Funding for bridging program to train nurses

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The licensed practical nurse (LPN) bachelor of nursing bridge program will be reintroduced at the University of New Brunswick.

The province says the program, which helps train LPNs to become registered nurses is being brought back to help address the provinces nursing shortage.

According to a press release, government is providing up to $500,000 toward the cost of delivering one cohort of the program.

The funding will support 24 LPNs in the program at the UNB Saint John campus beginning in January, with a graduation for that cohort set for May 2022.

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder says, "reintroducing the LPN bridging program will allow UNB to train more nurses that our health-care system is in critical need of. Addressing the nursing shortage is complex, and I am pleased our government was able to partner with UNB to train more nurses in our province."

He added that nursing education needs to change to reflect the increasingly complicated and demanding nature of the profession.

Government says LPN graduates from New Brunswick Community College or Oulton College will be eligible for the program that will consist of a combination of classroom learning and clinical experience.

The program was piloted at the Saint John campus in 2013 with four cohorts.