PhD in Nursing

The PhD in Nursing Program is designed to prepare researchers and leaders to develop the knowledge base of nursing.

 

Postdoctoral fellow Ryan Wilson in his PhD graduate gown

Dr. Ryan Wilson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus. The focus of his PhD research explored the symptom experiences of patients with new onset atrial fibrillation. Ryan’s interest in cardiovascular research stems from his emergency room nursing background, where he he spent 10 years practicing.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The School of Nursing at the Okanagan Campus has pioneered flexible delivery methods for graduate students in the Okanagan region and has significant experience in providing high quality graduate education to students within the province, across Canada, and internationally. The primary methods of instruction for the PhD in Nursing include:

  • Graduate seminars
  • Synchronous (live web-conference seminars) and asynchronous online delivery
  • Comprehensive research project, including a substantive dissertation
Program Components Expected Duration
PhD Dissertation 48 months

For more information on the PhD in Nursing Program, please review the MSN/PhD Nursing Handbook

In addition to the general academic regulations for graduate students set out by the College of Graduate Studies, the minimum requirements for the PhD in Nursing are:

  1. 12 credits of coursework;
    • NRSG 580 (3) Philosophy of Evidence in Nursing
    • NRSG 581 (3) Leadership in Knowledge Application and Translation
    • NRSG 554 (3) Advanced Research Methods
    • NRSG 601 (3) Doctoral Seminar
  2. A portfolio of research and leadership competencies
  3. Successful completion of comprehensive examination requirements; and
  4. Successful defense of the doctoral dissertation NRSG 699 (0) Doctoral Dissertation.

Comprehensive Examination

Students must complete a comprehensive examination within the first 24 months in the program. After completing required coursework, students prepare an annotated bibliography. This serves as the foundation for the comprehensive exam, which comprises two essays in the form of a take home exam and an oral defence.

Candidacy Exam (Proposal Defense)

Students must complete their candidacy exam within the first 36 months in the doctoral program. After completing the comprehensive exam, students establish their supervisory committee and proceed to develop their proposal. The written proposal is approved by the committee, and is followed by an oral defense.

The primary objectives of the PhD in Nursing program are to:

  1. Provide a rigorous, high-quality doctoral-level graduate program in nursing that builds on UBC Okanagan’s highly successful MSN program
  2. Enable students to actively participate in the development of nursing knowledge, adding to the evidence base to enhance nursing and health
  3. Prepare outstanding nurse leaders to have expanded spheres of influence to enhance health and well-being of individuals, families and communities through leadership roles in academic institutions, practice settings, and policy arenas.

For information about courses and schedules see Program Requirements in the Academic Calendar. —

Portfolio of Core Competencies

The following learning outcomes for the PhD in Nursing identify what knowledge, skills and abilities students will have upon successful completion of all program requirements. These learning outcomes will be achieved through completion of required coursework, a comprehensive examination, and completion of a dissertation research project.

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse the epistemological, historical, and theoretical foundations of nursing scholarship.
  2. Demonstrate a high-level, comprehensive understanding of a substantive body of knowledge that is at the forefront of the discipline of nursing.
  3. Conceptualize, design, and conduct rigorous and cutting edge research to generate new knowledge or new applications that will make a substantial contribution to the discipline and to the improvement of health and well-being.
  4. Critically analyse, synthesize, and apply complex information that is relevant for practice and policy development in nursing, health promotion, and healthcare.
  5. Lead developments in knowledge application and translation in collaboration with stakeholders to support evidence-based nursing and health care.
  6. Effectively communicate complex and/or ambiguous ideas within and across practice and scholarly disciplines, and in society at large.
  7. Influence and lead change aimed at improving nursing, health and health care.

To assume leadership as a nursing scholar, students will develop a portfolio of relevant experiences that show how they have achieved selected leadership competencies in conjunction with NRSG 601 (Graduate seminar). These will be accomplished through a range of learning experiences tailored to individual needs. Leadership competencies may include the following:

  • Writing competitive research funding proposals (e.g. SoN Internal Research Grants)
  • Conducting peer reviews (e.g. manuscripts, grant proposals)
  • Conference & seminar participation (e.g. presentations, networking, planning)
  • Research teamwork (e.g. participation, management)
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration (e.g. committee work, project leadership)
  • Knowledge application (e.g. KT planning, implementation, policy innovation)
  • Community engagement (e.g. leading a clinical research team)
  • Teaching (e.g. planning, leading)
  • Mentoring & consulting skills (e.g. advising a clinical research team)
  • Writing for peer-reviewed publication

The required coursework comprises nine credits (NRSG 580, NRSG 581, and NRSG 554), plus two terms enrolled in the NRSG 601 doctoral seminars (3 credits). Additional courses may be recommended based on the individual candidate profile.

