Fourth-year nursing students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University discussed the challenges of change with B.C. cabinet minister Stephanie Cadieux on Nov. 20 at the Langley campus.
"Even as an elected politician, initiating change doesn't come easily," said Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development, "so I want to impress upon the students that, while one person can be the force of change, it is also a process that requires buy-in from one's peers, the public, and the law."
Every semester, KPU nursing instructor Dr. Balbir Gurm invites politicians, both government and opposition, to discuss the challenges of change in government.
Student have the opportunity to learn about government process, and to share ideas for improving societal health.
"Almost every facet of society can influence health," said Gurm, "but the two most highly correlated determinants are education and socioeconomic status."
Gurm added, "Since Minister Cadieux has held the portfolio for social development and now is Minister of Children and Family Development, it is fitting for students who work with non-profit volunteer women's organizations and homeless people to offer their perspectives and be part of civil engagement."
KPU's nursing practice course allows students to explore ways to influence and create change for the promotion of societal health.
Through the course, students examine the culture, power, and politics of leadership and organizations.