The Canadian province of New Brunswick has granted new conditional designations to two institutions for delivering accredited nursing programs. In another press release, New Brunswick announced a new education model to support participants working part-time in the healthcare system which could result in more licensed practical nurses (LPN) and registered nurses (RN).
The new initiatives strengthening the healthcare infrastructure in New Brunswick come at a time when Canada is dependent on foreign-skilled immigration to support its economy and demographic shocks of the aging workforce and prevalent low birth rate.
Beal University and Oulton College in New Brunswick are chosen institutions to deliver bachelor of science in nursing programs in the maritime province. Additionally, the provincial government has allocated about $13.3 million for the Step Up to Nursing pilot project over two years.
“Granting conditional approvals for these programs is critical to addressing the emerging demand for nurses and will help both institutions to adequately plan and promote these programs,” said Post-Secondary Education, Training, and Labour Minister Trevor Holder.
“This initiative is proof of the creativity and collaboration required to increase the number of nursing graduates. This work-study program will allow people to acquire professional training while having a stable income and working here, in New Brunswick,” remarked Denis Prud’homme, Université de Moncton president and vice-chancellor following the announcement of the new education model.
The conditional designation will only allow the two institutions to publicly promote their intentions to offer a nursing program and restrict them from enrolling eligible students until further notice from the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC).
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Good Chance for International Students in New Brunswick.
Beal University and Oulton College in New Brunswick offer accredited programs directly related to shortages in the labor market in the areas of business, health science, information technology, and human services.
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Government Efforts to Support Internationally Educated Nurses in New Brunswick
As per the latest announcement, the Step Up to Nursing initiative will support participants working part-time in the healthcare system while completing one of two program streams:
- from personal support worker (PSW) to LPN
- from LPN to Registered Nurse (RN).
The initiative will be offered in the New Brunswick cities of Saint John and Bathurst. The program will have an initial uptake of 104 participants this fall.
The existing government’s efforts to support the recruitment and training of nurses include:
- Establishing navigation services for internationally educated nurses.
- Signing 10-year performance-based agreements with Université de Moncton and the University of New Brunswick to increase the number of nursing graduates by 85 per year.
- Increasing the number of seats for bridging programs that help licensed practical nurses apply directly to a bachelor of nursing program.
- Doubling the seats in the University of New Brunswick’s master’s program for nurse practitioners.
- Increasing educational opportunities through a partnership with Beal University in Maine.
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