Dec 1, 2011

The Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Leadership and Management program and courses have been approved by Langara’s Education Council.

Twenty to forty nurses from India will be arriving in Vancouver in late April 2012 to start classes in the summer term for the certificate program. The program will run over one academic year and will be taught by faculty from the Nursing, Business and English Departments. The program is offered in partnership with INSCOL Academy, which is the education division of INSCOL Hospital, one of the leading healthcare service providers in Chandigarh, India. INSCOL gives Indian nurses the opportunity to become ‘global nurses’ through enhancing their knowledge, skills and professional competence by exposing them to international best nursing practices. INSCOL has several partnerships with institutions in Canada, the US, Australia and Britain.

Recently, Pat Woods, who is currently developing the program curriculum, had the opportunity to visit one of the INSCOL partner sites, John Moores University in Liverpool, England. She reports that “JMU has been partnering with INSCOL since 2007. They offer a diploma to BSN program as well as an MSN program for the INSCOL nurses. The partnership works extremely well. The nurses arrive well prepared for the program as they complete a 6 week academic study skills module before they leave India. There is very little attrition from the program and the nurses are very employable once they finish their studies.”

She adds, “Our post graduate certificate program at Langara has been developed within the national framework of leadership and management competencies as identified by the Canadian Nurses Association. It is a very ‘rich’ program and offers interesting and diverse teaching opportunities for faculty within the various courses. I am so pleased that we will be able to assist nurses from India to advance in their careers by preparing them as ‘global nurses’ through this program. I am really looking forward to coordinating this new program and all the challenges and rewards that it will bring. It is an exciting time for the school of nursing!”