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Press Release: 2019 Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Award

2019 Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Award Call for Nominations Press Release


 

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
Announces the Call for Nominations for the
2019 Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Awards

 

The Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Award was established in 2011 and is presented every year to outstanding internationally educated nurses (IENs) who are members of CARE Centre. The award was named in honour of the late Dr. Joan Lesmond, a nurse leader who championed diversity and inclusiveness. CARE Centre announced the 2019 Call for Nominations during National Nursing Week May 5th – 11th. The nomination kit and more information are available at: www.care4nurses.org/ienaward.
The deadline is Monday, September 16th, 2019.

“We’re proud to launch the 2019 IEN of the Year Awards in conjunction with National Nursing Week to highlight IENs’ contributions to health care in Canada,” said CARE Centre Executive Director Ruth Lee. “Our Internationally Educated Nurses reflect the diverse population in the Canadian Mosaic and bring global experience to the healthcare workplace. Every year we have an incredible field of candidates to consider, and all our member IENs should feel proud of achieving a nomination. The IENs awarded the recognition are exceptional in their dedication to nursing and patient care, and have extraordinary stories about the challenges they faced on their journey to relaunch their career in Canada.”

The 2018 Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) IEN of the Year Award was presented to Anna Ke, an IEN from the Philippines who is a professional practice leader at the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care. Novlette Delisser-Francis, a staff nurse working at Carbonear General Hospital in Newfoundland, won the 2018 RN Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Award.

Over 4,000 nurses from more than 100 countries have accessed services and supports at CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses since 2001. CARE Centre is a not-for-profit professional organization funded by the Government of Ontario. CARE Centre provides IENs with the one-on-one case management, language and communication skills, exam preparation, professional development, mentoring and networking to be successful in the nursing profession. CARE Centre recognizes the value of nurses with diverse education and experience and is committed to advocating for their full contribution to Ontario’s health care system. CARE Centre for IENs is a registered charity (Charitable Number 84420 5948 RR0001). To learn more about CARE Centre and its work, please visit www.care4nurses.org.

**Please note our new address

For more information please contact:

Tina Novotny, BA, BJ, MA
Communications Specialist
CARE Centre for IENs
128A Sterling Road, Suite 202
Toronto, Ontario M6R 2B7
416-226-2800 ext. 240
tnovotny@care4nurses.org

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Upcoming January/ February CARE Centre Events

CPR – Level HCP Health Care Provider
Certification Workshop Toronto

Download PDF HERE

Date: January 18, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 2 pm (30-min. break)
Location: CARE Centre (Toronto Office) 128A Sterling Road
Instructor: Lisy John, a certified First Aid and CPR instructor through St. John
Ambulance, and a certified BLS instructor through Heart and Stroke Foundation
Basic Life Support or BLS is mandatory for all medical professions.
This session covers:

* High-quality CPR for adults, children and infants and its impact on survival
* Appropriate use of AED
* Choking relief for adults, children and infants
* Ventilation techniques
* Opioid-associated life-threatening emergencies

You will receive certification in C.P.R. – Level HCP

Fee: $60.00
Payment: Cash, MasterCard or Visa
Registration: “First come, first serve” basis only.
DEADLINE: Friday, January 11 at 4pm
Fees are non-refundable after January 11, 2018
Register Now: Be sure to contact your case manager before signing up. To register call Bradley at 416-226-2800 x 221. . Deadline to register January 18, 2019

 


CPR – Level HCP Health Care Provider
Certification Workshop Peel

Download PDF HERE

You will receive certification in C.P.R. – Level HCP
Date: January 25, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 2 pm (30-min. break)
Location: CARE Centre (Peel office)
Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care
5510 Mavis Road, Mississauga
Instructor: Lisy John, a certified First Aid and CPR instructor through St. John Ambulance, and a certified BLS instructor through Heart and Stroke Foundation
Fee: $60.00

Basic Life Support or BLS is mandatory for all medical professions.

