Adela Belisario, Complex Continuing Care RPN, Baycrest, IEN from Peru, Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Award-Winner 2014

Lourdes VicenteByLourdes Vicente

Adela Belisario, Complex Continuing Care RPN, Baycrest, IEN from Peru, Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Award-Winner 2014

In Peru I was an operating room nurse for six years. In my home country, health care is a privilege not everyone can afford. But I felt that being a nurse was not only a job but also a commitment to community health. I still feel the same way. As soon as I arrived in Toronto, I started looking for a nursing job and found that it was not going to be as straightforward as I thought. I enrolled in full-time English classes and started working a survival job until midnight, then found out I was pregnant. The turning point on my journey was joining CARE Centre (and having my husband bring my daughter to my nursing classes for breastfeeding!). In 2010, I received my registration from the CNO – they told me I was the first Peruvian RPN in Ontario. IENs help address Ontario’s diversity. The province is blessed with people coming from every corner of the world.

About the author

Lourdes Vicente

Lourdes Vicente editor