May 25, 2020

YELLOWKNIFE, NT – Laura McBride, Clinical Coordinator for the Surgical Unit of Stanton Territorial Hospital, has been chosen as the 2020 Preceptor of the Year for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Aurora College. She was nominated by graduating BSN student John Mark (JM) Mabilog.

The Preceptor of the Year award is presented annually by the Aurora College BSN program to a preceptor who goes above and beyond expectations in promoting student learning and achievement, serves as an outstanding role model for Registered Nursing practice, promotes the preceptor role among colleagues in practice, and demonstrates excellence in teaching and learning. Graduating students are invited to submit a nomination letter for a preceptor they feel meets these qualifications.

In addition to the above criteria, Mabilog describes McBride as being a caring preceptor who creates a supportive environment and provide many opportunities for students to meet their personal learning goals. Faculty note McBride’s efforts to support her colleagues in fulfilling the preceptor role and her ability to give the feedback necessary for students to grow into excellent practitioners. McBride has preceptored Aurora College BSN students for several years.

Aurora College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program faculty and students congratulate Laura McBride on receiving this award, which was presented at Stanton Hospital recently as part of the National Nursing Week celebrations.

Aurora College appreciates and recognizes all of our preceptors, as well as the practicum and clinical supervisors who provide mentorship, guidance, and professional wisdom to all of the students in our School of Health and Human Services programs. Aurora College is accepting applications for programs beginning in fall 2020. Apply online at


“Aurora College is grateful to Laura McBride and all preceptors who graciously teach and mentor nursing students. Our program success relies on their commitment. Volunteering to be a preceptor is an additional responsibly to working nurses, especially during a pandemic. Preceptors are role models and have a lasting impact on student learning, Aurora College appreciates and honours preceptors. Happy Nurses Week!”
-Jodi Brennan, Chair, School of Health and Human Services, Aurora College

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Aurora College delivers academic upgrading, trades and industrial training, certificate, diploma and degree programs to more than 3,000 full and part-time students at three campuses, 21 Community Learning Centres and other community sites in the Northwest Territories. Community-centred post-secondary programs reflect Northern culture and the needs of the Northern labour market. Aurora College’s research division, Aurora Research Institute, conducts, supports, and licenses research in the NWT. Research centres are located in in Inuvik, Yellowknife and Fort Smith.

For more information, please contact:
Jayne Murray                                                                           
Manager, Communications & College Relations 
Aurora College                                                             
Phone: 867-872-7021