Health Care Assistant’s Day 2021

Health Care Assistant’s Day 2021

Health Care Assistant’s Day

October 18, 2021 marks Health Care Assistant Day in BC!

Join us in celebrating and recognizing all Health Care Assistants in your community this year, to show our appreciation for their hard work and dedication to our health care system.

Health Care Assistants make a tremendous difference in our lives and this annual event has been recognized by unions, educators and employers. Health Care Assistant Day was first officially proclaimed in 2011 by the BC Provincial Government.

Health Care Assistants may have many different job titles including Community Health Worker, Residential Care Aide, Home Support Worker, Long-Term Care Aide, Home Health Aide, Continuing Care Assistant, and Personal Care Aide.

The one thing all Health Care Assistants in BC have in common is that they provide frontline personal care and assistance services to vulnerable patients, clients and residents.

Please take the time on Health Care Assistant Day (October 18, 2021) to recognize and thank Health Care Assistants across British Columbia!

Download the Proclamation here.

What do Health Care Assistants in BC value most about their role?

What do Health Care Assistants in BC value most about their role?

“I love helping clients and being out in the community. We have an amazing team. We are always caring for clients, family, and coworkers. I learn something new each and every day!” 

“I am continuously learning, and I am so grateful that my line of work allows me an endless supply of new knowledge.” 

“I always try to look at the positive and definitely love to bring humour to the workplace. I believe in paying it forward, being kind, and at the end of the day knowing that I made a positive difference in someone’s life and put a smile on their face.” 

Photos and testimonials provided by Interior Health, Providence Health and Vancouver Coastal Health.

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NCAS Field Test

NCAS Field Test

NCAS Field Testing

 

The Nursing Community Assessment Service (NCAS) is seeking current Health Care Assistant (HCA) students, recent HCA graduates and experienced HCAs to field test a new HCA assessment. An honorarium of $100.00 will be provided.

The sessions will take place in person at Langara College in Vancouver on the afternoon of Sunday, May 30th. The sessions will comply with strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure all participants’ safety.

Click here for more information, and to sign up.

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Choose2Care Live Q&A (Video)

Choose2Care Live Q&A (Video)

Choose2Care Live Q&A

This video recording is taken from a live Q&A session on Monday, January 18, 2021, facilitated by the HCA Career Consultant and HCA Administrative Assistant at Health Match BC. Individuals who are in the process of becoming HCAs and may be interested in joining the workforce.

This session was organized to answer any questions about becoming a Health Care Assistant in BC, the recent increase in HCA NCAS fees, supports available through our program and more. The session was well attended and we look forward to organizing more of these in the future! Please visit our Bursary FAQ page for more information about the HCA Career Pathways & Bursary Program.

Watch the ‘Choose2Care Live Q&A’ here:

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Increase in NCAS Fees

Increase in NCAS Fees

Increase in NCAS Fees

HCA NCAS assessment fees are increasing to $2,000 effective January 15, 2021. Please visit the NCAS website for more details.

We are happy to announce that the Health Match BC (HMBC) HCA Career Pathways & Bursary Program will cover the cost of the increased NCAS fees!

As of January 15, 2021, the HMBC NCAS Bursary consists of a one-time payment of $2,000 to help cover the costs associated with the NCAS HCA Competency Assessment. This bursary will be offered to eligible applicants based on available funds remaining.

Click here for more information on the HMBC bursary amounts, expenses covered, and eligibility criteria.

We are looking forward to supporting you through the HCA registration process by providing financial assistance, valuable guidance, and connections to education and employment opportunities.

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Choose2Care Celebrates its 1-year Anniversary

Choose2Care Celebrates its 1-year Anniversary

Choose2Care Celebrates its 1-year Anniversary

Health Care Assistants (HCA) play an essential role in BC’s health care system; they make a significant difference in the everyday lives of seniors, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable clients. In order to increase HCA education enrolment, create opportunities for those with existing HCA competencies in becoming registered HCAs, and ensure that BC residents have access to all forms of care they need, Health Match BC collaborated with The Ministry of Health, the BC health authorities, and other provincial partners to launch the Choose2Care program. Since October 2019, Choose2Care has provided potential HCAs with the information necessary to train, register, and become employed as an HCA.

Choose2Care celebrated its 1st-anniversary last month and reflected on its mission and accomplishments in the previous year. We used our social media accounts to share relevant information, attended and hosted webinars, conferences, and events. We also kept our website updated with helpful resources, created a blog with pertinent content, and launched the HCA Career Pathway and Bursary Program, which provides future HCAs with financial support and guidance to navigate the HCA NCAS assessment and registration processes.

 Andreanne Gariepy, HCA Career Consultant, says, “one of the things we’re most proud of is the HCA Career Pathway and Bursary Program launch and expansion,” and our participants agree! One participant praised the program’s helpfulness saying that whether you are an international graduate, struggling financially, or aiming to learn more, it supports you. Another wrote that this program helps “to ease the burden financially” and “alleviate the anxiety in pursuing [a] chosen career path.” Andreanne adds that the program began with one bursary, the Remedial Education Bursary for NCAS-assessed applicants, but in the last year, was expanded to include four bursaries to better support applicants through the entire HCA registration process. “It’s been such a pleasure to speak with and support hundreds of HCAs. It makes me feel the direct impact this program has. We wouldn’t be here today without our dedicated team,” she says. Choose2Care attributes its success to its excellent partnerships with the BC Care Aide Registry, government employers, educators, industry associations, and those leading and collaborating with them every day.

Choose2Care is celebrating its first year and looking ahead to the many possibilities that the future holds – from engaging more people, identifying new collaborative opportunities, and finding new innovative ways to promote the HCA profession to  communities. They are on the watch and on the rise.

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