Quote from hello123
BCIT is indeed competitive to get in, but take note that they have shrunken their degree to a 3-year format and have disallowed students to become ESN's during the program. Instead they have replaced it with co-op preceptorships (paid via a bursary format) in the last semester. That means a few things:
1. ESNs can get seniority while they work for a health authority as they are seen as casual employees. Hospitals who use ESNs tend to favour them over other types of new grads, because they have already proven they can taken on their own patient load (without a preceptor). ESNs have access to internal job postings upon graduation, where other regular new grads do not and must apply externally (and sometimes there is not much externally).
2. In a weak job market, having that ESN connection can really make the difference between finding employment after graduation, to having no employment at all and possibly having to relocate elsewhere.
So be sure you carefully consider this when applying for a nursing program in the lower mainland.
Personally, I have some very opposite views on your points
I think BCIT has a great program, but I'm getting the sense that you don't agree.
-yes, BCIT students get paid for preceptorships while other schools do not, and instead get paid for ESN. To me, those are equal. You are still making money while in school.
-a 3 year program is not necessarily a bad thing? It's not for everyone, but certainly is a great option for those looking to finish faster than 4 years.
-yes, you could get a job from your ESN, but I know many students who have received job offers from their preceptorships as well. It makes sense too: you are done school after that term and looking for a job, instead of still going back to school for another 1-2 years (which an ESN would do)
-to my knowledge, ESNs take on 2 pts, while in preceptorships you take on the full load of the nurse. you are not at a disadvantage by going to BCIT!
Another point to consider is that BCIT has a great reputation, and I have heard nothing but favourable comments about the BCIT program from staff during my rotations. Just adding my