Our qualifications:

Bruce Coomber – B.SC., B.Ed.

  • 20 years of professional science teaching and administrative experience in Northern Canadian communities including Yukon, Northern Saskatchewan, and Nunavut
  • Municipal Training Officer
  • Volunteer EMT
  • Current Dean of Education, Caritas College

Marion Coomber RN, SAC Dip. (FHP)

  • 44 years of nursing experience in the UK and Canada including medicine and coronary care specialties, continuing care management, and community health
  • Health and welfare services missionary in Ecuador
  • Previous Regional Director of Operations, home health
  • Diplomas in Media Studies (Communications Arts), Foot Health Practitioner (UK), Leadership in Continuing Care
  • The previous owner of The Foot Nurse Inc. company (9 years)
  • Previous Faculty Instructor, Lethbridge College

Here are a few fun facts about us:

  • Marion has been a foot care nurse for over 15 years and has over 19 years of accumulated teaching experience
  • Bruce has spent 15 years working in indigenous northern communities and is very passionate about relieving suffering and improving outcomes for vulnerable populations
  • We both believe that education should be fun – which is why we incorporate things like games and unique exercises to ensure our students are fully engaged
  • Marion has been in leadership positions with various organizations since the age of 12. Professionally, she has over 20 years of experience in nursing leadership, supervisory, and management roles from unit manager to director of operations and company president. She has also been an entrepreneur for various initiatives since the age of 16.
  • Through his passion for sports, Bruce has taken on leadership, and organizational roles for sporting events for 38 years in various positions including coach, committee chair, club president, umpire, and Chef de Mission. Professionally he has accumulated over 40 years of leadership and management experience in education and municipal administration.

Our story:

Caritas College Instructors

Caritas College was founded with an innovative spirit and two lofty objectives: Firstly, to relieve suffering by improving nursing practical skills in lower limb health management. Secondly, to improve client outcomes by teaching soft practice skills to nurses which would ultimately lead to enhanced and changed clinical practice.

Deeply concerned about nurses’ struggle to succeed as practical care providers, critical thinkers, and managers either in public or independent practice, Marion and Bruce Coomber are on a mission to ensure that every professional nurse or allied healthcare specialist has an opportunity to receive effective professional development through engaging and deep learning approaches that encourage excellence for the best clinician and patient outcomes.

With over 80 years of combined working experience in clinical practice and professional education, business, and leadership experience, we understand how it feels to be overworked, frustrated, and lacking the knowledge and support you need to effectively care for your clients.  We are passionate about providing you with evidence-based and elevated best practices that address gaps in the quality healthcare services you want to provide.

We believe in education that is accessible, engaging, and innovative. And we believe that your professional development should be done around your home, family, and work commitments and not the other way around. It should also be fun! Online and live practical courses with Caritas College mix interactive and entertaining clinical learning with guided independent study.

We offer courses in effective nurse leadership, critical thinking, entrepreneurship, and becoming an advanced foot care specialist, providing you with the opportunity to not only change your own professional life but save the lives and, where applicable, the limbs of others.

By the time you’ve completed our advanced foot care and lower limb health course, you’ll have gained life-saving knowledge that will help relieve the pain and suffering of your senior, diabetic and renal patients who endure lower limb health issues. You will also have valuable leadership skills to take your career to greater heights. As a Nurse Foot Care Specialist, you’ll be able to practice skills in a variety of settings or become an entrepreneur and enter independent practice.

Our Effective Leadership in Nursing program will give all professional nurses the skills needed to become competent supervisors and exceptional leaders.

As a nurse entering independent practice for yourself in whichever specialty of your choice, you’ll have the tools and the skills to navigate the ups and downs of a business in a healthcare start-up.

All professional healthcare workers would benefit from our short-course critical thinking program. You’ll gain the tools and the insights to improve your problem-solving and decision-making skills in both emergency and non-critical situations.

Our Courses

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Entrepreneurship

Learn how to create, launch and run your own private nursing practice. Through the Caritas College Entrepreneurship for Nurses program, we will provide you with wise and experienced instruction, a solid foundation and the tools you will need for starting a small business in nursing.