Baiba Zarins, Project Manager, Global Practice
University Health Network is proud to collaborate with our academic partner, Nipissing University, located in North Bay, Ontario to facilitate an innovative second degree BScN nursing program. This program is completely embedded within point of care practice settings amongst six Toronto based academic health care teaching facilities. This new paradigm of nursing education allows for students to engage in focused learner driven, narrative inquiry based curriculum of discovery model. Students act as inquirers and creators of knowledge to direct their educational experiences. Both student and faculty participate as partners to engage in learning objective collaborations, enhance scholarly practice, and promote leadership and research with an active voice in health care. Students will be immersed within point of care settings to experience the health care continuum and integral network between patient, families, health care interprofessional team and community influencers of health.
The inaugural launch is scheduled for September 6th, 2011, with the program divided into six semesters over two years. UHN expects to facilitate learning experiences for 8 to 10 students annually within our extensive array of programs and services in collaboration with a full-time UHN based SPP faculty advisor. The aim of this program is to graduate nurses who are practice ready scholar practitioners; capable of nursing within our current evolving and complex health care landscape. For program and application information please visit Nipissing University: Scholar Practitioner Program online.