Not only have nursing students been struggling to learn hands on during this pandemic, the province is also going through an ongoing nursing shortage.
According to the B.C’s Nurses Union, the province is in desperate need of more nurses in order to staff B.C’s health care system.
An estimate of 25,000 nurses are needed over the next 10 years to combat the ongoing nursing shortage.
“We do know the numbers that are graduating do not allow us to replace the number of nurses that are retiring and the additional that have been identified that are needed to meet the patient population.”-Christine Sorensen, President of BCNU.
Sorensen says an estimate of only 1500 students graduate each year, making it difficult to meet the goal of 25,000 over the next decade.
The loss of practicum for current nursing students is a worry about whether this year’s graduating class will be prepared to go to work.