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Patient Speaker – Camosun Nursing 110: Professional Practice

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Open to Vancouver Island Region, Volunteers from the Greater Victoria area

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Do you want to encourage the next generation of health care providers to embrace the potential of patients as partners in quality improvement, patient safety & service redesign initiatives? If so, there is a class of nursing students at Camosun College who is keen to hear from you!
Open to: Volunteers from the Greater Victoria area

Lead Organization or Department

Camosun College


Nursing 110 is a first year introductory course to the profession of nursing.  The topic for the week of Nov 28-Dec 2 is “Client Centered Provision of Service,” where we hope to introduce students to the notion of patient engagement and illustrate the value of including the patient voice in health system redesign, program planning, evaluation & patient safety projects. It’s important to choose the right messenger for conversations about patient engagement.  In this case, we want students to hear from an experienced patient volunteer on the changes they’ve witnessed and contributed to within the healthcare system, and also the factors (including attitudes of health care professionals!) that made those engagements successful.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement ( The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.


  • Open to volunteers in the Greater Victoria area
  • Preference for an experienced patient volunteer who has participated in 3 or more patient engagement places through PVN or a similar network
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Signed the new PVN Volunteer Agreement
  • PVN members need to have previously attended a PVN orientation session. (If you have not attended an orientation but are interested please contact Leah directly to see if accommodations may be possible).


  • Vacancies: 1-2
  • Date & Time: There are two different cohorts for Nursing 110. One group will meet on Tuesday, November 29, between 2:30-5:20, and the other will meet on Thursday, December 1, between 1:30-4:20.
  • Volunteers may indicate their preference to speak to either or both classes.
  • Location: Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus
  • Commitment: 1 (or 2) events.  Patients will be asked to prepare a 15-30 minute presentation about patient engagement and tips for success, suitable to share with first year nursing students.  Note: the PVN Engagement Leader is available to co-develop/edit this presentation if requested.


Parking on campus will be reimbursed on the day of the event(s). Unfortunately, mileage reimbursement is not available.


This course is an introduction to the profession of nursing. Learners explore the history of the profession of nursing and critically reflect on the political and socioeconomic forces that have shaped the evolution of nursing as a profession. Learners examine the professional standards of the College of Registered Nurses' of British Columbia (CRNBC) and ethical perspectives for professional nursing practice. Learners examine the foundational concepts of the Joint Degree Program in Nursing (JDPN) offered by Camosun College and the University of Victoria. Concepts and ideas introduced in this course of study provide a basis for future courses in the Professional Practice and other nursing course streams. Most important, this course will be foundational to the development of a professional identity, and shaping excellence in nursing practice.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Leah Smith
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Southern Vancouver Island


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