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Nursing Education Design Summit

Mentoring to lead in long-term care

This event will bring together stakeholders in the long-term care sector (LTC) to understand and envision the role of the RN and design a mentorship program to prepare and recruit nursing students to careers in LTC. It also provides an opportunity to identify potential LTC organizations to partner in this initiative.

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3 - 4 p.m. | Check in and registration

4 - 5:30 p.m. | Design Summit Orientation

6 - 9 p.m. | Partnership and Networking Dinner: Kingswood Lodge. Dinner to start at 7 p.m.

7:30 - 8:45 a.m. | Breakfast

8:45 - 10:15 a.m. | Working Session

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. | Break

10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Working Session

12:15 - 1 p.m. | Lunch

1 - 2:15 p.m. | Working Session

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. | Break

2:30 - 4 p.m. | Working Session

Keynote speaker

Dr. Rose McCloskey

Dr. Rose McCloskey, RN is a Professor in the Department of Nursing & Health Sciences, Director of the UNB Simulation Lab located at Loch Lomond Villa and an adjunct Associate Professor at the Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick.

Originally from Cape Breton, some of her research interests include improving care for older adults, addressing workforce challenges in long-term care and enhancing mentorship for nursing students.

Dr. McCloskey is certified in gerontological nursing and is passionate about enhancing the experiences of nursing students through strategies including mentorship to encourage careers in long-term care.

Participant preparation

To maximize our time together, we invite participants to review the following materials in preparation for our work sessions and dialogue. The task before us has the potential to change how students view nursing in long-term care (LTC).

The idea of the Design Summit is innovative in bringing leaders from nursing administration, practice and education together, so we can map a pathway for the future of nursing practice in LTC. In recognition of the time commitment, you are giving to support this initiative, the following resources have been chosen to help stimulate ideas. We hope you will review these materials in advance of the Design Summit and consider:

  • How nursing education could contribute to transforming seniors care in our changing healthcare system.
  • What a career pathway for seniors’ care might look like to attract nursing students.
  • What strengths your setting has and could contribute to transforming the role of the Registered Nurse in New Brunswick; and
  • Given the strengths of existing strategies used to recruit and retain nursing students to your setting, what gaps may exist.


In preparation for the Design Summit, many resources provide valuable information surrounding existing clinical programs, policy, standards and competencies relative to the care of seniors in nursing practice. They may be of interest for your ongoing work.

Relevant to New Brunswick: RNs in Nursing Homes: Accepting the Challenge and Reaping the Rewards (3 pages)

In this short article, Dr. McCloskey discusses the role of the RN in LTC in New Brunswick.

Innovative Partnership: Preparing Tomorrow's Nursing Home Nurses: The Wisconsin Long-Term Care Clinical Scholars Program (17 pages)

This article provides an example of a joint university-LTC program designed to help prepare and recruit nursing students to careers in LTC.

Student Engagement in Long-Term Care within a Canadian Context: PREP LTC: Building Capacity for Clinical Placements in Long-Term Care (4.5 min)

This video provides an example of a program launched in Ontario to assist LTC homes with building sustainable, high quality clinical placement programs.

Suggested activity: Listening to Nurses about Careers in LTC

If possible ask a nurse or nurses in your LTC home 4 questions found on the linked form. Record key points together and bring this form with you to the Summit.

Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association. (2020). Gerontological nursing standards of practice and competencies, 4th ed. Toronto, ON.

Canadian Nurse Educators Institute (2024). Preceptor-mentor training program.

Canadian Partnership Against Cancer & Health Canada. (2021). The Canadian interdisciplinary palliative care competency framework. Toronto, ON.

McCloskey, R., Donovan, C., & MacDonald, E. (2018). RNs in nursing homes: Accepting the challenge and reaping the rewards. Info Nursing, 35-37.

Nurses’ Association of New Brunswick (2020). Entry-level competencies (ELCs) for the practice of registered nurses in New Brunswick.

Nolet, K. et al. (2014). Preparing tomorrow’s nursing home nurses: The Wisconsin long term care clinical scholars' program. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 36(4), 396-415.

Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care. (June 4, 2023). PREP LTC: Building capacity for clinical placements in LTC. Ontario CLRI.

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (2024). Nursing student and preceptor long-term care program.


  • Radisson Kingswood Hotel & Suites (working sessions on May 9 & 10): 41 Kingswood Way, Hanwell, NB E3C 2L4
  • Kingswood Lodge (May 9 Dinner): 31 Kingswood Park, Fredericton, NB E3C 2L4
  • Accommodations: Radisson Kingswood Hotel & Suites