Province announces new healthcare assistant grants

The issue of nurse shortages has been plaguing the Province of B.C. for years. The shortages have contributed to the alarming rate of E.R. closures in many cities across the province. As this problem persists, one of the solutions the Province is exploring is education. B.C. is now offering a $3-million bursary fund for healthcare assistants registered in an access to practical nursing (APN) program from Sept. 1, 2021, to May 31, 2024, at a qualifying public post-secondary institution. The aid will support healthcare assistants with their education which will help increase the number of nurses to address the province-wide shortage.

“I’m proud to support healthcare assistants in their continued pursuit of education to become licensed practical nurses,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “This bursary will create new avenues for individuals seeking long-term, rewarding and in-demand careers in our healthcare system. It’s another step forward in a series of announcements to come addressing immediate healthcare needs in B.C.”

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