The College of the Rockies aims to address the growing need for nurses in the region, one graduating class at a time.
This as COTR is now able to host all four years of their nursing program locally in Cranbrook.
Acting Dean for Health and Human Services Norma Sherret says this will go a long way to addressing the many positions that will need to be filled over the next ten years.
“WorkBC forecasts a need for approximately 500 nurses in the Kootenay region in the next ten years,” Sherret says. “It helps to provide our local communities here in the East Kootenay with the opportunity to have nurses who were educated in the region and are familiar with the region.”
Sherret says the first cohort of nursing students will complete their program in April.
They will spend their final semester in practice throughout the East Kootenay region, including communities like Creston, Fernie, Cranbrook, Invermere and Golden.
Sherret says 12 of the 15 students plan to start their careers in the East Kootenay.
– COTR Acting Dean for Health and Human Services, Norma Sherret