Supporting Global Health Nursing Education Between Macewan University in Edmonton and Ternopil State Medical University

Students of the MacEwan Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program in vyshyvankas (embroidered shirts)

Yuri Konkin, Director URDC, MacEwan University.

Please join Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre (URDC) at MacEwan University (Edmonton, Alberta) in congratulating 20 students of the MacEwan Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, who have just completed their 3 weeks of intensive studies in Ukraine.

20 successful candidates have been selected out of 43 applicants!

The visit began with the customized orientation course provided by the School of Ukrainian Language and Culture at the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU), MacEwan’s partner university in Lviv.

Apart from learning conversational Ukrainian, the students also mastered medical terminology and visited several health care facilities in Lviv.

Numerous excursions, walking tours and the vyshyvanka workshop provided true immersion into Ukrainian history and culture, and the language instructors were amazing.

After the language and culture orientation, the students moved to Ternopil to take HLST – 400, Global Health Perspectives credit course, together with their peers from Ternopil State Medical University (TSMU).

Key themes of this course include: global health, global citizenship, equity and inclusion, The Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the influences of physical and social environments and policies on health and wellness.

The course was successfully co-delivered by Dr. Elizabeth Burges-Pinto (MacEwan), Christine Shumka (MacEwan) and four TSMU faculty: Hanna Saturska, Yuri Petrashyk, Natalia Petrenko, Natalia Haliyash.

“The course is great! It broadens the horizons of students and teachers, opens up their minds to better understand different cultures and perspectives. It helps appreciate the workings of public health, and diverse nursing roles in Canada and Ukraine. I believe there is a lot to gain from this program, and we will use this experience to get better at what we do,” – says Yuri Petrashyk.

Our special thanks go to senior administrators of the three partner universities, who provided ongoing support to this innovative educational initiative:

Vince Salyers, Dean of the Faculty of Nursing at MacEwan; Margaret Milner, Program Chair; Mykhailo Korda, Rector TSMU; Taras Dobko, First Vice Rector UCU; Svitlana Yastremska, Director Institute of Nursing, TSMU; Nazar Danylkiw, Director UCU School of Ukrainian Language and Culture; Galyna Protsyk, Director UCU International.

The students and the faculty are also grateful to the Ukrainian Foundation for College Education (UFCE) for its generous support of the program. Thank you!

MacEwan and TSMU plan to enhance the course with joint faculty and student research components in 2018-19.