Aug 3, 2021
I think everyone would be in agreement that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many things. One of the primary things would be how valuable our healthcare system is. Frontline workers around the world stepped up their role when the pandemic hit and have continued to do so over the past 18 months.
They are showing up, putting on brave faces, and putting in long hours. They have continually adapted to the situation by changing how they provide care, continually revising schedules and care plans, and even repurposing facilities when needed, all while continuing to demonstrate care and compassion to their patients. I would say that the Dumont Technical Institute’s (DTI) healthcare students have also done the same.
Being enrolled in healthcare training during the pandemic was not an easy journey. Our students and staff did an incredible job of adjusting to online learning overnight on top of many other obstacles. Obstacles included new ways of learning, several schedule revisions, many clinical changes, required isolations, and learning new technology to ensure they could successfully maintain their studies. The perseverance and determination we have seen from our Practical Nursing and Continuing Care Assistant (CCA) students throughout the past 18 months is something our students and staff should be so proud of.
Métis healthcare workers are a vital part of today’s healthcare team. Within the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), it is important that healthcare workers represent the communities they serve in a variety of settings including, long-term care facilities and acute care settings. Métis healthcare workers at DTI are trained to provide proper client care in a culturally reaffirming way and are culturally sensitive to the needs of the Indigenous clients and community. Having this cultural awareness and training helps patients feel at ease during their experience.
DTI is proud of all its healthcare students. Our students have very worked hard this past year and overcame many challenges. We are happy to report that despite these challenges, our students continued to have successful outcomes. This year, DTI graduated 26 CCA students and 31 Practical Nursing students. Congratulations to all 2021 graduates!
Healthcare workers make a positive difference in the health and well-being of individuals, their families, and our communities. We know our new DTI graduates are not only going to make a positive impact on the patients they care for; but also will be able to build a brighter future for themselves and their families thanks to their education.