The province added 611 training seats to a 389 seat specialty nurse program last year and will maintain that level of funding for the next two years. (Matt Rourke/The Associated Press)

British Columbia has announced that it is increasing the number of specialty nurse training opportunities in the province by funding 1,000 seats each year at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. BC states that it added 611 training seats in 2018-19 for a total of 1,000 seats, and that it will provide funding at that level for 2019-20 and 2020-21. “Specialty nurses help us when we need emergency care; they help deliver our babies and they care for us when we are seriously ill,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health. “Increasing the number of specialty nurse seats helps people get trained for some of the most important and in-demand jobs in BC.” The minister added that specialty nurses are in high demand in areas such as emergency rooms, intensive care units for high-risk cardiac care patients, and obstetrical and newborn care.


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