BCIT Nursing alumnus-turned-instructor offers support as frontline healthcare worker

In a time when Health Officials are urging people to stay home and practice social (physical) distancing, communities across the country are finding creative ways to share their encouragement and appreciation for the selfless and compassionate healthcare workers who are tirelessly working around the clock to care for those impacted by COVID-19.

Our industry partner at Global BC is sharing their appreciation for frontline healthcare workers with a daily shout out to a BC health hero on the Global News at Six. This past Sunday’s acknowledgement was one that touched many in the BCIT community.

The segment featured BCIT Bachelor of Nursing Instructor and Emergency Specialty Nursing alumnus Pawan Varaich. Pawan is an instructor but since the COVID-19 pandemic, he’s picked up extra shifts as an ER nurse at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

“We are so proud and thankful for Pawan’s selfless efforts in caring for patients who have tested positive from COVID-19. His actions leave an inspiring and valuable lesson for students to be lifelong learners who foster health and wellbeing in community,” said Lisa Chu, Dean, BCIT School of Health Sciences.

Supporting the wellbeing of frontline workers is a matter that hits close to home for BCIT. Many of our alumni are frontline healthcare workers who are key in battling the COVID-19 pandemic while several of our nursing instructors have returned to the healthcare system as additional support during this overwhelming and difficult time. Thank you to everyone working on the frontline!

Watch Pawan’s recognition on Global BC at Six (from 19m30s to 20m40s).

SEE MORE: BCIT launches fast-track education course to support COVID-19 healthcare workers

For more information from BCIT about COVID-19, please visit bcit.ca/covid-19

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For all non-health related questions related to COVID-19, please call, 1-888-COVID19. This line is established by the Province of British Columbia and covers everything from travel recommendations to social distancing. This line is open daily from 7:30 am to 8 pm. Information is available in more than 110 languages. Alternatively, text 604-630-0300 for more information.

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