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First Nations & Chronic Care

​​​Second FNHA Northern Nursing Conference​

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More than 100 nurses attended the Northern Nursing Conference last week in Prince George. Organized by the amazing FNHA Nursing Team, the event saw participants from across the North--FNHA, Northern Health and Band nurses--come together to hear about First Nations and Chronic Disease in our region.

Our I​ndigenous world view was woven throughout the conference beginning with a welcome to Lheidhli T'enneh territory, songs by the Khast'an drummers, a presentation by Carla Lewis on Traditional Wellness and Chronic Conditions, and an opportunity for presenters and participants to focus primarily on understanding the cultures of First Nations. Many nurses had never experienced traditional healing. Four women from Nakazdli, the Adah Dene Healing Society, provided half hour sessions and comments from those who attended were very personal and moving.

This is the second nurses conference that the FNHA has hosted. The agenda featured a mix of clinical and social topics related to chronic care, including Trauma Informed Care, Medicinal Cannabis and Chronic Care, Mental Health as a Chronic Condition, Occupational Critical Incident Stress Management and Nursing Culture, Behavioural Diabetes, Palliative Care, and Diabetic Foot Care and Wound Care Products.

Some of the biggest take aways were: a better understanding of caring for First Nations patients in a culturally safe way, while providing trauma-informed care; and recognizing that nurses are often in need of self-care themselves. As both the conference and Nursing Week wound down, we take this opportunity to say a heartfelt "Thank You" to these outstanding professionals.​

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