Message from the Director

Patricia_Marck27336Welcome to 2015 at our School of Nursing on UBC’s Okanagan Campus, where we provide BScN, MSN, and interdisciplinary PhD programs. Every year, some of our nursing faculty are recognized on the UBC Teaching Honour Roll which recognizes teachers in the top 10% of UBC student ratings, and our number of external student research awards is growing. There is a range of opportunities for students and post-doctoral fellows to work with talented faculty researchers on projects in health promotion, disease and injury prevention; healthy aging; aboriginal health; immigrant health; family nursing; chronic disease management, health, ethics, and diversity; health systems policy and management, quality and safety; and end of life care.

In addition to vital partnerships with our health region and our Okanagan communities, our students and faculty are active global citizens who work with colleagues in Ghana, Zambia, India, and other countries. We are particularly pleased with the new opportunities for student and faculty learning and research which have developed over the past year through our new partnerships with three of Brazil’s top nursing schools: the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, the Universidade de São Paulo in Ribeirão Preto, and the Universidade Federal Rio de Janeiro. Visit our Global Health page for more information.

This year, we will introduce transformational changes to our BSN and MSN programs. In May 2015, our flexible delivery MSN program begins with a ten day residency at our beautiful campus, followed by eLearning courses that enable graduate students to study where they live and work. Find more information on our full and part-time MSN study options for completing thesis research or a capstone project with a faculty supervisor. In September 2015, we will launch Year 1 of our revised BSN program which offers increased emphasis on intentional learning practice experiences, new inter-professional health care ethics curriculum, and senior specialty electives. We will also continue our Supportive Admission Program for Aboriginal students, inter-professional simulation education with Southern Medical Program students, and global health practicum opportunities that are hallmarks of our strong undergraduate nursing program. Find more information on our revised BSN.

Please take a few minutes to explore our website and get to know our academic community. Read our stories and visit our faculty home pages. Find out about opportunities for students and research colleagues at our Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention and our Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Health, Ethics & Diversity. We welcome your inquiries.

Patricia Marck, RN, PhD
Director, School of Nursing
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Strategic Priorities