Thursday, November 21, 2013

New website

PRIMED is pleased to announce our new website!

After weeks of professional design by our webmaster and advertiser we believe we have a new website that is clean, crisp and more user friendly. We've incorporated new images and student testimonials to the site.
We've also added our spring 2014 CRNE workshop to our Courses and Registration page.
Check it out at

Please note you may need to clear your cache to see the new site if you have visited our old site in the past.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Upstream Thinking

As a nursing student I’m sure you’ve at least HEARD of the Social Determinants of Health. Even if it was WAY back in semester 1 like it was for me. Recently, a physician in Saskatoon reminded me of the importance of these social determinants in a presentation. His name is Dr. Ryan Meili and he even wrote a book about them! This was an amazing talk to listen to, and it really got me thinking about what we can and should be doing as nurses for our patients both in and out of acute care. Obviously the idea with upstream thinking is to catch people before they end up in acute care, however there are still health promotion and disease prevention strategies that we can be using for those acute care patients. Even if in clinical you feel like you don’t have the time, TRY to remember even one teaching item that could help this person once they leave. At the very least ensure you give them some resources to access once they are back in community. Nurses are one of the most trusted professions! Imagine the impact your words have on patients and how your two minutes of teaching on lower glycemic food choices can affect this person’s ability to manage their disease and thereby live a longer and healthier life! For more information about upstream thinking check out