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Patient Partner Speaker, Okanagan College Bachelor of Science Nursing Program



Commitment: Short-term

Connection methods: Virtual, In-person

Open to Interior Region, Okanagan area


Volunteer Opportunity
Impact the future of nursing! Okanagan College Bachelor of Science Nursing program is seeking patient partner speakers to share their stories and experiences in the health care system.


Lead Organization/Department
Okanagan College Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Okanagan College Bachelor of Science in Nursing program is seeking patient partners to share their experiences in the health care system, and to present the educational topic of Person and Family Centered Care as part of a second-year relational practice course. Patient partners will each speak for 45-60 minutes to students with a prepared presentation.

Level of Engagement
This opportunity is at the level of inform on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that you will be provided with balanced and objective information to assist in understanding alternatives and solutions.

• Open to patient partners from: Interior Health region.
• Are willing & comfortable to share their health journey and experience as a patient, family member or caregiver.
• Experience and/or comfort in speaking to groups of 20 or more people who are novices on a topic.
• Comfortable with using Zoom is an asset, but not a requirement.
• Please note:
– As connection and relationship building is important, we may like to meet with short listed patient partners as part of our selection process in an informal interview between the patient partner and the health care partner.
– Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Patient Partner Commitments form. If you have not attended an orientation session but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Charmaine Niebergall directly to see if accommodations may be possible.
– As required by the October 14, 2021 Public Health Order released by the Provincial Health Officer, proof of vaccination is required to access any in-person meetings at a health care site. Proof of vaccination can be provided by way of a Vaccination Passport or Vaccination card, along with government issued photo ID. For patient partnership activities that are virtual only (via Zoom, video conference, phone, etc.), proof of vaccination is not required.

• Number of vacancies: 2
• Date/Time: 45-60mins Monday from 4:00-5:00pm around September 19 2022.
• Location:
– In-person preferred, Okanagan College Kelowna Campus.
– If there are concerns with coming in person, a virtual Zoom option could be explored
• Commitment: 45mins-60 mins presentation, plus additional time to plan and write notes for the presentation in collaboration with the health care partner.

A parking pass can be provided by the health care partner in advanced if requested for the on-site, in person presentation. No other out-of-pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity. However, if you meet the eligibility criteria but have concerns about your ability to participate, please contact Charmaine Niebergall to see if support options are available. We are always seeking to better understand and reduce barriers to participation.

Okanagan College offers the first two years of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program in partnership with UBC Okanagan. Students who enroll complete the first two years at Okanagan College then transition to UBC to complete their four-year degree. Upon completion of the four years, students are registered nurses practicing in our community. The curriculum offered at Okanagan College is the same as UBC Okanagan.  Our cohort is small only 26 students.

The topic of Person and Family Centered Care is part of a second-year relational practice course in the BSN program. The students have spent time learning about themselves through learning mindfulness, developing self-awareness and the skill of active listening.

In this particular course we start looking at the relationship between the healthcare provider and the patient and family experience. The size of the group that the patient partners will be presenting to is approximately 30 students. Should there be any concerns about being able to present in-person, the session could be adjusted to be offered virtually via Zoom.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Charmaine Niebergall Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Vancouver Island 778.700.2064

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.