Wednesday, December 12, 2012

BSN grad wants to take nurses to the boardroom

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By Tamara Letkeman, doug Editor

Raji Nibber wants to give nurses a stronger voice.

A goal of the Douglas College grad, an oncology nurse at the BC Cancer Agency, is to one day sit on the board of a hospital where she can represent nurses and make their views and opinions heard.

Raji points out that hospital boards are populated by doctors, accountants and lawyers – but almost never by nurses.

“Nurses make up most of the staff at hospitals,” she says. “We spend the most time with the patients, so we know what’s going on with them and we hear what they have to say. Giving a voice to nurses would also be giving a voice to patients.”

But before she can be an effective leader, Raji says she needs to learn more about how the healthcare system works, how the government funds it, policy-making in healthcare, etc. To that end, she is beginning the Master of Science in Nursing program at UBC in January and plans to get her PhD after that. She’s also looking at possibly combining her master’s degree with a degree in law.

“I want to become more informed so that if I am given the opportunity to represent nurses at the boardroom level, I’ll have a better idea of what I am talking about,” she says.

“I want to take nursing viewpoints to places they’re rarely heard.”

Find out more about the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Douglas on our website.