This session covers:

* High-quality CPR for adults, children and infants and its impact on survival
* Appropriate use of AED
* Choking relief for adults, children and infants
* Ventilation techniques
* Opioid-associated life-threatening emergencies

You will receive certification in C.P.R. – Level HCP

Payment: Cash, MasterCard or Visa

DEADLINE: Friday, January 18 at 4pm Fees are non-refundable after January 18, 2018
Contact: Bradley to register at 416-226-2800 ext. 221


IENCAP /OSCE Preparation

Download PDF HERE

$550

In-class  – 6 weeks starting from March 7 – 08:30 am – 5pm

Location: 128A Sterling Road, Toronto Suite 202

Deadline: February 26, 2019 at 4pm

 


CAS Workshop for IENs

Download PDF CAS Flyer January 2019 Toronto

Date & Time: February 1, 8, 15 – 2019; 9am – 2:30pm
Location: Toronto office – 128A Sterling rd, Suite 202
Registration Deadline: Tuesday January 22 at 3pm
Fee: $150 (Fees are non-refundable after January 22, 2019)

Contact: Bradley to register at 416-226-2800 ext. 221

 


Networking for Nurses

Download PDF HERE

Date & Time: February 15 2019; 10am – 12pm
Location: Online
Registration Deadline: Tuesday January 22 at 3pm
The traditional methods of managing the job search and moving ahead in an organization are becoming less applicable to today’s society. The most successful workers are those who understand how to leverage their skills and qualifications through effective networking. This free online workshop, will explore various networking tools, with a focus on LinkedIn’s capacity to boost your professional visibility.
Fee: Free!!

The workshop will be facilitated by:
 Dr. Ruth Lee, Executive Director of Care and Associate Clinical Professor at McMaster University
 Mehrzad “Nicholas” Ghadiri, B.A. Expert Hurman Resources and eLearning Specialist

Register Now: Be sure to contact your case manager before signing up. To register call Bradley at 416-226-2800 x 221.


 

Networking for Nurses

Go-to-meeting Only – February 15, 10:00 am – 12 noon

The traditional methods of managing the job search and moving ahead in an organization are becoming less applicable to today’s society. The most successful workers are those who understand how to leverage their skills and qualifications through effective networking. This free online workshop, will explore various networking tools, with a focus on LinkedIn’s capacity to boost your professional visibility.

Register Now: Be sure to contact your case manager before signing up. To register call Bradley at 416-226-2800 x 221.

 


IEN Orientation

Download PDF HERE

Date & Time: February 1 2019; 10am – 12pm
Location: 7700 Hurontario Street, Unit 601, Suite 100 Brampton Ontario L6Y 4M3 st

To register please call: 905-457-4747 Ext. 3013 or email us: nic@tcet.com


ECG 1 and 2

$50

In-class only – February 1st – 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Location: 5510 Mavis Road, Main Floor, Peace Corner Room, Mississauga

ECG – Electrocardiography is used to measure the rate and regularity of heartbeats, as well as the size and position of the chambers, the presence of any damage to the heart, and the effects of drugs or devices used to regulate the heart, such as a pacemaker. This workshop will focus on the anatomy of the heart, the cardiac cycle, the correct lead placement for a 12-lead ECG, assessing an ECG tracing, Normal Sinus Rhythm, Atrial Arrhythmias, Ventricular arrhythmias, AV and Blocks, Bundle Branch Blocks, Injury/ Ischemia/ Infarcts.

NB: Clients are encouraged to register in the Observational Job Shadowing Program (OJS) if you are interested in extending the learning you received in class. The OJS placement will last 3 full shifts and will be offered in an acute setting. Please note that you will be exposed to all the nursing activities that happen during the shift. This will also be your chance to network and ask any questions you may have to the expert nurse.

A certificate of participation will be issued upon completion.

Register Now: Be sure to contact your case manager before signing up. To register call Bradley at 416-226-2800 x 221. . Deadline to register January 25, 2019


WoundCare 1 and 2 

$50

In-class only – March 1st – 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location: 5510 Mavis Road, Main Floor, Peace Corner Room, Mississauga

By the end of this workshop you will be able to

*Identify and differentiate the different types of wounds :Pressure Ulcer, Skin Tears, Venus Leg Ulcer, Arterial Ulcer, Diabetic Foot Ulcer
*Describe the stages of wound healing
*Apply dressings and various wound products for different types of wounds

NB: Clients are encouraged to register in the Observational Job Shadowing Program (OJS) if you are interested in extending the learning you received in class. The OJS placement will last 3 full shifts and will be offered in an acute setting. Please note that you will be exposed to all the nursing activities that happen during the shift. This will also be your chance to network and ask any questions you may have to the expert nurse.

A certificate of participation will be issued upon completion.

Register Now: Be sure to contact your case manager before signing up. To register call Bradley at 416-226-2800 x 221. Deadline to register February 22nd , 2019


Developing and Launching Your Careers for RPNs

Free

In-class only and go-to-meeting – March 8th – 10:00 am – 12 noon

Location: 128A Sterling Road, Toronto Suite 202

RPNAO presents the Career Directions program that has been customized by professional development experts Gail Donner and Mary Wheeler as a guide for RPNs to use as they travel along their career journeys. It provides RPNs with an opportunity to review their career to date; learn strategies to assist in making future career decisions; and learn how to develop a career plan. Professional practice coordinator Norma Tomlin will provide an overview of this valuable program to help launch your nursing career path

Register Now: Be sure to contact your case manager before signing up. To register call Bradley at 416-226-2800 x 221.


ECG 1 and 2

$50

In-class only – April 12th – 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location: 128A Sterling Road, Toronto, Suite 202

ECG – Electrocardiography is used to measure the rate and regularity of heartbeats, as well as the size and position of the chambers, the presence of any damage to the heart, and the effects of drugs or devices used to regulate the heart, such as a pacemaker. This workshop will focus on the anatomy of the heart, the cardiac cycle, the correct lead placement for a 12-lead ECG, assessing an ECG tracing, Normal Sinus Rhythm, Atrial Arrhythmias, Ventricular arrhythmias, AV and Blocks, Bundle Branch Blocks, Injury/ Ischemia/ Infarcts.

NB: Clients are encouraged to register in the Observational Job Shadowing Program (OJS) if you are interested in extending the learning you received in class. The OJS placement will last 3 full shifts and will be offered in an acute setting. Please note that you will be exposed to all the nursing activities that happen during the shift. This will also be your chance to network and ask any questions you may have to the expert nurse.

A certificate of participation will be issued upon completion.

Register Now: Be sure to contact your case manager before signing up. To register call Bradley at 416-226-2800 x 221. Deadline to register April 5th, 2019


CELBAN PREPARATION AND ORIENTATION

Download PDF HERE

$495

In-class only – March 20th to May 15th (9 weeks) – 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location: 128A Sterling Road, Toronto, Suite 202

Register Now: If you are not a CARE Centre member or do not have a Case Manager , please contact l Bradley at 416-226-2800 x 221.


 

When registering, please make sure to correctly spell your first and last
names. Please also provide your preferred email address and
telephone number. You will receive your BLS card by email. If you have
HSF ID number, please do provide on registration.
If not, please go to web site -Create New Account-National
Resuscitation Portal-Heart and Stroke and create a new account and
provide the HSF ID number to Bradley.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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CARE Centre’s IEN Connector Winter 2018

Dear Friends and Members of CARE Centre,

It’s that time of year when we reach out to our shared community in the cause of IENs to thank everyone for their continuing commitment. To our partners, thank you for your collaboration in preparing IENs for nursing career success. To our Pre-Arrival Supports and Services members, and to our CARE Centre member IENs, thank you for your passion for nursing in Canada and for working with our Case Managers to achieve your dreams. Please enjoy our winter edition of The IEN Connector. We wish everyone safe, relaxing and happy holidays, and wish you all the best in 2019!

From All of Us at CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses


2018 Joan Lesmond IENs of the Year

Left: Novlette Delisser-Francis; Right: An Na Ke

In the seventh edition of the Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Awards, the selection selection committee once again had a field of highly deserving nominees to consider. This year’s winners are Registered Nurse Novlette Delisser-Francis, an IEN from Jamaica now working in acute care for Eastern Health in Newfoundland, and Registered Practical Nurse An Na Ke, an IEN originally from the Philippines who practiced nursing in Taiwan for many years, now working at the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care in Toronto. “I am truly humbled at receiving the Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Award in the RN category,” said Delisser-Francis. “I was surprised that I was selected knowing that the other nominees are very much as capable as I am in such a noble profession. Nursing is my calling and my passion.”

“Winning the Joan Lesmond award is a huge recognition and a great honor for an IEN who struggled to fit in and be able to achieve professional goals in such a competitive environment,” said Ke. “Being an awardee makes me feel special and blessed. It motivates me to continue giving inspiration to my fellow IENs and to continue spreading love to my patients.”

“CARE Centre is grateful to all the members of the selection committee for their commitment to celebrating IENs in Ontario healthcare, especially the long-serving chair, Ella Ferris,” said Executive Director Ruth Lee. Along with Dr. Lee and last year’s winners Derrick Ntungwe and Gaynor Quieros, nursing leaders Doris Grinspun , Lesley Hirst, Shannon Holcomb, Pat Martin, Elaine Santa Mina, Annette Weere (substituting for Dianne Martin) and Lucia Yiu served on the 2018 committee.


PASS Participation Increases

The Pre-Arrival Supports and Services (PASS) team has prepared a half-year report for the funder, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and it has been a period of substantial enrollment and results. In the last six months, 195 IENs joined the online program on their journey to nursing in Canada. The majority of referrals to PASS come through the federal government’s overseas Prepare for Canada offices. The majority of clients are emigrating from The Philippines, followed by India and Nigeria. IENs from all over the world, from Mauritius to Macedonia, Nepal to Norway, are benefitting from PASS’ customized offerings. “It’s incredibly gratifying to be part of these nurses’ edification as they get ready to build a new life in Canada,” said Meghan Wankel. “Getting to know them as a case manager, I can attest to how much Canadian patients and families are going to benefit from their knowledge and skills when they return to their nursing careers.” The Canadian Nurses Association mentorship program is very popular with PASS member nurses. Featured in the photo are Jeannie Hare, an Alberta-based mentor who is a champion of rural nursing, and PASS mentee Oneikah Richards, a nurse from St. Vincent and the Grenadines who completed her PhD and was a nursing professor in St. Vincent. They are celebrating Richard’s new RN position in the far north of Alberta. 


Learning from Leaders at CAMH

CARE Centre staff and member IENs recently had a tour of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, learning about the history of the institution and its storied buildings, and finding out about the significant expansion currently underway. A recognized world-leader in addictions and mental health care and research, CAMH also sets standards for workplace diversity and inclusion. Dr. Rani Srivastava, CAMH Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice, delivered a presentation to the tour group and CAMH staff members on Cultural Competency in the Healthcare Workplace. CAMH is one of CARE Centre’s Observational Job Shadowing Partners. Read more about the program in the next story!


OJS Partners Offer IENs Insight

One of CARE Centre’s cornerstone programs is Observational Job Shadowing (OJS), giving member IENs the chance to share several shifts with expert nurses in a variety of nursing settings. “For all of the studying and clinical practicing our nurses do, OJS is the real eye-opener for them,” said OJS Lead and Hamilton Case Manager Lourdes Vicente. “It’s invaluable for them to witness first-hand how the Canadian healthcare system works in real time.” CARE Centre’s OJS partners include acute and long-term care employers, as well as community nursing organizations. CARE Centre is grateful to partners such as Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre that have supported numerous OJS placements. Pictured are Expert Nurse Tanya Rahim-Juttlah and member IEN Raya Balagtey at the Dorothy Macham Home site. Find out more about the OJS program and partners on our website at https://care4nurses.org/what-we-do/observational-job-shadowing/


CARE Centre’s New Brampton Location

CARE Centre has moved to a new location in Brampton very close to Main and Queen Streets. Our new location is at 12 Church Street East on the third floor inside the Fortis Law Practise building. CARE Centre also sees clients in Peel Region at the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, 5510 Mavis Road, Mississauga. CARE Centre has two case managers serving IENs in the region: Grace Felix and Natolina Marius-Springer  (pictured). To attend an information session at Brampton’s Centre for Education and Training or other locations, visit the events section of our website.


CARE Centre’s Holiday Hours

Please be advised that CARE Centre will be closed for the holiday period from Tuesday, December 25th through Tuesday, January 1st. We wish all our member nurses and colleagues the very best of the festive season and hope you have a safe and happy holiday with your family and friends. Join us in 2019 for a new slate of programs and workshops and the re-launch of our website with many new features. Happy New Year too!

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We Have Moved in Brampton!

Effective immediately, CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses’ Brampton office will be operating at our new location:

12 Church Street East
3rd floor
Brampton, Ontario 
L6V 1E9

CARE Centre also sees clients in Peel Region at the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, 5510 Mavis Road, Mississauga, L5V 2X5. For more information call (416) 226 2800 ext. 221 or email info@care4nurses.org. You can check for upcoming information sessions in various locations by clicking on the Events tab. We’re looking forward to serving you at our new location in Brampton!

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RNAO Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Ruth Lee

 

Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario bestowed the RNAO 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award to CARE Centre’s Executive Director, Dr. Ruth Lee, for her contribution to Nursing.

 

“I’m just doing what I think I should be doing as a nurse,” she says. “I believe in what nursing is and what it does for society.”

 – Dr. Ruth Lee

Ruth Lee

2018 RNAO Lifetime Achievement Awardee

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow the link to learn more about the award.  2018 Lifetime Achievement Awardee

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CARE Centre’s IEN Connector – Winter 2017

CARE Centre Thanks Outgoing Board Chair Saleem Hall

Saleem Hall

Vice-Chair Jean-Jacques Rousseau

CARE Centre’s long-serving board member, Saleem Hall, has resigned as Chair to start “a new life adventure up North in Huntsville Ontario, where I have accepted a position with a local not-for-profit.” Saleem previously worked for one of CARE Centre’s founding organizations, WoodGreen Community Services, and had been a board member since (2008). Executive Director Ruth Lee said, “On behalf of the CARE Centre team, our heartfelt gratitude to your unfailing support and commitment to CARE over the years. Words cannot express how much I appreciate your guidance, wisdom, dedication, kindness, and great sense of humour since I assumed my role in CARE.” Vice-Chair Jean-Jacques Rousseau has assumed interim Chair duties. He stated, “Saleem inherited an organization in transition and helped it build on a solid track record, leaving CARE in a strong position to face the challenges ahead. “Being on the Board at CARE Centre has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life,” said Hall. “I will leave with a quote from my favourite bear: ‘How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.’ – Winnie the Pooh. Happy (ski) Trails, Saleem!

2017 Joan Lesmond IENs of the Year

Gaynor Quieros, RN

Gaynor Quieros, RN

Two outstanding members have been chosen as the 2017 RN and RPN IENs of the Year. Both served as valedictorians for their respective graduating years, going on to impress the selection committee of nurse leaders with their successful nominations. RN recipient Gaynor Quieros is from Wales, and passed the NCLEX exam 33 years after obtaining her RN in the UK. She currently works in telemedicine community mental health nursing and her daughter has recently graduated with her BScN.

Derrick Ntungwe, RPN

Derrick Ntungwe, RPN

Derrick Ntungwe is an RPN from Cameroon who was nominated by his employer Saint Elizabeth Health Care, where he is a community nurse. Derrick is now pursuing his RN designation and also works at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. During his IEN journey to registration, Derrick struggled to bring his wife and three children to Ontario during the West African Ebola epidemic. “Once again the selection committee was incredibly impressed by the determination and resilience of the nominees to overcome many challenges to practice as nurses in Ontario,” said Ella Ferris, Committee Chair and CARE Centre Board Member. “Their dedication and professionalism are truly inspirational.”

New Curriculum and Courses at CARE Centre

LCN participant and 2017 graduate Jisha Shaji with case managers Maria Krumov and Jun Doydora

LCN participant and 2017 graduate Jisha Shaji with case managers Maria Krumov and Jun Doydora

Former Professional Practice Lead Ruth Wojtiuk, RN, MEd and former Case Manager Anaar Shariff, RN, BScN retired from their CARE Centre staff positions last summer, but continue to bring their professional acumen to the organization. Wojtiuk has prepared a new preparation course for the Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE, or IENCAP) to be piloted this fall.

Part of the OSCE Prep Course is a section on relaxation techniques in the form of a four-episode video series contributed by Shariff, a certified yoga teacher. CARE Centre also has a new video to promote updated Language and Communication for Nurses offerings, including iCELBAN assessments and CELBAN exam preparation. Instructor Cara Malla has been teaching internationally educated professionals for many years, and has helped evolve the LCN curriculum through CARE Centre member feedback and advances in the field.

CARE Centre Program Manager Joanne Roth said, “As the nursing regulatory environment continually changes, we are focussed on staying ahead of trends and developments to offer the best supports to our member IENs for registration success.”

CARE Centre for IENs on OMNI TV’s New Canadians

Executive Director Ruth Lee appears in the video, featured here with 2017 graduate and valedictorian Aaron Antonio)

CARE Centre’s Pre-Arrival Supports and Services (PASS) program, funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, was featured on NEW CANADIANS on OMNI TV stations across the country at the beginning of 2017, and now we’ll start out 2018 with an episode featuring CARE Centre’s services in Ontario. CARE Centre is funded by the Ontario Government through the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. NEW CANADIANS is a rich and informative web and TV show produced by New Horizons Media, and hosted by Gerard Keledjian and Rachel Lee.

The magazine-style presentations showcase settlement, education, employment and small business resources available to newcomers to help them maximize their chances of success and ease their integration into the Canadian workforce. “For 16 years CARE Centre has been a leader in customized programs and one-on-one case management support for internationally educated nurses,” said producer Keledjian. “It’s exciting to profile an organization that was one of the first to offer bridge-training to a specific group of international health professionals, and that has continued to innovate to meet regulatory requirements.” Both the PASS and CARE Centre episodes will be online at http://newcanadians.tv/. Further announcements will be made for the OMNI TV broadcasts.

PASS and CARE Centre Member IEN Success

Executive Director Ruth Lee, PASS Member IEN Pamela Campos, PASS Co-ordinator Meghan Wankel, PASS Member IEN Cristina Giron, Case Manager Michelle Gordon and PASS Assistant Nicholas Ghadiri.

CARE Centre promotes membership for life (with a one-time fee of $150!), and everyone speaks of the CARE Centre “family”. Recently our case managers shared updates from clients who shared some milestones in their Canadian nursing careers. Featured in this holiday photo (third from right) is member IEN Novlette Delisser-Francis. Her case manager Michelle Gordon recounted that she “went to a job fair in Toronto and was offered a temporary position as an RN in Newfoundland which led to a full-time job in the Medicine Unit. “Just want to say thanks to you, CARE Centre and Ontario for all the assistance given to me while trying to secure my RN license,” said Novlette.

Case Manager Lourdes Vicente shared this visual sent by member Rittiya Augustine, created by her proud husband congratulating her for passing the NCLEX-RN exam. Pre-arrival Supports and Services (PASS) Co-ordinator Meghan Wankel and others in the office were excited to meet two PASS member IENs who are settling in Ontario. Cristina Giron and Pamela Campos met in a Planning for Canada information session in Manila, and went on to become active PASS members through online webinars and chat rooms. and case managers Michelle Gordon and Maria Krumov.

CARE Centre Conference Presentations and Posters

Jennifer Cheng, RN and a PIE-IEN conference delegate

Jennifer Cheng, RN and a PIE-IEN conference delegate

This fall there’s a lot to round up for CARE Centre’s presence at nursing and immigration conferences in 2017. CARE Centre and PASS have become recognized leaders in both theory and methodology in the success of IENs in Ontario and Canada. The Partners in Integration and Education of IENs (PIE-IEN) was held in Halifax in April, with a presentation on PASS by Co-ordinator Meghan Wankel and a poster presented by Observational Job Shadowing Lead Lourdes Vincente and Master of Nursing student Jennifer Cheng. In May, Executive Director Ruth Lee and PASS Assistant Nicholas Ghadiri attended the Conference Board of Canada annual Canadian Immigration Summit in Ottawa examining innovations to build an even stronger immigration system. PASS Co-ordinator Meghan Wankel and CARE Centre Program Manager Joanne Roth presented at the 12th Metropolis World Congress in Montreal in June under the theme “Global Challenges: Major Cities in Action”. In October Dr. Lee and Meghan presented at the 2017 Canadian Network of Agencies for Regulation Conference in Halifax and later in the month Dr. Lee presented a poster at the Conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society in New Orleans. Another poster presentation at the Pathways to Prosperity conference in Toronto was facilitated by Meghan Wankel and Michelle Gordon.

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Nurses top the list of most respected professions in Canada

A recent survey of over 1,000 Canadians all over the country found that nursing is the most-respected profession, topping the list over doctors for the second year. The annual Insights West survey looked at various careers and asked 1,257 Canadians whether they respected the profession and how much. Ninety-two per cent of those surveyed said they viewed the profession of nursing either very positively or somewhat positively (60% and 32%, respectively), while 89% said they viewed doctors either very positively (45%) or somewhat positively (44%). Ranking just below those professions were farmers (88%) and veterinarians (88%). Results are based on an online study conducted by Insights West from May 26 to June 2, 2017, among a representative sample of 1,257 Canadian adults. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 2.8 percentage points

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CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses Celebrates 113 New Ontario Nurses

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) is one of Ontario’s first government-funded bridge training programs, founded in 2001 and now serving clients from Windsor to Kingston. CARE Centre is funded by the Ontario Government as a non-profit professional organization and registered charity. Each year CARE Centre recognizes its member IENs for successfully passing their registration exams. This year, 113 IENs are graduating from the CARE Centre program to become registered nurses and registered practical nurses in the province. They are closer to their dreams of becoming RNs and RPNs in the Province of Ontario.

“Our member IENs overcome incredible barriers and challenges to pursue their dream of nursing in Ontario,’ said Executive Director Dr. Ruth Lee. “We are grateful for the continuing support of the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and the Hon. Laura Albanese for funding CARE Centre and sharing our vision of a more inclusive nursing workforce for Ontario. Each and every one of these nurses should be celebrated for reaching an important milestone on their journey to becoming a nurse in Ontario. Their determination to re-establish their nursing careers inspires all of us at CARE Centre to continue evolving as an organization to meet their needs.”

Over 3,600 nurses from more than 140 countries have accessed services and supports at CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) since 2001. CARE Centre provides IENs with one-on-one case management, language and communication skills, exam preparation, professional development, mentoring and networking to be successful in the nursing profession. CARE Centre recognizes the value of nurses with diverse education and experience and is committed to their full contribution to Ontario healthcare. CARE Centre receives tax-receipted donations through CanadaHelps (Charitable Number 84420 5948 RR0001).

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New Courses Offered by CoursePark

 

CoursePark has expanded their catalog of nursing courses to 181. There has been no change in pricing. 

Free – New CARE Centre members
$30 –
Existing CARE Centre members
$35 –
Non-members.