Practical Nursing Program – Practical Nursing – College of the Rockies, Cranbrook


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Practical Nursing

The two-year Practical Nursing (PN) diploma program helps prepare graduates to give qualified professional care to individuals and families in a variety of settings.

As of September 2012, the diploma program will deliver an expanded curriculum over four semesters, with a training break in the May to August period between Year 1 and Year 2. (Previously, the certificate program was delivered as a one-year program with 50 weeks of instruction).

The new program covers new nursing competencies, puts more emphasis on critical thinking, and supports increased levels of autonomy and leadership.

Graduates are eligible to write the CPNRE exams in September of their graduating year for licensure as a Practical Nurse.

Loan Forgiveness for Practical Nursing student graduates staying in BC and working in an under serviced community: Graduates from eligible schools in nursing (including practical nursing, nurse practitioners, registered psychiatric nurses and registered nurses) will have all outstanding BC Student Loan debt forgiven at a rate of 20 percent per year of practice in an underserved community. They must agree to fill a vacancy at a publicly funded facility in a full-time, part-time or casual-on-call capacity.

Students in Nursing programs are eligible for up to a $2,000 bursary if they apply for a BC student loan. They will automatically be assessed when they apply. This is based on financial need.

For more information on loan forgiveness they can go to the StudentAid BC website at www.studentaidbc.ca

Located in the Kootenay Rocky Mountains of southeastern BC, College of the Rockies offers students lifestyle and learning opportunities to match our spectacular surroundings.

College of the Rockies

  • 2700 College Way, Box 8500,
    Cranbrook B.C. V1C 5L7
  • Ph. (250) 489-2751
  • Fax (250) 489-1790
  • TOLL FREE: 1-877-489-2687

Canmore and Kananaskis – Hiking Trails and Hiking Information, Canadian Rockies #rockies


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Hiking Trails Hiking Information
Kananaskis Country, Canmore surrounding area

Hiking is one of the main activities in the Canadian Rockies that can be enjoyed by everyone. You will find anything between easy, shorter hikes to long day hikes around Canmore and Kananaskis Country.

Visit our Hiking Tours & Guiding Services page to find local companies offering guided hiking tours, interpretative hikes, wildlife viewing and multi day hiking trips.

Fantastic memorable experiences for visitors to the Rockies

Popular Hiking Trails

Following is a selection of some popular hiking trails in the area:

Centennial Ridge – South Approach Hiking Trail

Difficulty Rating: Very Difficult

Time: 9 hours return

Distance: 13.8 km return

Elevation gain: 1350 metres

Location: From Canmore, drive 35 km east on Highway 1 towards Calgary to the Highway 40 exit and drive south into Kananaskis Country. The trailhead is 23 km. south at the Ribbon Creek Day Use area near Kananaskis Village.

Description: This trail offers some of the best views of any trail in this area. Constructed by Calgary s Rocky Mountain Ramblers to celebrate Canada s Centennial in 1967, it s the highest maintained trail in Canada. At the sign in the Ribbon Creek parking lot, go north on Hidden Trail. After hiking about 200 meters, tum left and start the long climb to Centennial Ridge. The views are well worth it. Don t forget to bring your camera!

Centennial Ridge – North Approach Hiking Trail

Difficulty Rating: Very Difficult

Time: 12 hours return

Distance: 21 km return

Elevation gain: 1400 metres

Location: From Canmore, drive 7 km east on Highway 1 towards Calgary and use Alpine Resort Haven exit. The trailhead parking lot is 1.25 km, just before the Resort.

Description: At the trailhead follow the road under the Skogan Pass power lines which swings west toward 2 creeks. After the first creek, turn left and follow the road – there are red markers on the south of the creek. It is an extremely steep road which climbs past several coal seams, but it eventually eases after gaining about 500 metres of elevation. The road ends near the treeline and a narrow trail takes you along the slopes of Mount Collembola. The trail continues up a dangerous grassy slope (Use Caution!) where eventually the precipice of Mount Lougheed can be enjoyed. The walk up to the summit of Mount Allan has some of the best views in the Rockies – from Mount Temple up near Lake Louise to the skyscrapers of Calgary.

