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Interviewee, Enhancing BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) Student Nurses’ Communication & Interview Skills

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Commitment: One-time

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Fraser Valley & Lower Mainland, Patient partners across BC

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The BCIT Nursing Program supports the goal of good health and well-being for all persons. Help our future nurses put into action their health interview skills to better understand your health journey and perspectives by volunteering for an interview.
Aim:To give newly enrolled student nurses an opportunity to develop their communication skills and develop an understanding of how the health care journey impacts what patients go through and ultimately their health outcomes.
Background:At BCIT, student nurses start their first term in a community rotation. During this rotation, student nurses meet older patients with long term medical condition(s) who live in the community. We believe interviewing patient partners will provide the students with an opportunity to practice their communication skills. BCIT Nursing students and instructors will be involved in this initiative and confidentiality will be maintained.
Number of vacancies: 24-36
Date and Time: Interviews to be scheduled between October 2nd-October 17th, 2023 at a time that is convenient for patient partners (interviews will last between 15-30 minutes)
Location: Telephone or Zoom interviews
Commitment: One time

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of Consult on the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation.


  • Willing & comfortable to share health care experiences in a group setting
  • Specific health care experiences [details below]
  • Have access to technology and the internet to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • Comfortable using technology to attend online/virtual meetings
  • An interest in improving health care services
  • The time to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • Open to patient partners across the province who: • Have previous/current experience as a patient or family member/caregiver of a person who has accessed the health care system • Ideally would be an older adult (55 years of age or older) with long term medical condition(s) (for example diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, etc.), however younger older adults (between 45 - 55 years of age) experiencing long term medical condition(s) would meet the eligibility criteria • Are willing & comfortable to share their health journey and experience as a patient, family member or caregiver • Have access to a phone (for a phone meeting) or computer (for a Zoom meeting)
Patient Partners ARE required to be PVN members to participate in this engagement opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Diane De Stefano Faculty - Term 1 Term Lead, BSN - Nursing | BCIT (604) 837-6350

From Our Community

Ovey Yeung

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Ovey Yeung

Being involved in the Patient Voices Network has broadened my understanding of the system and helped me empathize with health care challenges and limitations. What matters to me is to walk away feeling that my experience matters, that I matter!