NRSG 580 (3) Philosophy of Evidence in Nursing
This course introduces the philosophy of science and evidence as this is understood in the context of nursing scholarship. It creates the philosophical foundation upon which students can create informed claims about knowledge, theory and evidence regarding phenomena of concern to the discipline.

Prerequisite: NRSG 500

NRSG 581 (3) Leadership in Knowledge Application and Translation
Through an examination of philosophies, theories and praxis in the application of nursing knowledge, this graduate level course will prepare students to lead innovative research, education and practice in knowledge application and translation.

Pre-requisites: NRSG 504 (or equivalent graduate level course in knowledge and evidence-based practice).

NRSG 554 (3) Advanced Research Methods
This course involves intensive inquiry into research design issues relevant to nursing and health research, including the conduct of interdisciplinary research. It addresses issues in quantitative and qualitative research, and extends the discussion to consider the design and conceptual complexities of mixed and multiple method designs, and community-based research.

Pre-requisites: NRSG 506, and NRSG 507 or equivalent graduate level quantitative and qualitative methods courses.

NRSG 601 (3) Doctoral Seminar
This course is designed as a set of student-centered seminars to provide an ongoing opportunity for PhD students to discuss phenomena relevant to nursing science, academia, the process of undertaking doctoral thesis research, and building sustainable careers in nursing science.

Dissertation Research

Students complete their dissertation research under the supervision of their committee. They must submit the written dissertation (in either traditional or manuscript style) and complete the final oral examination no later than 72 months after their admission into the doctoral program. This process is coordinated through the College of Graduate Studies.

Dissertation Planning

The PhD dissertation is an original piece of work that offers you the opportunity to hone your research skills, become an expert in a specialized area of knowledge, and contribute to your field of scholarship. It will set the stage for your future research career.

Dissertation Supervisor

Your PhD dissertation is guided by your Dissertation Supervisor. Prospective students should have identified and contacted potential supervisors before applying to the program.

View programs of research of eligible faculty supervisors

In consultation with your supervisor, you will establish a dissertation supervisory committee comprised of at least three members, two of whom must be tenure-track faculty members within the School of Nursing, holding the rank, assistant professor or higher. The composition of each committee must conform to the requirements set out by the College of Graduate Studies.

The College of Graduate Studies has many excellent resources for students and supervisors that outline how to get the most out of the supervisor-graduate student relationship at UBC.

View the College of Graduate Studies Handbook of Supervision

PhD Program Timeline

Time Frame

Phase I
1st to 24th month

Coursework and Dissertation

  • Complete 4 PhD core courses
  • Complete a comprehensive exam
  • Preparation of detailed research proposal plus initial work on dissertation

Time Frame

Phase II
25th to 48th month

Coursework and Dissertation

  • Completion and approval of a detailed research proposal
  • Confirmation of candidacy through an oral candidacy examination
  • Obtain ethics approval to begin dissertation research
  • Complete research project and a written dissertation to the satisfaction of your supervisor and committee
  • Submission of dissertation for External Examination and complete final oral examination

RESEARCH & SUPERVISORS

In partnership with communities, health professionals, academic collaborators and other stakeholders, we are leading interdisciplinary research teams to generate and translate knowledge into effective evidence-based practices and programs. The School of Nursing’s Research and Knowledge Hub is an open community that is home to four areas of research excellence:

PALLIATIVE and End of Life CARE

In their labs and with their partners, School of Nursing researchers are at the leading edge of designing interventions to support individuals and families. Current research lab:

RURAL HEALTH + NURSING SERVICES INNOVATION RESEARCH GROUP

Working together with health-care professionals and communities, our nursing researchers are leading the development of innovative health and social service solutions to inform policy and system change to address priority health challenges. Current research labs in the group:

COMMUNITY HEALTH, WELL-BEING AND EQUITY RESEARCH GROUP

With a depth of experience in working with diverse communities and groups, our nurse researchers are leading community-based research locally and internationally to improve health and well-being. Current research labs in the group:

INNOVATIONS IN NURSING AND INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION FOR PRACTICE GROUP

Our faculty is at the forefront of innovations in nursing and interprofessional education, and creating learning partnerships with health-care providers, families, patients and caregivers to develop knowledge and skills for building better patient-oriented approaches to health care.

