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Practicum housing hard to come by for UNBC nursing students

The University of Northern BC says students in its nursing program are having a tough time finding a place to stay during their six-week practicum placements.

Program chair and professor, Dr. Martha McLeod says about 230 nursing students go into northern BC communities each year.

McLeod says there is a broad need for practicum housing, but some communities are more difficult than others when it comes to finding accommodation.

Dr. McLeod says the program focuses on preparing nursing students to work in rural and northern areas.
She says it’s a win for everyone when communities come together to help find space for visiting practicum student.

The Northern Medical Programs Trust has recently put aside more money to assist nursing students, but she says it is a financial burden to maintain their existing home and be away for six weeks.
McLeod says they want students to travel to smaller communities to get the breadth of experience they’ll need if they plan on practicing in the north.

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