Rigorous training and Christ-centred
compassion converge in TWU’s School of Nursing
In the children’s ward at the Salvation Army Hospital at
Chikankata Mission in rural Zambia, a five-year-old burn
victim cries in pain as his wound dressing is changed.
Around an old iron bed in the sparsely furnished ward,
several ;;; nursing students blow bubbles and sing silly
songs to help take his mind off his discomfort. The boy’s
eyes wrinkle at the corners, his tears stop, and his mouth
curves into a smile. Soon, he’s laughing at the antics of the
strangers from Canada.
Distraction, or play therapy, is often used in conjunction
with pharmaceutical treatments for pain management in
North America. But in Zambia, where resources—including
pain medications—are scarce, the technique proved a
valuable tool for the group of ;; students who, along with,
assistant professors Heather Meyerhoff, ;;;, and Darlane
Pankratz, ;;;, were able to demonstrate its effectiveness to
Zambian nursing students during their travel study trip.
TWU’s nursing program is the only
faith-based program in Canada.
For Kelly Schooten, who participated in the trip as a
nursing student, the three-week course was an incredible
opportunity. “I learned a great deal about community
development, stewardship of resources, and joy in serving the
Lord,” she says.
In addition to serving at the hospital, students assisted in
rural areas, where they helped with immunization clinics,
and facilitated educational clinics on ;;;/;;;;, malaria,
tuberculosis, simple first-aid, and pre- and neo-natal care. A
number volunteered at Muka Buumi Clinic—Chikankata’s
;;;/;;;; outpatient clinic.
In many countries, including Zambia, there is a stigma
attached to ;;;/;;;; patients. “They receive only the most
basic care,” says Pankratz. “But we teach our students to
regard each human being as God’s creation, and make a
covenant to care for patients—mind, body, and spirit—as
Since its inception in ;;;;, ;;;’s nursing program has
turned out well-rounded, caring graduates—highly sought
after by employers.
“This is the Lord’s school,” says nursing professor
Landa Terblanche, Ph.D., “and the fulfillment of the long-
term dream of many people. The School houses ;;;’s
undergraduate and graduate nursing degrees, with several
The only faith-based program in Canada, the Master of
Science in Nursing program emphasizes spiritual-intellectual
integration, offers a mixed-delivery format—two campus-
based courses followed by online courses, and includes
a one-week health policy course at ;;;’s Laurentian
Leadership Centre in Ottawa.
Exciting programs, coupled with the sense of community
and vision for excellence in education and scholarship, draw
not only quality students but also top-notch faculty members
to the University. “Faculty members often feel a sense
of calling to this place—that there’s something they can
uniquely contribute,” says Sonya Grypma, Ph.D., Dean of
the School of Nursing.
In addition to quality instruction, students benefit from
early clinical placements—typically in the second semester of
the first year—through which they gain valuable, hands-on
experience in a number of settings, from hospitals to schools,
to an innovative opportunity with the Kwantlen First Nation
Reserve. These early placements result in students who are
confident in a variety of clinical settings.
“Employers of our graduates often say, ‘I don’t know what
you’re doing at ;;;, but whatever it is, keep doing it,’ ” says
Terblanche. “With our small class sizes, we’re able to focus