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Request for Proposal – Employment Workshop Developer

Description:

The CARE Centre is a bridge training initiative designed to provide supports and services to internationally educated nurses (IENs) living in Ontario so that they can practice and excel in their profession in the shortest time possible. Funded primarily through the Provincial Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the CARE Centre is a multi-partner initiative which develops, coordinates, and delivers flexible, client-focused education and support services such as: job shadowing, exam preparation activities, counselling, orientation to nursing in Ontario and sector-specific language training.

We are seeking a seasoned professional to develop an employment skills workshop focused on meeting the specific needs of CARE members in seeking and securing appropriate positions within the field of nursing in Ontario. Specifically, this role will require the creation of an
individual or series of workshops designed to assist IENs in preparing to enter the job market in Ontario. This is a short term project with primary responsibility for creating workshop materials that can be delivered internally by CARE staff members, or easily transported for delivery through an external partner/service provider.

The primary functions of this role will include:

  • Assessment of the unique needs of newcomer nurses as well as a review of existing services available in the market
  • Development of workshop material including facilitator guide and participant handouts.
  • Conducting labour market research in each region CARE is located to identify primary employers and individual hiring practices.
  • Creating an online resource bank which will highlight the data mined through the labour market research.

Responsibilities:

This position will report directly to the Regional Manager, West and the Executive Director as needed and will be responsible for:

  • Workshop Development – a focused, occupation specific workshop designed to support nurses in securing employment in Ontario. Topics covered may include, but not be limited to, Introduction to the Canadian workplace, accessing the nursing market in Ontario – options and expectations, effective resume writing for health care settings, interviewing skills – for Canadian job market and in health care setting, managing expectations in a challenging job market.
  • Labour Market Research – establish an online database identifying major employers across Ontario along with their hiring practices/polices, key contacts, hiring trends over the past six months and projection for next six months. Overall market trends, issues
    and gaps will also be identified.

Qualifications:
The successful candidate will be a self starter with a high energy level and strong industry and functional knowledge. They will be flexible, adaptable and resourceful, and not dependent on structure and established processes. Addition requirements include:

  • A keen understanding of the barriers faced by IENs in Ontario, particularly related to employment.
  • Experience in, and understanding of, nursing recruitment in the Ontario health care system.
  • The ability to quickly establish credibility with CARE staff and partners.
  • Strong writing skills
  • Proven ability to work independently and meet tight timelines.
  • Sound knowledge of current labour market trends in Ontario.
  • Good facilitation skills and able to present professionally and knowledgeably in a variety of settings.

Compensation:
Please send an outline of how your experience has prepared you for this project along with a detailed project outline including a budget by Wednesday November 9, 2011 to: The CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses, 45 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 512, Toronto, ON M2N 5W9 Attention Hiring Committee or email

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Job Posting – Case Manager – Satellite Offices (Kingston, and surrounding area)

Job Posting: Case Manager – Satellite Offices
Schedule: Part Time Position (22.5 hours/week)
Deadline: Friday October 21, 2011

Description:

The CARE Centre is a bridge training initiative designed to provide supports and services to internationally educated nurses (IENs) living in Ontario so that they can practice and excel in their profession in the shortest time possible. Funded primarily through the Provincial Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, the CARE Centre is a multi-partner initiative which develops, co-ordinates, and delivers flexible, client-focused education and support services such as: job shadowing, exam preparation activities, counselling, orientation to nursing in Ontario and sector-specific language training.

We are looking for a seasoned professional who is able to work closely, flexibly and energetically with a small staff team which is dispersed in several locations across the province. The individual is expected to work in a principled and pragmatic way in working towards the achievement of the CARE Centre’s mission and goals. The position will reside primarily in Kingston where CARE expects to co-locate with a community partner agency. Travel will be required.

Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Regional Manager and working closely with the team, the case manager is responsible for providing direct client services to internationally educated nurses who join the CARE Centre. As an active member of the staff team key responsibilities include:

  • Providing guidance, support, information/referral, and resources reflecting the mission and goals of CARE Centre to IEN’s to enable individuals to meet their professional goals
  • Maintaining a client case load providing 1:1 supportive counselling to IENs as they work towards registration and employment
  • Assisting clients as they prepare to write the nursing registration examinations and enter practice in a Canadian health care setting
  • Advocating for clients
  • Facilitating information sessions and workshops
  • Conducting outreach initiatives and community presentations
  • Contributing to the richness of team diversity by using your own area of expertise to support colleagues and members in both formal and informal ways
  • Participating in case conference meetings and team meetings
  • Maintaining comprehensive client records
  • Developing relationships with a range of organizations including, but not limited to, settlement agencies, education institutions, and health care organizations to promote an awareness of CARE services.
  • Representing CARE at various speaking and networking opportunities to promote services as time permits
  • Developing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive, community based outreach strategy to build alliances with organizations to promote CARE and CARE services to potential members.

Qualifications:

  • Degree in: Nursing, Social Work, Adult Education, or Career Counselling. Equivalent experience may be considered.
  • Highly developed case management skills
  • Keen understanding of the barriers faced by IENs in Ontario and a demonstrated capacity to develop and implement programs to effectively respond to these barriers
  • Experience in, and understanding of, the Ontario health care system
  • Cross cultural competency
  • Demonstrated facilitation skills
  • Strong counselling skills
  • Excellent communication skills in English – written, verbal and presentation skills
  • Program planning skills and experience
  • Ability to work flexibly within a dynamic and highly evolving environment
  • Demonstrated organizational, problem solving, interpersonal and team skills
  • Demonstrated experience and commitment to maintaining client database

Salary: Commensurate with skills and experience

Please send a resume with cover letter by Friday October 21, 2011 explaining how your experience has prepared you for this position to: The CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses, 45 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 512, Toronto, ON M2N 5W9 Attention Hiring Committee or email info@care4nurses.org (please include Case Manager and your area of preference in the subject line).

We thank all applicants for applying. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

The CARE Centre is committed to diversity in the workplace

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New IEN of the Year Award named in honour of Dr. Joan Lesmond

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses Names
New IEN of the Year Award in Honour of Dr. Joan Lesmond

For Immediate Release
Toronto, August 11, 2011

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) is dedicating its newly established annual nursing award to one of the profession’s most outstanding leaders. CARE Centre’s Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Award will honour an outstanding CARE Centre member nurse who has attained their Ontario nursing credentials and excelled in their profession, emulating the late Dr. Lesmond’s widely recognized achievements.

“Dr. Lesmond came to Canada as an IEN and her inspiring career certainly represents the highest professional levels to which nurses can aspire,” said CARE Centre Executive Director Zubeida Ramji. “We couldn’t be more pleased that before she passed away she graciously accepted our request to honour her. It’s truly an honour to dedicate the award to her memory so the nursing community can celebrate and remember one of its most outstanding leaders.”

Dr. Joan Lesmond, who passed away on August 5, worked in the community health care field for over 30 years, most recently as the Executive Director of Community Engagement at Saint Elizabeth Health Care, a not-for-profit charitable organization, and Executive Director of the Saint Elizabeth Health Care Foundation, a leading Canadian charity. She was presented the YWCA Woman of Distinction Health Leadership Award in the spring of 2011. Dr. Lesmond’s association with CARE Centre goes back to the beginnings of the organization in 2001, when she served on the advisory committee through the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.

“I worked with Joan during the early days of CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses where she acted as an important advisor,” said founding CARE Centre Executive Director Dawn Sheppard, now a Senior Policy Analyst with the Public Health Agency of Canada.”During the inevitable challenges in a new project start-up, Joan was always full of encouraging words, steady support, and productive suggestions. I remember her warm smile and celebrate her many contributions to building a diverse nursing workforce in Ontario.”

As a nursing and community health leader, Dr. Lesmond set new standards in HIV/AIDS treatment as Chief Nursing Executive and Director of Professional Practice at Casey House Hospice in Toronto. She also worked with Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Clinic, was a director of Women’s College Hospital, chair of the Ontario Caregiver Coalition, president of the Association of Ontario Health Centres, president of Regent Park Community Health Centre, and chair and director of the Hospice Association of Ontario.

