Nursing Student Initiatives

Several programs and initiatives exist within B.C to support nursing students in their education and practice:

ARNBC Student Projects: ARNBC provides support for nursing students (individual or group) wishing to engage in projects related to professional nursing practice, policy and advocacy. Mentorship is provided in various areas including the dissemination of papers, political engagement, literature reviews, and multimedia tools.
See: http://www.arnbc.ca/networks/student-engagement/student-projects.php

ARNBC Student Blogs: The ARNBC blog was launched in the summer of 2011 and acts as a platform for nurses and nursing students to share their thoughts on the profession of nursing and healthcare system. Support is provided by ARNBC’s Director of Communications and Government Relations
See: http://www.arnbc.ca/networks/student-engagement/student-blogs.php
See: http://www.arnbc.ca/blog/about-arnbc-social-media-strategy/

Employed Student Nurse (ESN) Program: This program offers students the opportunity to work within a clinical setting, gaining hands on experience with pay. Registration with the CRNBC is mandatory for all nursing students employed as an ESN. Working as an ESN is not a requirement for the completion of a nursing education program, and is entirely voluntary.
See:

See each health authority for specific requirements:

Student Liaison Program: This program is offered by BC Nurses Union (BCNU) , with the goal of strengthening the relationship between nursing schools and BCNU’s elected leadership. The student liason program offers an opportunity for students to attend BCNU meetings and events, participate in union education, and brings students’ perspectives to the table.
See: https://www.bcnu.org/member-services/student-nurses/student-nurse-programs/student-liaison-program

Student Nurse in Action Program (SNAP): The SNAP program provides opportunities for students to observe nursing leaders in action at the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Board Meetings. Jointly funded by the Association of Registered Nurses of BC (ARNBC) and the Nursing Education Council of BC (NECBC), the program was successfully piloted in 2014, and received unanimous approval from both Boards to become a permanent program for B.C nursing students beginning in 2015.
See: http://www.arnbc.ca/networks/student-engagement/snap.php

Student Representative Program: A volunteer program offered by the CRNBC which provides nursing students the opportunity to learn about CRNBC standards of practice, gain an understanding of issues in professional nursing practice, and network. The program is offered across 18 different schools of nursing within the province and is supported by the education program, faculty and CRNBC Nursing Practice Advisor.
See: https://www.crnbc.ca/PracticeSupport/SRP/Pages/SRP.aspx

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