Why We Exist
The Registered Nurses Foundation of BC helps address some of the financial costs associated with nursing education through the provision of bursaries. In doing so, we help alleviate some of the pressures on nurses and the health care system.
The demand for nurses is rising. Currently, on any given day in BC there are at least 1,000 nursing vacancies. These shortages mean the needed care that requires nursing support – such as surgical procedures, homecare, and mental health care services – get delayed or postponed.
With the aging of both the population and of nurses themselves, more new nurses will be needed to fill this gap as a person’s health care needs generally increase with age and as nurses reach retirement age.
The need to help educate new nurses and provide a higher level of education for current nurses has arguably never been greater.
“Over twenty years ago, I was fortunate to receive a bursary for $1000 from the Dorothy Kergin Baccalaureate bursary at a time when I desperately needed it. It is with gratitude that I now replace that money ‘with interest’, with the hope that some nurse will get the same opportunity that I did. This is my opportunity to pay it forward. If possible, please use this money for the Dorothy Kergin bursary”. ~A grateful bursary recipientLauren Spilsbury