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Province funding post-secondary healthcare training

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:59 PDT, Fri July 24, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare professionals have been indispensable. And now the provincial government is investing in BC’s future medical personnel.

More than $4.4 million in additional investments was directed this week to support health profession-related education and training at BC post-secondary institutions. Programs include training for healthcare assistants, anesthesia assistants, mental health and community support workers and programs for nurses.

The funding also creates opportunities for existing health professionals to further enhance their skills. Registered nurses and other health professionals can access short, targeted training modules through the British Columbia Institute of Technology and respiratory therapists can access one-on-one clinical refreshers.

“We are committed to training, recruiting and hiring a new generation of healthcare professionals at all levels, including respiratory therapists and critical care nurses, who are vital members of the healthcare team,” said Health Minister Adrian Dix. “Respiratory therapists and nurses working with patients during the COVID-19 pandemic have a high-risk role because of their hands-on work treating patients with breathing difficulties, and I thank them for all they do.”

Two Lower Mainland post-secondary institutions have received new funding. Vancouver Community College received $750,000 to expand its bridging program aimed at licensed practical nurses who choose to continue their education by completing a bachelor of science in nursing degree. The British Columbia Institute of Technology received funding of $227,000 to enable registered nurses working in critical care settings to train in advanced skills.

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