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Collaborative event brings healthcare students from all disciplines together

2015-02-03, 9:05 AM

When graduates from St. Lawrence College’s Health Sciences programs go out into the workforce, they’ll be engaging with professionals from a diverse range of disciplines in their daily routines on the job.

To help prepare students for the professional world, St. Lawrence College, with funding from the Student Association, is holding a day of collaboration and learning for a selection of 350 students from the spectrum of healthcare programs at the college’s Kingston campus. The event, called The SLC Healthcare Neighborhood, will be held on February 4, 2015.

The students are selected from various years of our programs in Health Information Management, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Pre-Health Sciences, Practical Nursing, Medical Laboratory Science, Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician, and Fitness and Health Promotion. Students will be given “passports” to use to circulate amongst information booths that outline the various  disciplines delivered at SLC Kingston and how they may work together in a health care setting to create better outcomes for patients and clients.  Students will also have an opportunity to contribute to a collaborative quilt by leaving their own message on their quilt patch. The quilt will then be assembled by a faculty team and displayed at future events.

Since 2009, SLC has held different types of inter-professional events for healthcare students, according to Robin McAvoy, coordinator of the Medical Laboratory Science program and workshop team member. The exposure to different healthcare professions is a critical piece of their education.

“Research shows that in a variety of health care settings patient outcomes are much better when the entire health care team, from the primary care workers to those quite removed from direct patient care or those workers who may be working outside the hospital setting, respect and acknowledge the roles of one another,” she said. “As students, it’s important to instill this philosophy while they’re here learning, with the hope that they’ll take these important ideals with them into their careers.”

The SLC Healthcare Neighborhood
A collaborative event for health students
Wednesday Feb. 4, 2015
11:30 am – 3:30 pm Davies Hall

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About St. Lawrence College

With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario with a close-knit community of 7,000 full-time students, and more than 80,000 proud alumni. Hundreds are also enrolled in our online and continuing education courses each year. As part of our ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College boasts more than 1,600 rooftop solar modules on our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. The college has many Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 350 organizations grow and prosper. Through our Employment Service offices we work with thousands of clients annually.

For information:
Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291
Cell: 613-329-2451