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Patient Advisor, Patient Simulation Education Series

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Open to Fraser – Vancouver Coastal, Volunteers in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley

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Would you be able to draw on your personal experience as a patient or family member to help nurses practice clinical assessment, communication and patient and family-centered care? If so, consider participating in two-three meetings which will inform the creation of a learning scenario for nurses at Providence Health!

Open to: Volunteers in the Lower Mainland & Fraser Valley

Lead Organization or Department

Providence Health Care, Professional Practice Office


The Patient Simulation Education Series aims to improve patient care through opportunities for learning and development of nursing practice. This is an opportunity to provide input into the next scenario for the patient simulation series which will include a patient and family members.

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.


  • Able to speak from personal experience in a hospital setting as a patient or family member to inform the creation of a learning scenario for nurses.
  • Experience in adult education and/or a background in a health care would be an asset.
  • Patients should have previously attended a PVN orientation session and signed the Volunteer Agreement. If you have not attended an orientation but are interested, please contact the engagement leader directly to see if accommodations may be possible.


  • Vacancies: 2
  • Two-three in-person meetings will be held to formulate a rough draft of the scenario for the new series and then patients will participate in creating a final recommendation for the newly created scenario. Meetings will likely be in the afternoon for approximately 2 hours, with the first one scheduled for mid/late January.
  • At the conclusion, the patient partners will be invited to attend a Patient Simulation Workshop of the series to see the patient actors and scenario we created together in action.


Expenses related to travel (i.e. transit, parking up to $18/day, approved mileage) to attend sessions will be reimbursed by Providence Health Care.


The Professional Practice office is committed to providing adult learning opportunities to nurses and allied health to improve the provision of nursing care to patients and their families. Current workshop offerings include interactive simulation workshops with Patient Simulation Actors who help nurses practice clinical assessment, communication and patient- and family-centered care. This learning opportunity came about because of a donation to support nursing education from a person whose family member received care at a PHC hospital.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Karen Estrin
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Lower Mainland & Sunshine Coast


From Our Community

Derek Koch

Spiritual Health Practitioner and Patient- and Family-Centred Care Lead — Kelowna General Hospital

Derek Koch

The bottom line is because we’re caring for patients. People who know best are those who are receiving the care so it makes logical sense that we would consult with them about their experiences. By connecting with PVN we have been able to educate our teams about the value of patient partners and how important their perspective is in our services.