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The nursing profession can be tough. It brings with it both physical and emotional challenges each day. But being a nurse is also very rewarding and can come with many advantages that make it an extremely satisfying life-long career choice. Sense of Fulfillment There is no doubt that this line of work brings with it a deep sense of fulfillment. From having the opportunity to witness babies taking their first breaths, to the relationships nurses often build with their patients and everything in between, being a nurse is an important and valued position. Nurses have the ability to affect people’s lives in a way that their patients never forget. Always More to Learn As a nurse, there are many options available when it comes to advancing your career. With the appropriate training, you can specialize in many different areas such as emergency, critical care, geriatric, cardiac, psychiatric; the list goes on. You then have...

Passion, Dedication and Heart Res ipsa loquitor (the thing speaks for itself)! Sterling College is not only a name, but it is the flagship of this institution. It is committed in delivering sterling and quality education and training to International Educated Nurses who dream to practice as Registered Nurses here in BC, Canada. The process of the professional reintegration is not easy as one, two, and three. However, the Post Graduate Nursing Certificate Program at Sterling College is a breaking light in the dimmed skies of the International Educated Nurses who like to practice as Registered Nurses here in Canada. It is made available not only to international students but most excitingly for domestic (Citizens and Permanent Residents) students too! The program is led by the top-notch (sterling) RN instructors who are driven by their passion and dedication in the service of the nursing profession and education. The classroom instruction is delivered according...

What makes the Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice at Sterling College special? You’ll be taught by someone who knows exactly what the process is like to get certified in Canada – because she’s done it herself. Meet Jackie: with over 12 years of professional teaching experience around the world, including the Middle East, the Philippines, and Canada, Jackie is known for her balance of stringency and kindness, which leads to extremely high success rates for her nursing students. She knows firsthand how challenging it can be for an Internationally Educated Nurse, even with plenty of experience, to become a Registered Nurse in Canada. Through focusing first on English language skills and vocabulary, followed by skills assessment to prepare students for the national examinations, Jackie helps lead her students to success. Jackie is not only a Registered Nurse in Canada with a current practicing license and lots of ICU experience. She is also...

Becoming a Registered Nurse in Canada For an internationally educated nurse (IEN), the process of becoming a registered nurse (RN) in Canada can seem overwhelming. At Sterling College, we help make the process easier by guiding students every step of the way, giving them the tools needed to become an RN in Canada. What is the NCLEX? The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a national nursing exam that applicants for nurse registration in British Columbia must pass to become a registered nurse. The exam covers topics on the health needs of clients as well as the fundamental processes of nursing practice. A maximum of 6 hours is allowed to complete the exam, and is graded as either a pass or a fail. Tuition and fees paid to Sterling College include the cost of this exam. This takes some of the worry out of planning examinations on the road to becoming an RN...

It’s finally summer, time for beach days, BBQs and patio parties. Most people associate being sick with the colder months, but of course, you can get sick any time of the year. The following are our top tips for staying healthy so you can enjoy the summer months as much as possible. Avoid Processed Foods You probably hear this one all the time. So what are processed foods and why are they so bad for you? Processed foods are foods that have been chemically processed and made from a combination of artificial substances. These  are bad for you because more often than not, they are very high in sugar, contain chemicals that are not really “food” at all (preservatives, artificial colours and flavours) and have little to no nutritional value. So next time you go grocery shopping, try keeping mostly to the outside aisles where you can find the good stuff. (The...

Studying may not be the most exciting way to spend your time, but as a college student, it is something that must be done! Luckily, we have some tips that can make it a little easier. Go to class. Showing up is half the battle! Set an intention before each class to be present, to listen, and to participate. This time is for you, and it’s up to you to make the most of it. Take notes. Taking notes can help you retain information much more effectively than simply listening. Choose the method that suits you best, whether it be taking notes on a laptop or with a pen, but remember that laptops bring distractions, so try not to login to Facebook at the same time! Time Management. Did you ever hear one of your high school teachers say “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail?”. Might be...

Being a student is challenging. Balancing your education with your finances and personal life is no easy task. The solution is to simplify! With these five tips, you can stress less about money and focus more on the other important things in your life. Work part-time. One way to have more money is to make more money! At Sterling College, classes are only 3 days a week, which allows enough extra time in your week to work at least a couple of shifts. This extra cash can be used to start paying off student loans right away, or help you to avoid using a credit card for purchases. Make our own meals. Going out for lunch or dinner can be tempting, but is an unnecessary expense that can be easily avoided. Make sure to always have groceries at home so that you can always make a meal rather than go...

Thinking of coming to Canada to study but feeling overwhelmed when considering where to live? Whether you are planning a homestay or to rent on your own, Vancouver is a beautiful place to live, situated between the ocean and mountains, with a mild climate and endless possibilities for outdoor activities. It also has a variety of neighborhoods, each with it’s own unique qualities. Read on to find out which one could be right for you! Downtown If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city, an active social life and being walking distance from pretty much anything you could need within minutes, then a downtown neighborhood is the one for you. Within the downtown core there are several distinct neighborhoods of their own, such as Yaletown, Gastown, Coal Harbour and Crosstown. Though different, each one does offer plenty of great coffee shops to study at, amazing restaurants to try out, and...

In an era of increasingly connected people and devices, it is important to understand how networks utilize our data both positively and negatively. By now you have probably heard of the term “Internet of Things” or “IOT”. As more objects in our daily lives become “smart”, such as appliances, vehicles and wearable technology, the useful data which they produce will be used to generate value in our lives, while at the same time be used for commercial gain. IOT technology, like most innovations, has its pros and cons. Many fear a Big-Brother-like society of corporations exploiting this data for commercial purposes, and that it is an invasion of our privacy. However, the value they derive from this data more often than not finances or facilitates a service they provide for free. For example, Google uses search activity and personal data to target advertisements to the most receptive audiences. They also use...

How do most people respond when asked about the purpose of a college education? Just under half of the public (47%) says that the main purpose of a college education is to teach work-related skills and knowledge. Another 39%, however, says that college is an opportunity for students to grow personally and intellectually. A little more than one in ten (12%) say the time spent at college should be dedicated to both pursuits. At Sterling College, the consensus of the faculty is assuredly with the latter. This has never been truer than when discussing the subject of virtual reality content production. Employment opportunities in VR have grown 400% since 2016 in areas like content creation and coding, but there are many more VR job titles out there than just as software and hardware developers. Over the past 6 months I have gone from seeing architecture and design firms who a year...