The success of UBC Okanagan’s MSN/PhD programs depends on exceptional students. If you are applying to the MSN program’s Research-based Stream, please touch base with a faculty supervisor before you start the application process. We look forward to hearing about your research interests and career goals.

Joan L. Bottorff | joan.bottorff@ubc.ca | 250.807.8627 Research interests: Health promotion, chronic disease prevention, gender, health behaviour change, men’s health, smoking cessation, knowledge translation, e-health.

Donna Kurtz | donna.kurtz@ubc.ca | 250.807.9627 Research interests: Indigenous health, health promotion, chronic disease prevention, health disparities, women’s health, cultural safety, primary health care.

Nelly D. Oelke | nelly.oelke@ubc.ca | 250.807.9880 Research interests: Health services, primary health care, health policy, chronic disease management, mental health, rural health, vulnerable populations.

Lise Olsen | lise.olsen@ubc.ca | 250.807.9180 Research interests: Health promotion, injury prevention, child health, physical activity, children with disabilities, autism, family support.

Barbara Pesut | barb.pesut@ubc.ca | 250.807.9955 Research interests: Diversity, palliative care, end-of-life care, ethical issues, family caregiving, rural health care, spirituality, religious influences, chronic life-limiting illness.

Katrina Plamondon | katrina.plamondon@ubc.ca | 250.807.8681 Research interests: Health equity, global-local health, rural health, critical population health, integrated knowledge translation, dialogue and arts-based methods.

Kathy L. Rush | kathy.rush@ubc.ca | 250.807.9561 Research interests: Older adults, cardiac conditions, perspectives of risk, self-management, health-care needs, health-care services, rural health care, telehealth, nursing education.

Sana Shahram | sana.shahram@ubc.ca | 250.807.8685

Laura Struik | laura.struik@ubc.ca | 250.807.9972 Research interests: Health promotion, eHealth interventions, augmented reality/virtual reality, health behaviour change, smoking cessation, gender, systems thinking.

Marie Tarrant | Director | marie.tarrant@ubc.ca Research interests: Maternal health, child health, breastfeeding, vaccinations, population health, public health.


STUDENTS & THESES

The School of Nursing cares about our students’ experiential learning and well-being, as well as fostering their clinical and research excellence.

The College of Graduate Studies (on Facebook and Twitter) supports grad students, postdoctoral fellows and the UBCO community in general with academic, professional and personal experience. Also stay up to date with the School of Nursing through our Facebook or Twitter pages.

Dissertations

See what UBC Okanagan’s Nursing students have been up to. Search all student publications at cIRcle, the University’s digital repository for research and teaching materials.

PROFESSIONAL NETWORKS

A number of Canadian organizations offer RNs and others in the nursing profession a platform for dialogue, a means for resources and ways to get involved. Professional Associations:

Resources:

Specialty Areas:

Meet Our Students

Our students have provided profiles for you to discover more about them and their research.

Lauren Airth RN, BSN, MSN

PhD in Nursing Student

Lauren Airth is a Registered Nurse specialized in Mental Health and Substance Use. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2014 (UBCO), and her Master of Science in Nursing in 2019 (UBCO). During this time, in 2017, she was named by the Canadian Nurses Association as one of 150 nurses in Canada leading innovation in healthcare. Her MSN thesis explored the experiences of older adults with mental health concerns in rural areas using photovoice. For her PhD, Lauren is researching the mental health impacts of climate change events in rural communities. She continues to work in mental health and substance use acute care areas and is a Campus Health Specialist at UBCO. Additionally, she is becoming a drug-checking technician through the BC Centre for Substance Use. She is also passionate about staying active in the outdoors.


