Bow Valley lures new nurses with flexible schedules
candice ward/for metro calgary
The critical shortage of health care professionals in Alberta has some post-secondary institutions trying alternative methods to attract students.
Bow Valley College opened the doors of their open house yesterday in attempts to recruit students into studies such as the practical nurse program.
“I think post-secondaries need to fit their offerings to students’ lifestyles for post-secondaries to survive,” said Dr. Rina Shimoni, Dean of Health and Community Care at Bow Valley College.
Bow Valley College is committed to offering students flexible schedules and fast-tracked programs in order to meet the industry demand.
The Practical Nursing program is a two-year diploma program with a guaranteed change for employment upon graduation.
“There is no difference in the quality and the content, it is just a different path to get there,” said Dr. Shimoni.
This course has expanded the number of seats in the full-time program and also have three intakes a year, one in September, January and also one in May.
Health care professionals can breathe a sign of relief as this program will assist in getting more graduates out into the work force sooner.
Students can choose to opt out of a summer break and be out in the workforce in as little as 17 months.
Students who attended the open house yesterday enjoyed the interactive triage centre set up by the program.
“It is great and interesting for those who want this type of career,” said Seyed Ares, a Grade 12 student at Forest Lawn High School.