In August 2018, the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) received funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada to conduct a project titled ‘Empowering the next generation of health care professionals with knowledge, skills, tools, and supports to address infectious disease related to climate change in Canada’. The project was carried out over the course of 30 months, concluding in March 2021.
The goal of this project is to increase the knowledge of the effects of climate-driven vector-borne infectious diseases on population health in Canada amongst nurse educators, and to foster the integration of this knowledge into Canadian nursing education programs. To achieve the project goal, the following objectives were carried out:
- Develop national, evidence-informed, consensus-based guidelines for nursing education to build nursing knowledge and capacity to engage in public health activities related to infectious diseases transmitted by insects and ticks that are emerging and/or expanding in Canada as a result of climate change.
- Create an e-resource to facilitate and foster the integration of the health effects of climate change and infectious diseases in schools of nursing across Canada.
5 modules, 37 Learning Objectives
The goals of this e-resource are to:
- Support the integration of learning outcomes within CASN’s Guidelines for Undergraduate Nursing Education on Climate-Driven Vector-Borne Disease into entry-level nursing curricula across the country.
- Provide faculty, students and practicing nurses with information, teaching and learning materials, and tools related to the education guidelines
- Impart the knowledge and skills to help build nursing capacity to work with populations whose health is, or may be, affected by climate change driven infectious diseases.
Faculty, students in entry level nursing programs, nurses in practice, and other health professionals
To support current and future nurses in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to work with individual clients, communities, and populations facing climate-driven infectious disease.
CASN/ACESI (Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing/Association canadienne des écoles de sciences infirmières) is the national voice for nursing education, research, and scholarship and represents baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in Canada.
The objectives of CASN/ACESI are:
To lead nursing education and nursing scholarship in the interest of healthier Canadians.
- Speaks for Canadian nursing education and scholarship
- Establishes and promotes national standards of excellence for nursing education
- Promotes the advancement of nursing knowledge
- Facilitates the integration of theory, research and practice
- Contributes to public policy
- Provides a national forum for issues in nursing education and research
CASN/ACESI is a bilingual organization.
CASN/ACESI is . . .
- a voluntary association
- representative of all universities and colleges which offer part or all of an undergraduate or graduate degree in nursing
- the official accrediting agency for university nursing programs in Canada
- a member of the Association of Accrediting Agencies of Canada (AAAC)
- a member of the Canadian Consortium for Research and the Network for the Advancement of Health Services Research
- associated with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
- a member of national and international networks for discussion of issues in higher education and nursing