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Practical nurse training program will boost local seniors care

Campbell River is training the next generation of practical nurses, thanks to a federal grant.

Discovery Community College is now offering an accelerated Practical Nurse Access Training program, which will allow 10 students with prior health care training to upgrade to practical nursing.

The grant is administered by the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) and comes through the Canada-BC Workforce Development Agreement. BCCPA CEO Terry Lake says the program will help address the shortage of practical nurses, especially in seniors care.

“The demographics of British Columbia, and particularly Vancouver Island, are such that we absolutely have to gear up the opportunities to provide care for older British Columbians, and we need the workforce to do that,” he said.

The program has the support of several seniors homes in the Comox Valley, as well as Island Health and the City of Campbell River.

Training starts on February 19, visit the BCCPA website for more information.


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