2020 Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

2020 Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

University of Victoria School of Nursing Celebrates 2020 – The International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife

Year of the Nurse and the Midwife
Darryl Harsch on the UVic campus

Making an impact

With us, you'll gain the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in many settings and with diverse populations. Darryl Harsch's practicum at Ts'ewulhtun Health Centre strengthened his passion for nursing with Indigenous communities.

Undergraduate studies
Graduate student with a patient sitting on a hospital bed

Gain hands-on experiences

The UVic School of Nursing partners with agencies and communities to provide a wide range of experiences. You will gain the knowledge and skills required to have a broad impact on the health of individuals, populations and communities.

Graduate studies
Student at Our Place

Learning beyond the classroom

Practice experiences take place in and beyond the hospital setting. Eric Wu did his fourth-year practicum at Our Place where he had the opportunity to integrate his classroom learning with a vulnerable population.

Practicum placements
Dr. Kelli Stajduhar in a hospital hallway

Learn from world-class researchers

Dr. Kelli Stajduhar’s research focuses on developing the knowledge needed to inform the development of health services in palliative and end of life care and with marginalized and vulnerable populations.

An alumna working with a patient

A career that makes a difference

Nursing is a dynamic discipline and profession. Build your career from BSN practice to Advanced Practice Nursing. Graduates of our programs are in high demand locally and globally. 

Career possibilities
Two women at a flu shot clinic

Find your passion

Interested in health across the lifespan? Join our researchers and educators in addressing pressing societal issues that impact the well-being of people and communities.


Important notice for current BSN and graduate students

September 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present nursing education programs with unprecedented challenges and opportunities in the preparation of an essential and highly competent nursing workforce. The UVic School of Nursing is collaborating with multiple organizations, including academic BSN partners (Aurora College, Camosun College, College of the Rockies, and Selkirk College), Health Authorities, and nurse practitioner and physician preceptors to develop strategies to ensure that practice education for BSN and MN students is sustained. Our faculty and administrative teams are working diligently to ensure that students can continue their academic progression, complete their degrees, and join the health care system workforce.

Undergraduate BSN Program:

For this current Winter Term, the BSN students are completing their theory courses online. They are also taking part in a community leadership practice course in a range of community and Island Health settings. Planning is underway to welcome Year 3 Camosun College BSN students to UVic in January and to organize the final practice term for Year 4 students as they prepare to graduate and enter practice as Registered Nurses. Although they will be continuing their program in their communities, we will also be welcoming our College Partner students at Selkirk College, College of the Rockies and Aurora College. We continue to remain in close contact with Island Health to monitor community trends in pandemic data and plan practice opportunities that will support students in moving successfully to completion of their BSN program.

In addition to following recommendations from the BC Public Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control, our planning is guided by position statements from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing and the Nursing Education Council of BC. We continue to regularly consult with our practice partners, with the BC government, with other Schools of Nursing, as well as the Faculty of Human and Social Development to plan for the upcoming terms.

For updated information about UVic’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, see this link https://www.uvic.ca/covid-19/

For the latest guidance from the BC Centres of Disease Control on COVID-19, check this link covid-19.bccdc.ca/

For COVID-19 Resources for Student Education in Practice: https://spe.healthcarebc.ca/Pages/COVID-19.aspx#orders-&-guidance 

For further information about the BSN program please contact:

Dr. Lenora Marcellus, Associate Director, Undergraduate Programs and Partnership

Genny Thompson, Admissions Liaison Officer and Student Advisor

For further information about the graduate programs please contact:

Dr. Anne Bruce, Associate Director, Graduate Programs

Paul Meier, Graduate Education Advisor

Kambria Ernst, Graduate Program Practica Coordinator


Nurses are shaping the future of health care as the largest group of health care providers in Canada. We tackle the essential issues that matter—to people, places and the planet. As a nurse, you'll have the chance to directly influence the health of individuals, families and communities.

New opportunities in health care are constantly emerging, expanding what nurses do in our communities.

At the UVic School of Nursing, we are committed to our students’ success. Our flexible, hands-on programs, research-inspired teaching and collaborative partnerships will accelerate your personal growth and prepare you for a successful career.

Find your edge in UVic's School of Nursing