“Not only has the nursing community lost a leader in Joan’s death, all equity seeking communities are mourning the loss of a strong and committed advocate,” said Amy Go, Chair, CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses and Executive Director of Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care in Markham. “Joan’s passion for social justice had driven her to work for racialized and marginalized communities where few had chosen to do. It was an honour for CARE to have worked with Joan. Her support and dedicated efforts in knocking down barriers has opened doors for many internationally educated nurses.”

In order to be eligible for the CARE Centre’s Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Award, the nominee must be currently registered as a nurse in Ontario (RN or RPN); be working in a nursing practice environment for at least one year; and be a member of CARE Centre. Main selection criteria include: consistently demonstrates professionalism and an excellent quality of presence and caring that assists people in the holistic healing process, a fundamental value of nursing practice; exemplary professional knowledge and practice; and consistently promotes an atmosphere of team-work. The deadline for entries has been extended to Monday, August 22, 2011 at 5 p.m.

The full nomination kit with detailed eligibility criteria and information for submitting forms is available on the CARE Centre website. CARE Centre will mark its tenth anniversary year with a fundraising dinner November 17th from 7 p.m. at Arcadian Court in Toronto, where the inaugural CARE Centre’s Joan Lesmond IEN of the Year Award will be presented.

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses is a not-for-profit professional organization funded by the Government of Ontario. Ontario receives support for some skills training programs from the Government of Canada. CARE Centre recognizes the unique skills and experience of internationally educated nurses and assists them in updating their credentials to meet Ontario standards for Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses, obtain employment, advance in their careers, and contribute to health care excellence in Ontario. CARE Centre achieves these goals through case management support, nursing-specific language education, exam preparation, mentoring and networking. CARE Centre is a registered charity (charitable number 84420 5948 RR0001).

For all media inquiries please contact:

Tina Novotny
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
45 Sheppard Ave East, Suite 512
Toronto, Ontario M2N 5W9
416-226-2800 ext 240

Funded by:

Ontario receives support for some skills training programs from the Government of Canada

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CARE Centre for IENs Opens Office in Windsor

Internationally Educated Nurses and Community Better Served
with Local Staff and Resources

For Immediate Release
January 16, 2012

In its continued expansion to better serve Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) throughout Southern Ontario where new immigrant communities are settling, CARE Centre for IENs is pleased to announce the official opening of its Windsor office, 647 Ouellette Ave., Suite 201 at WEST of Windsor. A celebration will take place from 12:00 – 1:30 pm on Friday, January 27th in the new premises. The office launch follows a busy tenth anniversary year for CARE Centre in 2011, with the organization celebrating the successful registration of over 1,000 nurses from more than 140 countries over that decade.

“CARE Centre has been operating in Windsor Essex County for a number of months, and the reception from the community has been extremely positive with IENs settling here being able to access our services,” said Executive Director Zubeida Ramji. “It’s one of our priorities to reach out to IENs in various communities and offer services locally so they are able to participate in nursing courses and obtain the supports to meet the requirements for registration in Ontario. This way IENs can remain in the communities where they have chosen to settle and find nursing employment. With Ontario certification and their diverse backgrounds reflective of our increasingly multi-cultural health care settings, our graduate IENs are very well prepared for front line practice and patient advocacy.”

“The Ontario government is pleased to support organizations like CARE Centre that help newcomers put their skills and knowledge to work. With the opening of this new office, they will be able to help even more newcomers get the training and support they need to succeed. When newcomers succeed, we all succeed,” said Charles Sousa, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

Media and those interested CARE Centres’ services are invited to attend the office opening to meet Windsor Case Manager Domine Rutayisire and receive more information. Settlement agencies, health care organizations and others who want to know more about the programs and supports that CARE Centre provides are welcome to meet and network at the event. There will be a cake cutting and light refreshments will be served.

“It’s been wonderful to meet the dedicated IENs who have joined CARE Centre since we started serving clients here, as Windsor continues to attract a growing multi-cultural population and increases a range of health care services,” said Case Manager Rutayisire. “We’re eager to spread the word to all internationally educated nurses that we can help them achieve their Ontario credentials through our custom action plan and specialized programs.”

