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Telehealth Education Fund

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Purpose

The purpose of the fund is to assist in financing educational opportunities for current and future telehealth nurses and all HealthlinkBC employees. A joint committee between HLBC and the BC Nurses Union (BCNU) has been established to set application criteria. The fund would be administered by the BCNU.

The parties recognize that persons employed in the provision of telehealth services provide a unique service to the citizens of B.C. and other jurisdictions and, in turn, may require different skill levels to provide the desired quality of care. Rapidly evolving health system changes have created an impetus for finding innovative approaches to providing clinical and non-clinical telehealth services.

This fund is intended to support the acquisition of knowledge, skills and abilities that can be applied to the advancement and adoption of information and telecommunications technologies for the delivery of telehealth.

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Eligibility for bursaries

All BCNU members and employees of HealthlinkBC are eligible to apply. Applicants should be able to state how the education program for which they are seeking a bursary will contribute to the advancement of telehealth.

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Education qualifying for bursaries

There are no prescribed areas of education that are mandatory to qualify for bursaries from the Telehealth Fund. However, applicants must be able to clearly state how their desired training will develop their professional skills, how those skills will be integrated into their current or future area of nursing practice, and how they will advance telehealth.

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Bursary amounts

There are no pre-established minimum or maximum amounts established for Telehealth bursaries. Applicants should clearly state the amount they are requesting.

IMPORTANT CHANGE TO FUNDING

As of January 1, 2013, wage replacement will no longer be eligible for funding. Eligible expenses will be limited to:
  • Tuition & related books
  • Conference Fees
  • Wage replacement if applicable
This change does not affect applications received prior to January 1, 2013.

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Application deadlines

Applications deadlines for Telehealth bursaries are:

  • March 31, 2013
  • June 30, 2013
  • September 30, 2013
  • December 31, 2013

Complete an online application

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Award process

  • Applications are received according to the quarterly deadlines outlined above.
  • The Telehealth Bursary Committee meets to review applications approximately one to two weeks after each submission deadline.
  • Applicants are notified by letter of the Committee's decision.
  • Qualifying letters include an expense form and instructions on how to apply for reimbursement.

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Award disbursement

Once the applicant has been advised they have been approved for funding, they must submit the following by mail:

  • a completed expense form with original receipts attached and
  • verification of completion of program, course or conference.

Verification can include:

  • a letter from the educational institution,
  • verification of fees or tuition paid, or
  • transcript.

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How to apply

Click here to follow instructions on how to apply http://telehealth.bcnu.org.

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For further information

Please email telehealth@bcnu.org.

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