Nursing (BScN) Year 1 Entry
This full time program prepares graduates to become registered nurses providing nursing care autonomously and in collaboration with other health care professionals with people of all ages in a variety of settings – hospitals, communities, homes, clinics and residential facilities. The graduate will be prepared to plan, coordinate and provide care for individuals, families, groups and communities. The graduate is prepared to work in a complex, ever-changing health care system by the use of critical thinking skills and evidence-informed practice.
Graduates of the program are eligible to write the national registration exams, and to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse in British Columbia. Registration through the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia is required before employment as a RN in BC.
See the College of Registered Nurses website for more information on skills required to be a nurse.
Due to lengthy waitlist applications are currently closed.
Graduates of the program will have acquired the knowledge and ability to:
- Demonstrate professional responsibility and accountability for safe, compassionate, competent and ethical nursing care
- Use knowledge from the biological, behavioural and nursing sciences and related disciplines in the promotion, preservation and restoration of health.
- Apply a process of critical inquiry and evidence-informed practice to develop, deliver and evaluate holistic nursing care in multiple contexts.
- Demonstrate competency in professional judgement by applying ethical and legal principles to practice.
- Collaborate as a member of an interdisciplinary team within an evolving health care system.
- Establish partnerships with persons respecting experience, diversity and choice.
- Demonstrate self-regulation by developing and enhancing own competence.
This program is offered on a full-time basis. Each term must be successfully completed before the next one can be attempted. A major emphasis of this program is active student participation. Throughout the program faculty will encourage students to become increasingly more self-directed and responsible for their own learning. Students are expected to come to class well prepared for active participation in classroom and clinical activities.
All courses are presented in the form of learning packages. Learning activities guide the student through each package/module. The teacher acts as facilitator and expert to promote an environment conducive for learning through activities, such as guided discussion, debate, audio-visual presentation, and skill building exercises. The clinical component of the courses provides the learner with the opportunity to integrate practice and theory in a safe and caring way. This clinical practice encompasses a variety of supportive and healing measures.
Term 1 focuses on health promotion and prevention for individuals from infancy to adulthood. Effective communication skills, orientation to the practice of nursing and the process of health and healing are examined.
Term 2 focuses on adaptations to normal aging as well as support for the older person who experiences a need for nursing care, including the maintenance of medications.
Term 3 focuses on individuals of all ages who experience disruptions to health and healing and who require support in an acute care setting.
Term 4 focuses on the health promotion and illness prevention of the child and childbearing family. The process of health and healing in the context of the childbearing family are examined.
Term 5 focuses on individuals and families experiencing mental health transitions within residential and community settings.
Term 6 focuses on care of the individual and family who experience major disruptions to health and healing and require support in an acute care setting with follow-up in the community and home care.
Term 7 focuses on the health of populations as measured by the health status indicators and as influenced by social, political and physical environments, personal health practices, individual capacity and coping skills, human biology, early childhood development and accessibility of health services.
Term 8 is an extended consolidation of clinical practice at diverse sites.
Each term includes a clinical experience related to the particular client population. There are consolidated clinical experiences at the end of Terms 2, 4 and 6 which will reinforce the learning that has taken place over two terms.
Classes are generally held 8:30 am – 3:30 pm, Monday – Friday. Practicums are 2 days a week, weekdays or weekends, from 6:30 am – 1:30 pm, or 6:30 am – 3:30 pm, or 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm (class times are subject to change).
The BScN degree program is 8 terms and should be completed in three (3) years. There is a possibility of extending the period of time for completion up to seven (7) years due to extenuating circumstances with appropriate consultation with Department Head or Dean.
Evaluation of Student Learning
StudentsвЂ™ progress in both the classroom and the clinical setting will be evaluated. Theoretical concepts may be evaluated through multiple choice exams, case studies and written assignments. The format of courses gives students, opportunities to practice thinking and acting like successful professional nurses. Therefore, professional conduct is expected in all theory, lab and clinical courses. Assessment of clinical practice will be based on mid-term and final evaluations.
Evaluation of Student Learning
StudentsвЂ™ progress in both the classroom and the clinical setting will be evaluated. Theoretical concepts may be evaluated through multiple choice exams, case studies and written assignments. Assessment of clinical practice will be based on mid-term and final evaluations.