Six graduate with B.Sc. in nursing from Nunavut Arctic College

Grads prepared to be “nurses to be leaders in the health care system of Nunavut”

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

Graduating Bachelor of Science in Arctic Nursing students: Tina Campbell (Iqaluit), Lili Ding (Iqaluit), Nancy Gordon (Rankin Inlet), Margaret MacIsaac (Iqaluit), Denise Romero (Iqaluit) and Sandra Schwartz (Iqaluit). (PHOTO BY BRIAN MANNING, COURTESY OF NAC)


Graduating Bachelor of Science in Arctic Nursing students: Tina Campbell (Iqaluit), Lili Ding (Iqaluit), Nancy Gordon (Rankin Inlet), Margaret MacIsaac (Iqaluit), Denise Romero (Iqaluit) and Sandra Schwartz (Iqaluit). (PHOTO BY BRIAN MANNING, COURTESY OF NAC)

After four years of work and study, six students graduated from Nunavut Arctic College’s Bachelor of Science in Arctic Nursing Program June 6 at the Hotel Arctic in Iqaluit.

The Bachelor of Science in Arctic Nursing Program, developed between Nunavut Arctic College and Dalhousie University, is a four-year program that focuses on nursing in Nunavut.

The degree is conferred by Dalhousie University.

The program prepares graduates to work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, long-term care facilities and community-based agencies.

In a June 10 news release, the NAC said the curriculum “emphasizes awareness and respect for Inuit culture and prepares nurses to be leaders in the health care system of Nunavut.”

Graduates, who now write and pass the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination, will be eligible to work in any province or territory, the college noted.

Four 2013 graduates wrote Nunatsiaq News earlier this year to defend the program which has produced 37 nursing graduates since 2000.

They said “due to the perceptions concerning the credibility of this program we often feel anxiety and pressure that our skill level, knowledge, and confidence will not compare with our southern counterparts.”

But more than nine in 10 have passed the tough RN exams, they said.

The Bachelor of Science in Arctic Nursing Program starts up again this fall at the college’s Nunatta Campus in Iqaluit.

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