Madison huggins BA (hons), mph

PhD in Nursing Student

Madison Huggins is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in the School of Nursing. She is studying under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Pesut at the Health, Ethics and Diversity Lab. Madison’s PhD work focuses on adapting the Nav-CARE program to address the needs of persons living at home with life-limiting illness, and dementia. While completing her PhD, she is also working as a Research Coordinator for the STRS-EOL project. She is a Canadian Frailty Network 2020 Fellow. Madison has a Master of Public Health degree with a focus on geriatrics and social inequities, Bachelor of Arts Honors degree, and Certificate in Criminology and Addictions. She has experience in various research positions at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation, Vancouver General Hospital, BC Cancer, and the University of Saskatchewan. Madison is a published author in the Canadian Geriatrics Journal. Her most notable research has focused on examining advance care planning physician documentation and patient decision making in a home-based primary care service, as well as the use of robotic animal assisted interventions in improving the quality of life of patients with dementia in an acute care hospital setting. She also has project development experience with the Lake Country Health Planning Society, a non-profit, focusing on providing community supports to seniors and their caregivers. In her spare time Madison likes to bike ride, snowboard, run, play board games, read, travel and visit with friends and family.


lisa knox rn, bsn, ma

PhD in Nursing Student

Lisa Knox is a UBC Okanagan alumni who completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2014. Lisa went on to work as a Registered Nurse and completed her Perinatal Nursing Diploma at BCIT in 2015. She worked on the Women’s and Children’s Service floor at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Lisa then relocated to Berlin to complete her Master of Arts in Social Work as a Human Rights Profession at Alice Salomon Hochschule. Her thesis focused on how social media movements such as the #MeToo campaign have affected female survivors of sexual assault. Upon her return to Canada, Lisa became the Program Manager at Maxxine Wright Place in Surrey. Lisa worked there for just under a year, then returned to perinatal nursing. Lisa’s PhD research will focus on enhancing service delivery and resource allocation to support pregnant women and mothers with addictions from a wrap around and trauma informed approach.


Crystal Shannon rn, bsn, msn

PhD in Nursing Student

Crystal Shannon completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Thompson Rivers University (TRU) and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from UBC Okanagan. Crystal’s masters’ thesis focused on parent experiences promoting safe and active recreation for children living with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in rural settings. Presently, Crystal is continuing her studies at UBC Okanagan in the PhD program in Nursing where her research is contributing to the foundation for the development and testing of an online parent support intervention to promote safe, inclusive participation in recreational activities and sport for children living with ASD.


 


ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Admission to UBC graduate programs is competitive. Applicants must meet the following criteria.

Please review the College of Graduate Studies “Prepare Your Application” Guidelines, and consider attending an MSN/PhD Information Session prior to submitting your application.

Domestic applicants (Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident) for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) must have completed one of the following requirements prior to admission:

  • a master’s degree (or equivalent) from an approved institution, with clear evidence of research ability or potential and a minimum overall average in the B+ grade range (76-79% at UBC) in all graduate courses;
  • a bachelor’s degree, with one year of study in a master’s program with 12 credits of first-class average, of which, normally, 9 credits must be at the 500 level or above and at least 9 credits must be of first-class standing, and clear evidence of research ability or potential. Transfer directly into a doctoral program is normally accomplished after the first year of study and will not be permitted after the completion of the second year in a master’s program; or
  • in exceptional cases, applicants who hold an honours bachelor’s degree with an overall average in the A grade range and who demonstrate advanced research ability may be granted direct admission to a doctoral degree program on recommendation of the admitting graduate program and approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

To maintain registration as a doctoral student, students entering directly from a bachelor’s degree must, during the first year of study, complete 12 credits with a first-class average, of which at least 9 credits must be at the 500 level or above and at least 9 credits must be of first-class standing.

These are the minimum requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies. Individual graduate programs may have additional admission requirements. Consult the graduate program listings in this Calendar to confirm the admission requirements for specific degree programs.

MORE INFORMATION

For program requirements, use the following link to the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar; the calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia: PhD*

* In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

For additional information please contact:

Kathryn Douglas-Campbell
Graduate Studies Administration Assistant
ubco.nursinggrad@ubc.ca

International applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) must have completed one of the following requirements prior to admission:

  • a master’s degree (or equivalent) from an approved institution, with clear evidence of research ability or potential and a minimum overall average in the B+ grade range (76-79% at UBC) in all graduate courses;
  • a bachelor’s degree, with one year of study in a master’s program with 12 credits of first-class average, of which, normally, 9 credits must be at the 500 level or above and at least 9 credits must be of first-class standing, and clear evidence of research ability or potential. Transfer directly into a doctoral program is normally accomplished after the first year of study and will not be permitted after the completion of the second year in a master’s program; or
  • in exceptional cases, applicants who hold an honours bachelor’s degree with an overall average in the A grade range and who demonstrate advanced research ability may be granted direct admission to a doctoral degree program on recommendation of the admitting graduate program and approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

To maintain registration as a doctoral student, students entering directly from a bachelor’s degree must, during the first year of study, complete 12 credits with a first-class average, of which at least 9 credits must be at the 500 level or above and at least 9 credits must be of first-class standing.

