and helps to keep communication flowing between everyone. Thank you for your quick reply, and all the best in the election!
February 28, 2018 at 1:17 pm MST #3984
I am not a nursing student myself, but I understand the value and significance of the program. Nurses fulfill an important role in society and I will certainly support them in their studies.
Prior to embarking on my journey of advocating for nursing students, I will do proper research into the program to understand how the program is laid out, as well as what concerns the students have. For example, one of the other nursing students complained that the program takes longer than at some other institutions – I intend to investigate that claim, find out why it is like that and, if possible, advocate for it to improve.
Facilitating communications is one of the things that I intend to work on, for all programs and faculties.
I am usually hanging out on the student app, so reaching out to me is normally quite easy.
All the best in your studies.
February 28, 2018 at 1:35 pm MST #3987
I am grateful that you posted this question. I think that your specific question opens up a larger topic. I was an executive at the time of the retroactive nursing changes and me along with the rest of our executive and council fought against the changes. It is really important for me to stand up for the needs of our members.
The larger topic is that council should be aware of the students in all faculties. I know that for myself I am a part of many different faculty specific Facebook groups and I monitor them so that I can engage with students and identify concerns that they have. This way I am able to speak to AU about not my concerns but our member’s concerns. I also spend a lot of time on our app and I encourage students to reach out to me either by email, facebook, or the app.
Thank you for your question and for taking the time to be engaged in the election process
February 28, 2018 at 1:59 pm MST #3993
I believe all programs deserve equal representation and my job as a councilor would be sure all students voices are heard. This demonstrates that AU is very diverse and member engagement is essential. As it would not be possible to have representation from all disciplines it is imperative that students are comfortable to approach AUSU and council members. We cannot work on a problem if we are not aware of it.
I was not aware of issues within the nursing program, but now that I am aware of it, if elected to council I would like to create a dialogue with nursing students. This would provide me the opportunity to gain clarity on the situation.
I will be an advocate for all students in all programs.
February 28, 2018 at 5:38 pm MST #3996
This is something that I have experience with as an executive. We started to see and hear about the retroactive changes that were happening at the university, and went through the challenges that I was faced with in trying to get the university to rectify their mistakes. I am familiar with the program from all the nursing students that I have spoken to, as well as the research that I have done when this problem first arose. I will definitely continue to speak for all the students at AU in whatever capacity that I am needed.
I hope to be able to hear from students of all faculties about how their programs are going and any issues that are arising from them. I can be reached anytime either through email or on social media. Any discussions or complaints that are sent to me, I take seriously and follow up on them.
Thanks for the question.
March 2, 2018 at 3:43 pm MST #4003
Thanks for your question Kristine!
I looked through some of the comments on the app regarding the nursing program, and scoured through AUSU minutes to get a better grasp on the specifics of this issue. Firstly, instituting retroactive changes to programs will always be challenging, particularly in an environment like AU where students are not necessarily on the same program timeline. I think it’s important for members of student council to have a broad understanding of all of the programs that are available at AU so that they can effectively advocate for students in regards to any changes proposed by the university. In addition to this general understanding of programs, I think it is important for council members to actively reach out to members of the campus community to understand their challenges and successes in regards to their schooling. This can be accomplished through the student app, the in-person meet-and-greet sessions, through Facebook groups, and other communication tools. Once we have direct student feedback, then we would be able to determine how best to advocate with the university and staff.
Thanks again, and congratulations on finishing your studies soon!
March 4, 2018 at 10:49 am MST #4006
Thank you for your question Kristine!
I will admit that I do not know a great deal about the nursing program. However, since you have experienced issues with the program I will do what I can to be an advocate for nursing students.
I am not sure I would be the best fit to take this issue on solely, so this is something I would want to research and bring forth to council in order to discuss what steps could be taken.
This could mean reaching out to nursing students and gathering information, research, and approaching AU with concerns.
Hope you have a great day,
March 4, 2018 at 12:04 pm MST #4008
I am not to familiar with the nursing program and changes that took place:however, my sister completed her Bachelor’s in the Athabasca nursing program , and what I am all to familiar with is how nurses have the highest and some important demands while being some of the most unapperciated workers and students.
Anything involving nursing is a subject that hits me close to home just for the impact it has on my sister and believing nurses do some of the most important work , if elected I will try to make my sister proud and advocate for this program as much as possible and keep open communication’s with the nursing program members
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