Nursing - Affect the Culture you Work in

Oct 22, 2011

CL'cK Events Calendar

Title: Nursing - Affect the Culture you Work in

When: Oct. 25 2011 - Oct. 25 2011 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Where: Teleconference -


Are there aspects of your work environment that you think need to change? What is the role of nurses in improving the healthcare sector? What can you do, from where you are--is there anything?? If you're passionate about the work you do but feel that there are barriers that need to be talked about, then this is your chance to connect with nurses across the province to share and plan for the future.

Guest June Kaminski RN MSN PhD(c), currently teaching at Kwantlen Polytechnic University BSN Nursing Program, will share her experiences and views on how to affect nursing culture. She blogs at Nurse Activism and Nursing Informatics.

This is a community of practice meeting open to anyone interested in Learning and Leadership in the healthcare sector. Everyone is invited to participate in this teleconference! Registration is not required but will help us gauge your interest--so please register if you think you might attend (simply click on box below--make sure you've logged in first). If you have any comments or questions, email us.

To register:

Teleconferencing Bridge:

1-877-291-3022 (North America Toll Free)
604-681-0455 (Vancouver Local Access)
- Participant Code: 4797639 #

About the CL'cK Initiative

Connecting Learners with Knowledge (CL'cK) is an innovative approach to connecting front-line health care staff with the knowledge they need to improve outcomes for their clients.

The CL'cK initiative was developed to explore alternative and innovative ways of meeting the continuing and specialty education needs of nurses in BC, and is focused on overcoming the barriers that exist between frontline staff and the knowledge they require to meet the complex needs of their clients.

It is funded by the BC Health Education Fund and sponsored by the Provincial Home and Community Care Council - six Health Authorities are also participating in the pilot.
The project has four components:

Technology - The development of a personalized learning web site for clinician / learners through which relevant knowledge can be accessed and shared, programs can be accessed and on-line support from other clinician / learners can be provided.

Learning Facilitators - a role focused on supporting the clinician/ learner in acquiring the skills necessary to access relevant knowledge via the web site and apply that knowledge appropriately into their work setting.

Communities of Practice - establishing a network of practitioners who share an interest in the clinical competencies and skills necessary to practice and who shepherd the knowledge generated from their practice.

Supportive Learning Culture - supporting organizational leaders in developing a supportive learning culture within their workplace.

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Digital Activism in the Rainforest

Nov 11, 2009

Brazilian aboriginal

Searching for home on Google Earth was the spark that cacique (chief) Almir Surui needed to embark his tribe, the Paiter Surui, in a digital activism odyssey. The place that Almir and his tribe call home is the 7 de Setembro indigenous reserve, an area of about 250 thousand hectares located amidst the states of Rondōnia and Mato Grosso, in the Brazilian midwest.


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Cell Phone Radiation Science Review

Sep 26, 2009

More than 4 billion people around the world use cell phones (ITU 2009). Because cell phone technology has been around for just two decades, scientists do not yet fully understand long-term health risks from cell phone radiation. But recent research has prompted serious concerns about exposure to wireless emissions.

Recent studies link cell phone radiation to:

Brain cancer: Two research groups independently analyzed all data from 25 original studies of cell phone users, and identified a 50 to 90 percent increase in risk for two types of brain tumors: glioma and acoustic neuroma (Hardell 2009, Kundi 2009).

Salivary gland tumors: An Israeli study found an increased risk of 50 to 60 percent for salivary gland tumors among people with highest cell phone use (Sadetzki 2008).

Behavioral problems: A study of 13,159 Danish children showed 80 percent elevated risk for emotional and hyperactivity problems among young children who use cell phones and whose mothers also used cell phones during pregnancy (Divan 2008).

Migraines and vertigo: A study of 420,095 Danish adults showed that long-term cell phone users were 10 to 20 percent more likely to be hospitalized for migraines and vertigo than people who took up cell phones more recently. (Schuz 2009).

Cell Phones - Best and Worst



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Seize your own Destiny!

Sep 26, 2009

Aboriginal Leader Phil Fontaine was interviewed by the Globe and Mail on September 25th.


Phil Fontaine

“People are angry for a reason,” says Phil Fontaine, 64, the former national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. “Poverty is an onerous burden.”

Recent examples of what triggers that anger are easily found, such as Health Canada's shipment of dozens of body bags to remote Manitoba reserves hit by swine flu earlier this year. Native leaders had requested funding to organize their fight against H1N1 and to ensure preventive kits and medicine were at hand.

“Regardless of the inclusion of body bags sent to first nation communities and whether they may be part of normal medical supplies sent to nursing stations, the fact is that more effective planning is required. The minister has known for months that first nation peoples are at high risk due to unacceptable levels of poverty. First nations require full and immediate disclosure of the pandemic plan as this will reassure our people that our communities will be prepared to combat H1N1 this flu season,” Mr. Fontaine says.

Impoverished conditions and lack of opportunity continue to exist in many of the 663 aboriginal communities, he adds.

“The anger and frustration are most evident in our young people,” Mr. Fontaine says. “We have a young population – 50 per cent of our population is under the age of 25 – so we're looking at an incredible resource here with huge potential. The responsibility that we have together with government and the private sector is to harness this incredible energy into something positive.”

However, despite the latest controversy over body bags, Mr. Fontaine is encouraged by what he's witnessed in the past five years. He says that whenever native people have been given a fair chance to make a life for themselves, the results have been impressive, so he's optimistic that higher education will bring about change.

“Fifty years ago we might have had, at most, 10 first nations students in university in all of Canada. Today there are close to 30,000,” Mr. Fontaine says. “That speaks to the incredible talent, intelligence and genius that exists in our communities. It's important that they take every opportunity to make a life for themselves free from the burdens of poverty. It's a big challenge – not just for first nations youth but for all young people.”

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The Global Wake Up Call!

Sep 26, 2009

The Global Wake-Up Call Is here!

On 21 September 2009, at more than 2600 events in 135 countries across the globe, we joined together to issue a deafening wake-up call to world leaders on climate change. The breadth and creativity of events is breathtaking, and our message broke through to leaders and international media. Watch the video of highlights, then post a comment to the live blog below!


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Cancer Schmancer - A Movement worth your Attention and Support

Mar 28, 2009

Film and TV actress, Fran Drescher has initated an amazing movement to help women detect cancer in the early stages, and survive - just as she has! Fran is taking the media world by storm with her message and her website and use of social media!

Her main website is viewable at:

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