These are the minimum requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies. Individual graduate programs may have additional admission requirements. Consult the graduate program listings in this Calendar to confirm the admission requirements for specific degree programs.

Students with Credentials from International Institutions

Grades and degree credentials required by UBC vary by country. The College of Graduate Studies welcomes and encourages applications from international students who hold a credential deemed academically equivalent to a an approved Canadian two-year master’s degree and who demonstrate superior academic standing. Specific minimum admission requirements for graduates of different countries are listed in the Required Grades and Credential Guide

Students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents must apply for a study permit (student visa) to enter Canada. Applications can be made through any Canadian Consulate or High Commission.

These are the minimum requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies. Individual graduate programs may have additional admission requirements. Consult the graduate program listings in this Calendar to confirm the admission requirements for specific degree programs.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Applicants from a university outside Canada at which English is not the primary language of instruction must present evidence of competency to pursue studies in the English language prior to being extended an offer of admission. Acceptable English language proficiency tests for applicants to graduate studies are:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 90 overall with a minimum score of 22 in Reading & Listening and a minimum score of 21 in Writing & Speaking (Internet version); minimum score of 22 in Reading & Listening and a minimum score of 21 in Writing (paper version); or
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): minimum overall band score of 6.5, with no individual component score less than 6.0; or
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): minimum overall score of 85, with a final score of 3 in the speaking test.

Required Grades and Credential Guide

Grades and degree credentials required by UBC vary by country. Search the Required Grades and Credential Guide —a guide to assist international students in estimating their eligibility.

International Advisors

An international student advisor can answer questions about immigration, medical insurance and the transition to UBC’s Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Go to the International Programs and Services website to meet the team.

MORE INFORMATION

Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for full admission and program requirements information; the Calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia. * In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

For additional information please contact:

Kathryn Douglas-Campbell
Graduate Studies Administration Assistant
ubco.nursinggrad@ubc.ca


Tuition & Funding

UBC Okanagan’s tuition and fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre.

Program Schedule Domestic fee per installment* International fee per installment*
PhD Full-time, per installment $1,698.56 $2,984.09

Tuition is paid in three installments per year, on the first day of each term: Winter Term 1, Winter Term 2, and Summer Term 1.
PhD students must pay a minimum of 6 installments prior to completing the program.

For official tuition and fee information, visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia.

* In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Faculty of Health & Social Development Graduate Student Travel Grant

The Faculty of Health & Social Development’s internal Graduate Student Travel Grant is intended to subsidize travel to conferences for full-time graduate students in Master’s or Doctoral programs only.

Research Assistantships (RA)

As a paid RA, PhD students in the research-based stream may assist their supervisor or other researchers in conducting high-level research, which often contributes to the student’s thesis. RAs are typically funded by the supervisor’s grants, contracts or other sources of funding. Contact lead investigators directly to inquire about opportunities.

All Research Assistant positions in the School of Nursing are posted on the School of Nursing Careers Website.

Graduate teaching Assistantships (gta)

As a paid TA, PhD students may assist course instructors in marking examinations, tests, laboratory exercises, or assignments; providing instruction to students in laboratories, discussion periods, tutorials or lectures; invigilating examinations and providing academic assistance to students during office hours.

All Teaching Assistant positions in the School of Nursing are posted on the School of Nursing Careers Website.