Ribbon Falls Hiking / Mountain Biking Trail

Difficulty Rating: Moderate

Time: 7 hours return (hiking)

Distance: 16.5 km return

Elevation gain: 300 metres

Location: From Canmore, drive 35 km east on Highway 1 towards Calgary to the Highway 40 exit and drive south into Kananaskis Country. The trailhead is 23 km. south at the Ribbon Creek Day Use area near Kananaskis Village.

Description: The trail follows along Ribbon Creek up a narrow valley to a view of Ribbon Falls. The medium grade and several waterfalls has made it a great hike for families, with the first 4 km open to mountain bikes. There is a campground for those wishing to make this an overnight hike. 2 hours further (1.8 km / 200 metre rise) is Ribbon Lake, which also has a campground. Note: This section is extremely strenuous with 3 chains that you must haul yourself up a cliff with.

Grotto Canyon Hiking Trail

Difficulty Rating: Light

Time: 1.5 hours return

Distance: 4 km return to the waterfall

Elevation gain: 50 metres

Location: From Canmore, drive 14 km east on Highway 1A towards Calgary and the Grotto Mountain trailhead is on the left side.

Description: This trail leads up a creek bed into a narrow canyon of gray limestone walls. From the trailhead, go west along the powerline past the Baymag Plant and go right where the sign points into the woods. Follow the creek bed up to the fork at the end of the trail. On the right branch, up 50 metres is a small waterfall, and the left branch continues up the creek bed to a wide valley with hoodoos. You ll want to give yourself extra time for this journey, perhaps another 1.5 hours.

Elevation gain: 500 metres

Location: From Canmore, drive 35 km east on Highway 1 towards Calgary to the Highway 40 exit and drive south into Kananaskis Country. The trailhead is 32 km. south at the Galatea Day Use area.

Description: The trail crosses Galatea Creek nine times, with a rock cliff along the river. For the more adventurous, try the 1.2 km, 200 metre elevation extra hike to the Lower Galatea Lake. There is a campground at Lillian Lake for those wishing to make this an overnight hike.

Useful Hiking Resources

Preparedness and experience is key when hiking in the backcountry. Following is a list of useful websites providing helpful information for hiking in Kananaskis Country and nearby Banff National Park.

Canmore Biking Walking Trails

The town of Canmore has an extensive and well marked trail system that is suited for the novice. You can take in the surrounding mountain scenery at a leisurely pace and end with a visit to the downtown area and it s numerous speciality stores, galleries and coffee shops. Find information and maps about biking and walking trails in Canmore, Alberta on the Town of Canmore website.


Hospice – Palliative Care Association of the Rockies #hotels #in #key #west

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Welcome to the Hospice Palliative Care Association of the Rockies Find-a-Provider page. Here you can find a provider that’s right for you, whether you or your loved one lives in Denver or Durango — or some other part of the state. Click arrow for details. Read More

Our 2015 Fall Conference presented national experts from a leading national hospice, a leading hospice analytics firm, an inspirational author as well as the founder of the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation. We hope to see you in Spring 2016. Read More

Our resource center for families and patients will answer many of your questions regarding hospice and palliative care. It includes frequently asked questions and resource links, as well as help for veterans and those grieving a pet. Read More

News from the Blog

The Colorado Dept. of Health Care Policy Financing (HCPF) has announced the creation of the Colorado Medicaid Enrollment and.

Home Care, Home Health Hospice Conference Theme: New Horizons, New Solutions May 4-6, 2016 – Keystone Resort Conference.

Hospice, Home Care Home Health Conference Theme: New Horizons, New Solutions May 4-6, 2016 – Keystone Resort Conference.

Conference rates are deeply discounted for HPCAR members. Join or renew your membership today to take advantage of lower registration.

Hospice, Home Care, Home Health Conference Theme: New Horizons, New Solutions May 4-6, 2016 – Keystone Resort Conference.

This year s Rocky Mountain Hospice Home Care conference is Thursday-Friday, May 5 6, with pre-conference sessions on Wednesday.