Extra licensed sensible nurses (LPNs) will turn into eligible for schooling to turn into registered nurses (RNs) at two Nova Scotian universities.
In a launch, the Division of Well being mentioned eligibility standards is being expanded to permit extra LPNs to qualify for bachelor of science, nursing packages at Cape Breton College and St. Francis Xavier College within the 2022-23 tutorial 12 months.
“The packages permit LPNs who meet tutorial, work expertise and different licensing necessities to make use of their current schooling and expertise to extra shortly full the BScN program and turn into RNs,” the discharge mentioned.
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LPNs have a tendency to offer care to sufferers who’re thought-about secure with predictable outcomes in quite a lot of settings, typically in partnership with RNs, physicians and different health-care professionals. RNs can administer medicines and coverings, in addition to present schooling to sufferers.
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Eligibility will probably be expanded to incorporate LPN graduates from out-of-province packages, in addition to those that graduated from the Nova Scotia Neighborhood School earlier than 2008. Beforehand, solely those that graduated from NSCC in 2008 or later have been eligible.
“Nurses are wanted in so many communities throughout the province,” mentioned Well being and Wellness Minister Michelle Thompson within the launch.
“Curiosity in nursing as a occupation — and these packages at CBU and St. FX specifically — has seen an actual improve over the previous couple of years and we’re excited extra folks will be capable to make the most of them.”
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The Division of Well being estimates about 4,400 Nova Scotia LPNs might now be eligible.
In line with the discharge, 74 folks accomplished the LPN to BScN packages since they have been launched in 2016. About 450 RNs and 250 LPNs graduate yearly from Nova Scotia colleges.
Final 12 months, the province introduced that each one nurses graduated from post-secondary establishments in Nova Scotia for the subsequent 5 years will probably be supplied a job.
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