Scholarships, Awards & Funding

The College of Graduate Studies is responsible for merit-based graduate awards at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia. The College manages a number of award competitions each year and administers payment of all internal awards and selected external awards. Please visit the College of Graduate Studies for a list of available scholarships and awards, and for more information about application information. Students are expected whenever possible to apply for relevant scholarships and fellowships. These include principally, but are not limited to, Canadian Tri-Council scholarships, University Graduate Fellowships, and Graduate Dean’s Entrance Scholarships. A variety of competitive scholarships are available PhD students. Please consult with faculty for assistance with developing your application:


HOW TO APPLY

Find a Supervisor

If you are applying to the PhD in Nursing Program, please contact members our faculty whose areas of interest align with your research goals before starting your application. Admission to the program requires the support of a faculty supervisor in addition to meeting program-specific criteria for admission.

A complete application package will contain:

  • Record of academic and professional achievement
  • Online application and application fee
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended
  • English language test (for non-native speakers of English)
  • CV or resumé
  • Three reference forms or letters
  • A written Statement of Intent, outlining your proposed research project
  • An academic writing sample (such as a research paper or thesis)

Applying takes time. We recommend you start your application two months in advance. For full consideration students should apply by the following deadlines:

September Intake Application Deadline
Domestic applicants January 15 annually
International applicants January 15 annually

UBC’S OKANAGAN CAMPUS

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. At the School of Engineering on UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

DYNAMIC CITY

UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of about 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna’s cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

NATURAL BEAUTY

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

Check out this 360-degree video: Kelowna From Above.*

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CAMPUS HOUSING

Full-time UBC Okanagan students can live in residence, which offers modern living with easy access to academic and personal support. Residences are surrounded by hiking and biking trails, plus panoramic views of the campus and valley.

OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING

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Clubs: Make friends with similar interests, attend events, and explore career options with the UBCO Nursing Course Union.

Events: Various orientations help graduate students to explore, discover and learn about the School of Engineering, UBC Okanagan, and living in the Okanagan Valley.

Stay active: Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and play—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness and Wellness Centre and our 1,561 square-metre gymnasium, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes and nationally ranked varsity athletics. Have a ball in Sports and Recreation.

Relax: The Graduate Collegium is a gathering place where grad students can hang out, eat lunch, spend time with their fellow students, and attend or host special events. The lounge-style room is open seven days and week and is outfitted with comfortable furniture, kitchen facilities, and individual and group-work spaces.

College of Graduate Studies: Your hub for administrative support and such things as graduate workshops for professional development and for assisting you from the admissions process through to your graduation.

Centre for Scholarly Communication: Supports graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, and faculty in disseminating their research. The Library’s CSC provides one-on-one consultations and workshops, including writing support for theses, dissertations, journal articles, and grant proposals.

Centre for Teaching and Learning: Provides support related to teaching, TA training, and use of technology in educational programming.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

As a professional nurse, and a graduate of the PhD Nursing program, you will be qualified to provide professional nursing services, deliver health-education programs, and provide consultative nursing services to promote, maintain and restore patient health.

OCCUPATIONS

  • Critical care nurse
  • Emergency nurse
  • Hospice/palliative care nurse
  • Labour and delivery staff nurse
  • Neonatal nurse
  • Nephrology nurse
  • Nurse educator
  • Nurse executive
  • Oncology nurse
  • Orthopaedic nurse
  • Perioperative (O.R.) nurse
  • Psychiatric/mental health nurse
  • School nurse
  • Staff nurse

*Additional education or certification may be required for some fields and occupations (e.g., completion of association registration, a professional program, or other specialized studies).

POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS

  • Hospitals and primary health care settings
  • Regional health authorities
  • Rehabilitation and occupational health departments
  • Governmental departments and organizations
  • Community, social, and correctional services
  • Clinics (ambulatory, medical, dental and community)
  • Nursing homes
  • Home care agencies
  • Large corporations and insurance companies
  • Government services (for example, penitentiaries, outpost nursing, the foreign service, the Canadian Armed Forces)
  • Educational institutions

CAREER SERVICES

Map out your future and prepare to hit the ground running with resources and services provided by the Advising & Involvement Centre.

Tell your story with resumé and cover-letter strategies, and search Work Study jobs for experience relevant to your degree and career goals. You can also book an appointment to meet one-on-one with our career advisor.

ALUMNI UBC

alumni UBC is a member-driven association that offers a variety of lifetime programming and communications to enrich the lives of UBC graduates.

The ‘Your Next Step’ program offers webinars, speaker series and professional development sessions. It is designed to provide advice, tips and resources in areas of career development to graduates for life after university.

Realize the promise of a global community with shared ambition for a better world and an exceptional UBC.