RBC Foundation donates $1 million to fund new nurse program at St. Paul's Hospital



    
    One of Canada's largest-ever donations for nursing to an academic health
    centre will provide important mentorship opportunities and improve
    patient care
    

    VANCOUVER, May 7 /CNW/ - Nurses at St. Paul's Hospital will soon benefit
from an innovative new mentorship and education program thanks to a landmark
$1-million donation from the RBC Foundation. This milestone contribution will
support the establishment of the new RBC Leadership Program for Nursing
Innovation, which will provide nurses at St. Paul's Hospital with improved
education and mentorship opportunities.
    The establishment of the new program will allow St. Paul's to enhance the
ability of nurses to further develop their skills and advance their careers.
Funding from RBC Foundation will be used to enhance current educational
opportunities and provide coaching for nurses who are starting out in their
careers, allowing them to learn from experienced nurse "mentors". The RBC
Leadership Program for Nursing Innovation has been created to help St. Paul's
recruit and retain registered nurses who are critical to delivering the high
quality, compassionate care that St. Paul's Hospital is known for.
    "We have exceptional resources within our experienced nursing staff,"
said David Byres, Vice-President of Clinical Programs, Chief Professional
Practice and Nursing at Providence Health Care. "Mentorship ensures that their
skills and knowledge are passed down to newer nurses so they can supplement
and enhance the learning and training that they received in school to
ultimately deliver better patient care."
    "RBC is proud to support the establishment of the RBC Leadership Program
for Nursing Innovation," said Graham MacLachlan, RBC Regional President. "We
recognize the importance of attracting and retaining registered nurses to
British Columbia and the great value in early career nurses learning from
experienced, senior nurses."
    "We are incredibly grateful for this very generous gift," said Stephen
Shapiro, President and CEO of the St. Paul's Hospital Foundation. "RBC's
investment is a powerful recognition of the integral role that nurses play in
our health care system and will transform the hospital's nurse education
program."
    The RBC Leadership Program for Nursing Innovation is comprised of two
main components. The first is the RBC Nursing Mentorship Program itself, which
will provide early career nurses with dedicated mentor training and long-term
career coaching. The RBC Nursing Education Awards are the second component.
Each year, St. Paul's nurses can apply for awards to pursue a wide variety of
educational opportunities. The first education awards will be given out May
11, marking the start of Nursing Week across Canada.
    "RBC has shown great vision and generosity in providing the funds needed
to start this important new program," said Dianne Doyle, President and CEO of
Providence Health Care. "This new program will not only be a tremendous
benefit to our nurses but also to the many patients who come to us from
throughout British Columbia each year."

    About RBC

    RBC believes in building prosperity by contributing to the communities in
which we live and work. We are now one of Canada's largest corporate donors,
and we support a broad range of community initiatives, through donations,
sponsorships and employee volunteer activities. In 2008, RBC contributed more
than $99 million to community causes worldwide. As a founding member of
Imagine Canada, RBC is committed to donating at least one per cent of our
average annual net income before taxes.

    About St. Paul's Hospital

    St. Paul's Hospital, an academic health centre located in downtown
Vancouver, is part of Providence Health Care, one of Canada's largest
faith-based health providers. With close to 4,000 staff and physicians, St.
Paul's is one of two adult care provincial academic health sciences centres
affiliated with UBC, providing cutting-edge research and training programs
across more than 30 clinical areas. The hospital is a major provincial
teaching facility, offering training for future doctors, nurses, other health
professionals and researchers. Each year at St. Paul's approximately 1,000
nursing students receive practical skills training. St. Paul's Hospital
Foundation raises funds to support enhanced patient care, research, teaching
and equipment needs at St. Paul's Hospital.





For further information:

For further information: Media contacts: St. Paul's Hospital Foundation,
Leslie Dickson, (604) 806-9850; RBC Public Affairs, Christie Smith, (604)
665-4031

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