Opening a dialogue on indigenous health care – Winnipeg Free Press

Nurses need to hear “the indigenous voice,” University of Manitoba nursing students were told Monday.

British Columbia nursing professor Lisa Bourque Bearskin, who teaches at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, said nurses need to acknowledge indigenous patients may have a different perspective on hospitals and the care they receive.

She delivered the Margaret Elder Hart Distinguished Visitor lecture on Monday as part of Nursing Week activities at the Helen Glass School of Nursing. Until now, most institutions, including universities, haven’t grasped the depth of differences that exist for many indigenous people living in Canada, she said.

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