Leading in Nursing Education

With her expertise in nursing leadership and health policy, school director Susan Duncan has led UVic Nursing through this historic, highly educational, pandemic.

Leading in Nursing Education

Learning beyond the classrooom

Megan Fraser completed her fourth-year Nursing practicum assisting the health centre team at Cowichan Tribes with their drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic from January to March 2021.

Learning beyond the classrooom
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
Professor Bernie Pauly

Research with Impact

Nursing professor and research scientist Bernie Pauly brings students firsthand knowledge on what it takes to reduce substance use harms and improve health and well being.

Research with Impact
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
Leanne Kelly

Teaching Indigenist Nursing

Indigneous nursing scholars, including Leanne Kelly shown here, speak to their work in helping prepare nursing students for future careers.

Teaching Indigenist Nursing
Students, faculty, staff and visitors who are returning to campus must follow UVic’s COVID-19 protocols. Visit UVic’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic site for the latest updates:

Update for current BSN and MN/PhD students

January 19, 2021

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 and PhD student research are 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

Our BSN priorities are to continue to support students to progress successfully through their program. For this current Winter Session (January to April), the following are taking place:

Year 3:

We are welcoming our Term 6 students from our College Partner sites, including Camosun College, Aurora College, College of the Rockies and Selkirk College. Term 6 BSN students are completing their theory courses online.

Year 4:

Year 4 BSN students are completing their final term of the program, which are practice courses in a range of acute care and community settings. We would like to thank our many practice partners, in particular Island Health, for supporting student learning throughout these unique times. 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 the latest guidance from the BC Centre for Disease Control on COVID-19, check this link

For COVID-19 Resources for Student Education in Practice: 

For further information about the BSN program please contact:

Dr. Margaret Scaia, Acting Associate Director, Undergraduate Programs and Partnerships

Genny Thompson, Admissions Liaison Officer and Student Advisor

Graduate MN and PhD Programs

Our MN priorities are to support MN and PhD students to progress successfully through their programs. NP onsite seminars and MN practice placements will proceed and doctoral students continue to work closely with supervisors in safely conducting data collection. Our planning continues to be guided by recommendations from the BC Public Health Officer and position statements from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing and the Nursing Education Council of BC.

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