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Langara nursing students bring national conference to Western Canada

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Langara nursing students are proud to play host to the 43rd annual Canadian Nursing Students’ Association (CNSA) national conference – the first time the conference has ever been held in BC.

The event will take place January 22 to 25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver, and over 700 nursing students from across Canada are expected to attend. Student delegates from Langara’s School of Nursing won the bid to host the conference after organizing the largest CNSA Western/Prairie Regional conference in history in 2012.

“Our conference theme this year is Envision. Create. Innovate,” said Tina Tieu, Langara nursing student and CNSA director. “This concept nurtures the ongoing effort to spark change and transitions in nursing. Our goal is to empower nursing students to create an impact in their communities, both nationally and internationally.”

The conference will focus on societal issues such as transgender health, cultural competence and aboriginal health, what men bring to the role of nursing, and the inception of nurse practitioners into the health care system. Conference participants will share innovative projects, practices, and research.

“I am very proud of our students for bringing this conference to Vancouver,” said Janine Lennox, the Chair of Langara’s School of Nursing. “The Western and Prairie Regional conference in October 2012 was an incredible experience, and the experience of organizing this national conference strengthens future nursing leadership capacity for improved health care for British Columbians.”

The Canadian Nursing Students’ Association has over 25,000 members and is an affiliate member of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), as well as several other nursing organizations within Canada. The CNSA represents the interests of nursing students to federal, provincial, and international governments, and to other nursing and health care organizations.

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