Thompson Rivers University

Nursing receives top honours from provincial regulatory body

July 14, 2017

Nursing students perform tests on a electronic mannequin that can be programmed to exhibit a range of symptoms.

Commitment to a high-calibre learning experience has earned TRU’s School of Nursing (SoN) the highest possible approval from the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia (CRNBC) Education Program Review Committee.

“The School of Nursing is very pleased to receive notification that the CRNBC has granted seven years’ recognition for the registered nurse qualifying theory and practice courses in psychiatric/mental health and perinatal nursing offered by the School of Nursing through Open Learning,” said Dean of the School of Nursing, Donna Murnaghan. “This is significant because it’s the longest period of recognition offered by the CRNBC.”

The seven-year designation is the result of a rigorous review which scrutinized the SoN, its administration, faculty and programs.
Reviewers were complimentary about the quality of the courses, the comprehensiveness of the reports that were submitted, the clarity around the competencies and learning outcomes, the comprehensive study guides, the model of evaluations used, the formative evaluations system and the robust polices used to guide the work and the comprehensive course delivery methods.

The courses are offered online to internationally educated nurses who are required to be licensed to practice in BC and for nursing students who use these courses as electives or as courses to advance their knowledge and understanding of theory and practice in these areas.

“Earning the maximum period of recognition is a testament to our commitment and dedication that all our students receive a rewarding and high-calibre learning experience—one where their education is recognized for employment opportunities in diverse settings,” said Murnaghan.

TRU President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Shaver said the endorsement is another milestone to be proud of.

“Peer review approval of any program is a challenging process,” said Shaver. “After intense scrutiny, this designation recognizes the excellent education our Open Learning students can expect from TRU’s School of Nursing.”

Media inquiries
Donna Murnaghan, R.N., PhD
Dean, School of Nursing
Thompson Rivers University

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