Department of Bachelor of Science in Nursing

BSN students learn how to operate equipment like IVs in a clinical setting

With a focus on leadership, the BSN Department encourages students to engage with the nursing practice at the economic, political, social and environmental levels and learn to respond to changing needs in society.

Program spotlight

Years 1 and 2 of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program provide students the fundamentals of nursing practice, including professional, relational and foundational nursing concepts and skills needed to complete undergraduate studies.

Courses

OC students who successfully complete all courses in Years 1 and 2, according to the requirements listed below, will be granted admission to the BSN program at UBC Okanagan to complete the final two years of the program.

Instructors

Carolyn Hawes

Chair - Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Office: Lab Building 222
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4359
Headshot of Carolyn Hawes

After graduating from the UBC BSN program in Vancouver, I spent over 2 years on a Spinal Cord Injury Unit. I then spent 10 years at Children's and Women's Hospital in Vancouver in the Paediatric ICU. Our family then moved to the small town of Invermere, B.C. My professional role included 10 years in a public health nursing role which included teaching prenatal classes and assisting new moms to breastfeed; this role sparked my love for teaching. After obtaining a master's degree in nursing education, I was lucky enough to secure a teaching position in the BSN program here at Okanagan College. I have been teaching since the 2011 inception of the Okanagan College BSN program.

Credentials:
MSN, University of Victoria
BSN, UBC, Vancouver


Susanne Chenoweth

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Office: Lab Building 218
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4372
Headshot of Susanne Chenoweth

I am a professor of nursing in the BSN program at Okanagan College. I joined the BSN team in 2015 and love sharing my passion for nursing with the students in our program. My experience is extensive in the field of cardiac nursing. I have worked in a variety of positions over the course of my career. My experience ranges from working in a cardiac surgery ICU to interventional cardiology, chronic disease management programs, regional educator and manager positions. I am also a facilitator of the smartUBC mindfulness program and hold certifications as a health and wellness coach.

Credentials:
MSN, UBC
RN, UBC


Natalie Crang

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Office: Lab Building 218
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4857
Headshot of Natalie Crang

I graduated with honours from the BCIT RN program in December 2000. While working as a full-time med/surg RN, I completed my BSN through the UBC post RN-BSN program. My interest in women’s health and the maternity setting greatly contributed to completing the BCIT perinatal specialty course in 2004. Recently, I completed my MSN through UBC Okanagan while completing a quality improvement capstone project on the feasibility of interprofessional practice simulations at Okanagan College. Currently, I thoroughly enjoy my work as a full-time College Professor and Lab/Sim Coordinator for the BSN program at Okanagan College. I have a variety of teaching experiences from BCIT, UBC Okanagan, and Okanagan College. I am passionate about learner-centred education, while sharing knowledge and experiences with students entering the profession of nursing. During my spare time, I enjoy camping, cooking, and traveling with her family.

Credentials:
MSN, UBC Okanagan
BSN, UBC
RN, BCIT


Gurpreet Dhatt

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Office: Lab Building 218
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4604
Bachelor Nursing - Dhatt-Gurpreet

 

I joined Okanagan College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program in 2012. I hold a Nursing Diploma from Douglas College, BScN from University of Victoria and a Master of Science in Nursing Degree from UBC Vancouver. Prior to becoming a nurse educator, I worked in various setting such as a community, camp, long-term geriatric, acute medical and surgical nursing to gain nursing experience. Before joining Okanagan College in 2012, I had an extensive teaching background, having worked previous at Vancouver Community College for diploma and degree programs and Graduate Nurse Internationally Educated Re-Entry (GNIE) program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. My teaching career began in 2001. In my spare time, I travel with family and friends. Travel destinations include Mexico, India, China, and Europe. My adrenaline-rushing experiences include zipping the longest zip line in Puerto Vallarta and skydiving in Vancouver.

Credentials:
MSN, UBC
BScN, RN, University of Victoria
Diploma, Nursing, Douglas College

Recent publication


Kelly Henderson

Bachelor Science - Nursing
Office: Lab Building 218
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4372

Monique Karlstrom

Bachelor Science - Nursing
Office: Lab Building 218
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4575

 

I was born and raised in Newfoundland. I obtained my Registered Nurse diploma from Western Memorial Regional Hospital School of Nursing in 1991. I have worked in various roles from front-line nursing to management positions. I was a member of the Skin and Wound Assessment and Treatment (SWAT) Team and held a sharp debridement certification. I worked mainly in the downtown core of Calgary in a multi-site delivery clinic where I specialized in wound care. In 2006, I moved to Kelowna, where I completed a Post Diploma Bachelor of Nursing with distinction from the University of Calgary. In 2018, I completed a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan Campus. As part of my thesis, I completed original research titled, Unsafe Student Nurse Behaviours: The perspectives of expert clinical nurse educators. This research has been published in the journal of Nurse Education in Practice. I taught in the Licensed Practical Nursing program at Okanagan College for five years and since 2012 have been teaching in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. My favorite pastime is spending time with family and friends, and time on my boat.

Credentials:
MSN, Nursing, UBCO


Ashley Neilson

Bachelor Science - Nursing
Office: Lab Building 218
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445
BSN - Ashley Neilson

Camilla Woods

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Office: Lab Building 218
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4651

I originally graduated from Okanagan College in 1991 with my Diploma in Nursing. I nursed in acute care and long term care for 10 years and returned Okanagan University College and completed my Bachelor's in Nursing in 2002. Immediately after my Bachelors degree I began my Master's Degree in Advanced Nursing Practice at the University of Southern Indiana and graduated in 2006. My 10 years before coming to OC I worked in First Nations communities as Community Health Nurse and in Aboriginal post secondary education.

Credentials:
MSN, Bachelor of Nursing, OC


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