Students who plan to apply to CBU’s Bachelor of Science, Nursing (BScN) program for the 2016 intake and onward will now enter into an accelerated model. This new direction is a result of a Nursing Education Review that was announced by the Nova Scotia Government on May 12, 2015. This will see all undergraduate nursing programs in the Province offer a common, modern curriculum, introduce a new accelerated program and create multiple start and graduation times.
The three universities that offer undergraduate nursing programs in Nova Scotia – CBU, DAL and STFX – were involved in creating the curriculum. This new approach will also allow for better collaboration between the universities and will help all nursing students in the Province gain diverse experience in hospital and community, and in urban and rural settings.
“Through our work with the Nursing Education Review we have collaborated with Dalhousie and St. Francis Xavier Schools of Nursing to review our curricula. Going forward, we will offer a common first year and have built a new modernized approach to nursing education while maintaining the uniqueness of our program in relation to health and wellness, and health challenges noted specifically in the population of Cape Breton. We will be able to apply the generalist knowledge of an entry level nurse to urban and rural areas, and in addition, provide our students with a range of opportunities for specialization and experience.” says Willena Nemeth, Director, CBU Nursing Program
Currently, CBU offers a four-year Bachelor of Science, Nursing program with a 10 week final senior practicum experience. In addition to changing to an accelerated model, students will also be required to complete a 13 week final nursing practice placement. The aim of the new model is to have more nurses working in healthcare settings sooner and in the needed areas of specialization across Nova Scotia.
Students entering the BScN at CBU will study over a three year period. The accelerated model will have the first traditional year period of study from Sept-April. The following next September students will study in an accelerated model for a continuous 24 month period.