Nurse training

Nurse training

Religious, spiritual, and non-religious patients:

Cultural competency & self-care for nurses

Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 09:00 to 16:00

6 Garamond Court, Toronto

*Postponed to a later date*

Due to the full day public school teacher strike across Ontario on Feb 21, and the continuously unpredictable changes related to the COVID-19 virus, this training is being postponed to a later date.

If you would like to be informed directly of the updated date change, please email Alice at

Or, if you would like this training in your region, hospital, or clinic, please connect with Alice too.

Thank you.


About this event: 

This one-day workshop introduces the religious literacy framework – a set of practical skills and knowledge that can help nurses approach the tensions they may experience with religious, spiritual and non-religious patients and their families. It was developed based on survey feedback from 43 nurses in the GTA across 5 different hospitals.

By discussing various lived-case scenarios, this interactive workshop can help nurses understand personal perspectives that enable them to better engage with religious, spiritual, and non-religious patients and their families. Specifically, we will discuss the three potentially different perspectives (patient, patient family, and nurse) that converge, which can make situations related to religious, spiritual, and non-religious worldviews difficult. In doing so, we relate this aspect of identity that is often missing in cultural competency development with other aspects of identity, such as race and gender.

Our facilitators uniquely offer perspectives from the nursing environment alongside research knowledge on religious literacy to offer the understanding and knowledge that can better prepare nurses for their work. A certificate of completion will be provided to all attendees.

After completing this workshop, nurses will be able to better apply the following skills in their daily work:

  • Reframe their thinking to better engage with patients and/or their family, by understanding the content and skills related to the religious literacy framework
  • Understand how to balance their own religious, spiritual, and non-religious perspective to that of their patients and/or their family
  • Practically apply the RNAO “Embracing Cultural Diversity in Health Care: Developing Cultural Competence” Guidelines, specially related to religious, spiritual, and non-religious diversity
  • Helps nurses meet their learning and practice improvement activity per CNO quality assurance requirements
  • Understand the mechanisms that protect them from harm due to their own religious, spiritual, or non-religious affiliation


Miwa Sakakibara-Nguyen, RN, MN. Miwa is an ICU nurse with over 10+ years of experience in a Toronto Area Hospital. She has also instructed pre-service nurses for Ryerson University, George Brown, Trent University, and Centennial College for 10+ years.


W. Y. Alice Chan, MT, PhD, OCT. Alice is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Centre for Civic Religious Literacy. She is an Ontario Certified Teacher with a Masters in Teaching. Her PhD in Education is in the area of religious literacy and religious bullying, related to her broader research background on religious discrimination and belonging, areas in which she has 20+ publications. She brings her teaching, research expertise, and personal experience with the Greater Toronto Area hospital system to the workshop.


If you have any questions please contact Alice at

Cost: $75 CAD

Cost for students:  $40 CAD – To be eligible for student pricing, please email Alice ( with the email title “Student-nurse training” and an image of your student card. She will send you a separate link to pay for the workshop.

Refreshments will be provided in the morning and afternoon. A 1-hour lunch period is allotted for registrants to bring lunch or go out to purchase it.

Workshop capacity: 18 participants

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