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RNFBC Indigenous Nurse Education Bursary

RNFBC Indigenous Nurse Education Bursary

The RNFBC is excited to announce their support of the education of Indigenous nursing students and nurses in BC with the new Indigenous Nurse Education Bursary. 

This $1,000 bursary will contribute to the educational advancement of nurses who identify as and have ties to Indigenous peoples of Northern Turtle Island (Canada) and reside within the colonial borders of British Columbia. 

For the initial launch in 2024, this bursary will support three nursing students enrolled in an LPN program.  We invite applications from students entering or currently enrolled in an LPN program at any accredited institution in BC. As our program of funding continues to develop, we will be expanding our bursary pool to include students pursuing all levels of nursing study, including Registered Nursing, Registered Psychiatric Nursing and Nurse Practitioner programs.

Application and Selection Process

A fundamental aim is to ensure that the criteria offer straightforward access and a transparent, supportive, and respectful application process for Indigenous peoples that honors Indigenous ancestry. Based on guidance from Indigenous nurse educators and clinicians, applicants will be asked to articulate their Indigenous heritage and to convey their connection and engagement with their community.

In alignment with RNFBC process, all completed bursary applications will be entered into a randomized draw. Following a random draw of three bursary recipients, an Indigenous nurse led working group will review the applications and confirm that eligibility criteria has been met.

For Future Development

RNFBC is seeking sustainability and growth for this bursary opportunity. Donations of any amount are most welcome.