FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Northern Lights College is hosting an open house to connect with potential students for the Northern Baccalaureate Nursing Program (NBNP) at the Fort St. John campus on May 10th.

The open house will be held from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. and offered to students and the community interested in learning more about the program.

Residents will be able to chat with program instructors and take a campus tour.

The NBNP is a new program offered through the University of Northern British Columbia that was ten years in the making through many partnerships, including Northern Health, Indigenous communities, and local governments.

It is an immersive program, 18-month or five semesters for 3rd and 4th level nursing students to take locally.

Raelene Marceau, a primary care nurse practitioner, associate professor, and coordinator of the NBNP, says the goal of this program at the NLC is to get more healthcare professionals in the northeast.

“We’re really trying to streamline the process of educating RN and putting them back into the workplace right here in the Northeast. And so it’s not only an immersive program but a recruitment strategy.”

She also mentions that it’s a win-win, that students don’t have to leave the region to pursue a nursing education.

Marceau added that anyone interested is welcome to attend but emphasizes that high school students, especially prospective college students, are invited.

Invested partners were invited as well.

“The chair of nursing, Caroline Sanders, is going to be coming from Prince George to be at the event and the faculty there.”

Marceau is excited to finally hold an open house and engage with people in person. She encourages residents to register online to attend the open house.

The open house will also provide light refreshments.

For more information and to register, click here.

Shailynn Foster

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