After graduating from NIC's nursing program in 2010, Tom Thomas took a position as a rehabilitation nurse in Nova Scotia before becoming a street nurse in Port Alberni and the Comox Valley. He was one of the founding members of NIC's Global Learning Initiative, which enables nursing and human service students to provide care in remote communities. "When I tell other nurses about my experience, their jaws drop," he said. "I got to work in First Nations' communities, help nurses in Nepal and address social justice issues. I cannot imagine being able to do those things anywhere else. NIC instructors were fantastically supportive..."
Nursing and Human Services Students Go Global
NIC’s Global Learning Initiative is a student-driven project that creates partnerships with local communities and individuals to foster awareness of global issues. Students and faculty have travelled to Uganda, Nepal, Mozambique, Rivers Inlet, and Kingcome Inlet. Every year, nursing and human services students learn about remote Aboriginal and global communities through personal experience. For more information, contact RaeAnn Hartman at 250-334-5066
Explore Nursing at NIC
Tour NIC's simulated nursing labs and find out how students learn to treat patients before they get hired in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program video.
For a look into NIC's practical nursing classrooms in Port Alberni view the online news story by Shaw TV Port Alberni.
NIC's Nursing Programs
Accredited with Top Honours
NIC's Practical Nursing diploma was honoured by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of British Columbia (CLPNBC) in February 2016, receiving a five year accreditation.
In May 2013, NIC’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program received a seven-year accreditation from the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) board, the longest term awarded. In 2015, they also received accreditation from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing which is valid until 2022.
These significant achievements recognize the quality of NIC’s nursing curriculum and training facilities and acknowledge the excellence in learning, leadership and skill development demonstrated by graduates.
Health Care Training Created for
In 2013, North Island College and The Port Alberni Friendship Center discovered new ways to address a local staffing shortage. Working with $250,725 from BC’s Aboriginal Community-Based Development Partnership Program, the college and Friendship Center developed an Aboriginal Health Care Assistant program. NIC instructors teach all classes, except labs, in the community where 10 students access traditional supports while training to bring culturally relevant care to their elders.