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NIC Nursing Student Elected National President

A NIC nursing student is changing the face of nursing education across Canada, becoming the first NIC student elected to lead a national organization. More

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Find out more about NIC’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

The health care field is constantly changing. Technologies continuously advance, and the needs of our aging populations are changing rapidly.

That’s why North Island College initiated its own Health Care Advisory Committee. Comprised of local health care providers and industry leaders, the committee works with the college to ensure that NIC programs reflect the latest demands in health care. Whether it’s a need for expanded knowledge on dementia care or the use of new hospital equipment, NIC immediately adapts its curriculum to ensure students receive the most current education possible.

As a result, NIC grads are quickly becoming known as exceptionally skilled, confident practitioners ready to contribute from their first day on the job.

North Island College is way ahead of any other school of nursing. For a long time First Nations traditional values and ways were not included in the education system – it still isn’t – but North Island College is doing that. You can hear about the nurses coming out of here… and I’m glad to be a part of it.
Dr. Evelyn Voyageur, NIC Elder in Residence
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Red Dress Campaign at NIC

Fourth-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing student Stacey Stromme organized the October 2016 Red Dress campaign at NIC to raise awareness in remembrance of missing and murdered Aboriginal woman. Watch the full story on Shaw TV.

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NIC Turns 40

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 at CNSA Conference 2016 

NIC Bachelor of Science in Nursing students joined the Canadian Nursing Students' Association (CNSA) Conference in Edmonton in November 2016. They created a video to expand on the 2016 conference theme - building identity – and explore ways student nurses can contribute and lead in their ever-changing field. Their video shares their passion and explains how the association, the national voice of Canadian nursing students, and its conference connects them to national nursing community and inspires their future careers. Watch the video.

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
Aboriginal Communities

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.