Building the Scholarship of Technology in Health: Extending the Use of Remote Presence Telementoring to Nursing Education

By Janet McCabe, Lorna Butler, Heather Exner-Pirot, Lois E. Berry, Carol Bullin, Hope Bilinski, Mary Ellen Andrews, Anna Pacik, Mark Tomtene and Amy Wright.

Published by Journal of Technologies and Human Usability

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There are numerous challenges to health improvement in northern and remote communities. Progress could be aided by better informed public policy that provides health education and more comprehensive health care to northerners where they live. Advances in technology, including better Internet connectivity to rural and remote areas and experimentation with telehealth applications, are making distributed learning more feasible. A team of international, innovation leaders in health-related telementoring met to build a network of scholarship to parallel and support technological advances in health. This paper outlines how remote presence telementoring can enhance the education of health professionals and the health of populations in rural and remote geographical areas. The ideas presented are the results of a meeting held to disseminate knowledge and inform policy in an advancing field of technology in health education.

Keywords: Remote, Technology, Indigenous, Nursing, Health

Journal of Technologies and Human Usability, Volume 11, Issue 4, December 2015, pp.15-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: November 30, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 611.982KB)).

Dr. Janet McCabe

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Dr. Lorna Butler

Dean, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

In 2007 my present role began as the Dean at the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan and subsequent reappointment for five years. In 2013 I became the Coordinator, Northern Saskatchewan Health & Wellness Research for the International Centre for Northern Governance & Development at the U of S.

Dr. Heather Exner-Pirot

Strategist for Outreach and Indigenous Engagement, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Lois E. Berry

Associate Dean, North and North Western Saskatchewan Campus and Associate Professor of Rural and Remote Engagement, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada

Her experience includes teaching and administrative positions in nursing education and senior level administrative experience in a post secondary setting. She currently serves as a member of a national acccreditation team for nursing education programs in Canada. She has held positions in professional associations at a local, provincial and national level.

Dr. Carol Bullin

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Dr. Hope Bilinski

Associate Dean, Central Saskatchewan Saskatoon Campus, College of Nursing Assistant Professor of Academic Health Sciences, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Dr. Mary Ellen Andrews

Acting Associate Dean, North and North-Western Saskatchewan Campus, Rural and Remote Engagement, and Director and Assistant Professor of the Nurse Practitioner Program, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Anna Pacik

College of Nursing Relations Officer, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Mark Tomtene

Director of Information and Communications Technology, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Amy Wright

Research Assistant, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada