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Safe Practice Opportunity

Practice Experience Description:
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (CARE Centre) in collaboration with University Health Network (UHN) announces an opportunity for member IENs to meet their outstanding safe practice requirement and complete their RN/RPN registration. This experience is not designed to complete the competency gap requirement. It is an enhanced supervised experience intended for IENs who have completed all RN/RPN registration requirements but for whom their “Evidence of RN/RPN Nursing Practice” expired after February 2020. Upon successful completion interested participants will have the opportunity to apply for a full time position with UHN.

To be included ALL the following mandatory criteria must be met:
o CARE Centre member
o Not enrolled in a bridging program
o CNO letter “Evidence of Safe Practice has expired”
o ALL other registration requirements met – no exceptions
o Available to work full time hours (400) for 3 months starting immediately.
o Professional Liability Insurance
o Vulnerable person police check
o COVID 19 vaccination – if not vaccinated must access through UHN
o Attend information session

Date : April 21, 2021 Time – 10:00AM to 11:00AM

Zoom link :

Meeting ID: 811 6735 9328 Passcode: 224133


CARE 20th Celebration Webinar

CARE CENTRE is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. 
Topic: Live Webinar – Board Members
Time: Mar 24, 2021 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) 
Join Zoom Meeting 
Meeting ID: 829 3783 8773
Passcode: 527717


Research Study on Ethnic Minority Nurses & UCPs

Hi everyone, a Ryerson University team is seeking ethnic minority nurses & UCPs to participate in a one-time short online survey. We would like to understand your experiences facing stigma and discrimination while also working on the frontlines against COVID-19. Participants will be eligible to win a $150 e-gift card  should they provide their personal information to enter a draw. Here is the survey link:


IEN’s challenges and opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic

疫情下當局加速認證海外註冊護士 — Sep 16, 2020 (ON)
新冠疫情令前線醫護人員人手持續緊張, 加上省府宣布調派500名護士到各學校協助防疫工作, 令護士人手更見不足. 究竟在疫情下, 省府或監管當局有否放寬或加速吸納持有海外資歷的註冊護士, 以解燃眉之急呢? 專訪協助海外受訓護士獲取本地專業資格的國際受訓護士中心行政總監李濃歡博士。


A message from CARE Centre’s Executive Director, Dr. Ruth Lee

Dear Valued CARE Centre Members,

Happy Nursing Week!

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife in honour of the 200th anniversary of the founder of modern nursing Florence Nightingale’s birth. The theme of this year’s National Nursing Week (May 11 – 17) is Nurses: A Voice to Lead — Nursing the World to Health. During this very challenging time of battling the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses are once again demonstrating heroism in nursing the world to health. I am writing with utmost respect and highest regard for your courage, expertise, and commitment to nursing and care to our community in this unprecedented time.

At CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses, we endeavour to support you on your journey of integration into the Canadian Health Care system and excel in your career. We take pride in your success, as your success is our success!

To allow you access to reliable information related to COVID-19, we have created a special section on our website to provide you with official websites and resources that you may find helpful. You will also find profiles of many of your peers who are currently at the frontline of combating COVID-19. With generous support from many outstanding nursing leaders, we are pleased to bring you a series of free online professional development webinars, and clinical skills related workshops with nominal cost. Our members only job board also features multiple career opportunities in all sectors of healthcare services in Ontario. I invite you to visit our new and refreshed website to find out more.

Take care, stay safe, and keep in touch – together we’ll overcome!

With admiration and gratitude,

Ruth Ruth Lee, RN, MScN, PhD
Executive Director


Gallery of Heroes

This year’s theme for National Nursing Week 2020 “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health” is so relevant to our current COVD-19 global pandemic. We are proud of all our IENs for stepping up and contributing to the success of our healthcare system as we continue to fight the virus. We are proud of your leadership and dedication. On behalf of CARE for Nurses, thank you very much for keeping Canada safe!  

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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:
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

**Please note our new address

For more information please contact:

Cory LeBlanc
Administrative Coordinator
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
128A Sterling Road, Suite 202
Toronto, ON  M6R 2B7
416-226-2800, ext. 228