"I have been on the Board of Directors of the RPNABC and now the CRPNBC since 1989. During this time and long before, the Board recognized the need for higher education within the profession and focused resources, time and energy in fighting to have baccalaureate education for RPNs. As an RPN/RN the only post basic degree that I could do in nursing was a BScN and that was not where my interest lay. In 2004 I began taking courses at Kwantlen University College as I knew that they were getting close to offering a bachelors degree in psychiatric nursing and this was the degree that I wanted. I learn best through interaction and discussion, and Kwantlen has provided that through their class format. While attending class may not always be convenient it is always stimulating. It gives me an opportunity to meet and work with my peers. It never ceases to amaze me as to what RPNs are doing out there in the world and their interest in furthering their education. It is my belief that a degree program in psychiatric nursing will not only broaden RPN's educational options, it will also bring more credibility to the profession. In this day and age of credentials, post basic education is a must..."
Moyneur, Linda D RPN, RN – a recent graduate of the BPN program
Ministry of Children & Families
"I graduated just a year ago with a Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing. I started working full-time right after graduation as a Forensic Psychiatric Nurse in an In-Patient Unit. While I am thankful and proud of my academic preparation, I realize that I need to learn more to enter more doors and opportunities in Psychiatric Nursing. The demands of nursing practice in the 21st century, especially in our very cultural mosaic and the level of care required for co-occurring health/mental health challenges of our clients/patients/consumers necessitate me to broaden my knowledge base. Therefore, a Bachelor's Degree in Psychiatric Nursing would be an asset to my professional career."
Ellen Romero, RPN