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An Education that Cares

Nursing is a distinctive health profession, both an art and a science, that focuses on health promotion, maintenance and restoration, illness prevention and palliative care. CBU believes that nurses are key to the overall health of society.

The Bachelor of Science Nursing (BScN) is a three-year program preparing nurses to practice in a variety of health care settings, including hospitals and the community. The curriculum is a blend of biological, social sciences, humanities and nursing courses, combining academic and professional theory with nursing practice. CBU’s BScN strives for excellence in preparing our future nurses to be knowledgeable, competent, compassionate, and ethical professionals, prepared to provide leadership in all areas of nursing practice.

Cape Breton University’s Nursing Program is Recognized with Best in Canada.

The Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) announced a unanimous decision in favour of the accreditation of CBU’s BScN. This was CBU’s first accreditation review as an independent nursing program.

Why Nursing at CBU?

  • Not only is CBU one of the best Nursing programs in the country, our graduates experience an almost 100 per cent employment rate!
  • CBU grads have the highest success rate provincially on the NCLEX exam. Successfully passing the NCLEX exam leads to a Registered Nurse designation.
  • CBU is focused on getting highly qualified graduates into the workforce quickly.  CBU’s Nursing program can be completed in three years and students with previous university experience can condense the program into two years. Learn more about the program options in Degree Details or talk to an Enrolment Services Professional to see what option is best for you.
  • Our small classes and experienced Faculty and Nurse Practice Educators work together to foster a learner-centered environment, instilling values of critical inquiry, reflective practice and life-long learning. We develop and advance nursing knowledge, while working proactively to advocate for and work toward eliminating social inequities.
  • The Nursing Practice placement at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital provides the hands-on experience nursing students need to succeed. CBC’s Information Morning speaks with Tanas Sylliboy of Eskasoni First Nation, who shares his experience with the program.
  • Get hands-on experience and an international perspective like the 2017 BScN fourth year Nursing Students, who traveled to Cape to Quito, Ecuador for a two week adventure to provide nursing care and learn from the local community. Read about their exciting experience here!
  • There are so many fascinating specializations you can focus on. CBU’s Nursing program provides a strong foundation so students can explore the area they’re most interested in. Though some require further training to achieve, all specializations are necessary and equally important in the health field.
    • General Nurses care for routine hospital patients either postoperatively or with medical conditions requiring hospitalization.
    • Geriatric Nurses care for the elderly and work in a variety of settings such as the hospital, nursing homes and home health.
    • Pediatric Nurses care for infants and children. There are many nursing specialties related to pediatrics, including nursing care of newborns, neonatal intensive care, pediatric oncology, pediatric cardiology, pediatric cardiac intensive care, pediatric intensive care, pediatric intermediate care, pulmonary care, as well as routine medical and surgical pediatric nursing.
    • Other Specialty Areas include Cardiac, Dialysis, Oncology Nurses, Operating Room, Recovery Room Nurses, Emergency Room or community based specialty areas like School, Community Health and Clinic Nursing.

Chat with an Enrolment Services Professional about the different specializations of nursing and postgraduate options to build a career as a nurse that’s right for you.

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