Canadian Nursing Students can have chance to Get On-the-Job Training

3 Nov

By: http://skybluecross.org
On-the-Job Training is value chance to Nursing  Student, specially to international Nursing Student.
A full-time nursing school schedule often requires so much time and energy that a part-time job might get in the way of the educational experience. But thanks to an innovative employment program instituted in British Columbia, Canada, third- and fourth-year nursing students are able to obtain part-time jobs that do just the opposite: enrich their education.

The Undergraduate Nurse Project, an employment program for students, offers upper-level nursing students the opportunity to work part-time at local health authorities. The program, which began in 2001 as the result of a student project at the University of Victoria, in Victoria, British Columbia, has since begun operating at facilities province-wide.

“A fourth-year student in a course called Nurses Influencing Change worked as an employee in another province and came up with this plan for British Columbia,” said Lucia Gamroth, RN, BSN, Ph.D., associate professor in the school of nursing at the University of Victoria.

Together, student nurses, employers, educators, the British Columbia Nurses Union (BCNU) and the Registered Nurses Association of British Columbia (RNABC) then devised a program. According to the BCNU, the goals of the program were to:

Increase the recruitment of new grads in British Columbia by building an employment relationship prior to graduation.
Offer paid part-time or part-year employment to students to help offset the costs of nurse education.
Provide student nurses with clinical nursing experience so that they will be job-ready when they graduate.
Foster a climate of professional renewal and give current RNs some hope that their workload will improve over time.
To fulfill these goals, undergraduate nurses are hired at a base pay of $21.15 ($17.29 U.S.) per hour for positions in various nursing units, including mental health, emergency and medical/surgical. One of the key stipulations of the program, said Gamroth, is that the undergraduate positions are supernumerary, “over and above” scheduled nursing staff, meaning, for example, that they may not fill in for staff nurses that are sick or on vacation.

According to Deanna Hutchings, RN, MSN, a nurse educator and coordinator of the Undergraduate Nurse Employment Program at the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA), it is this supernumerary status that makes the undergraduate nurses such an asset to the nursing staff.

“Nurses have an extra pair of hands,” she said.

Gamroth, who performed a three-year concurrent evaluation of the project, found that feedback about the program from the staff nurses and the facilities as a whole has been extremely positive.

“The immediate outcome the facilities and staff nurses saw was improved patient care and satisfaction,” she said. “The undergraduate nurse created a hope for staff, gave RNs time to deal with families, boosted morale and helped with workload—all the things that nurses are really burdened by now.”

Hutchings has seen the same results at her facility.

“The beauty is that it really is a win-win-win situation,” she said. “The nursing units benefit and the patients and families benefit because everyone has more time to spend with the patients.” Hutchings added that many of the undergraduate nurses will take on difficult or gravely ill patients because they have more time to spend with them.

“The nurses win because the undergrads tend to be vibrant and energetic. They bring an energy and vitality that boosts nurses’ morale,” she added.

“Finally, the undergrads benefit in a multitude of ways: They’re paid a good wage and they become members of the union where they can accrue seniority,” she said.

Some of the greatest benefits, stated both Gamroth and Hutchings, are those the undergraduates gain from being an employee—not just a student nurse—in a hospital setting.

Hutchings explained that the program has been just as essential for retention, especially during a nursing shortage.

“Figures show that we lose nurses to the profession in the first three years of practice,” she said. “It is our contention and our hope that if the student nurses have more confidence and competence, their transition to being a grad might be easier. That would be a big deal in terms of retention.”

Reference: www.nursezone.com

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