IENs who join CARE Centre have received an assessment from the College of Nurses of Ontario and a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment, and either have received or applied for permanent residency status in Canada. They receive their education through college and university partners, such as St. Clair College in Windsor, as well as opportunities and support from health care institutions and community groups including the International Health Professionals Steering Committee and WEST of Windsor. CARE Centre supports IENs who come from a wide range of countries, including the Philippines, India, China, Iran, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, as well as many nations in the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses is a not-for-profit professional organization funded by the Government of Ontario. Ontario receives support for some skills training programs from the Government of Canada. CARE Centre recognizes the unique skills and experience of internationally educated nurses and assists them in updating their credentials to meet Ontario standards for Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses, obtain employment, advance in their careers, and contribute to health care excellence in Ontario. CARE Centre achieves these goals through case management support, nursing-specific language education, exam preparation, mentoring and networking. CARE Centre is a registered charity (charitable number 84420 5948 RR0001).

For all media inquiries please contact:

Tina Novotny
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
45 Sheppard Ave East, Suite 512
Toronto, Ontario M2N 5W9
416-226-2800 ext 240

Funded by:

Ontario receives support for some skills training programs from the Government of Canada

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CARE Centre Opens New Office in Peel Region

Internationally Educated Nurses and Community Better Served
with Local Staff and Resources

For Immediate Release
Toronto, July 19, 2011

In its continued expansion to better serve Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) throughout Southwestern Ontario and to create a local presence in New Canadian communities, CARE Centre for IENs is pleased to announce the opening of its Peel Region office at Community Door located at 7700 Hurontario Street, Unit 601, Suite 100 (within the Centre for Education & Training space), Brampton. A celebration will take place from 12:30 – 1:30 pm on Tuesday, July 26th in the new premises. The office launch is part of a range of activities in CARE Centre’s tenth anniversary year. Over that decade CARE Centre has supported over 1,000 nurses from more than 140 countries to become registered in Ontario.

“CARE Centre has been operating in Peel Region through four pilot locations since the fall of 2010, but it became apparent that our client base was growing significantly throughout Brampton and Mississauga,” said Executive Director Zubeida Ramji. “It’s one of our priorities to offer local services where we can help CARE Centre members participate in nursing courses and find employment in their communities. With Ontario certification and specialized education for our multi-cultural health care settings, our graduate IENs are very well prepared for front line practice and patient advocacy.”

Media and the public are invited to attend the Peel Region office opening which will feature a morning information session for IENs who are interested in joining CARE Centre (online registration required). Service providers who want to know more about the supports that CARE Centre provides are welcome to meet and network at the event.

IENs who join the CARE Centre program have received an assessment from the College of Nurses of Ontario and a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment, and either have received or applied for permanent residency status in Canada. They receive their training through college and university educational partners, as well as health care institutions. CARE Centre nurses come from a wide range of countries, including the Philippines, India, China, Iran, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, as well as many nations in the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses is a not-for-profit professional organization funded by the Government of Ontario. Ontario receives support for some skills training programs from the Government of Canada. CARE Centre recognizes the unique skills and experience of internationally educated nurses and assists them in updating their credentials to meet Ontario standards for Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses, obtain employment, advance in their careers, and contribute to health care excellence in Ontario. CARE Centre achieves these goals through case management support, nursing-specific language education, exam preparation, mentoring and networking. CARE Centre is a registered charity (charitable number 84420 5948 RR0001).

For all media inquiries please contact:

Tina Novotny
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
45 Sheppard Ave East, Suite 512
Toronto, Ontario M2N 5W9
416-226-2800 ext 240

Funded by:

Ontario receives support for some skills training programs from the Government of Canada

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IEN of the Year Award

CARE Centre Honours Internationally Educated Nurses with
The Inaugural IEN of the Year Award

For Immediate Release
Toronto, July 12, 2011

As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses is establishing the IEN of the Year Award. This annual award will honour an outstanding CARE Centre member nurse who has achieved their Ontario nursing credentials and gone on to set an example of health care professionalism and nursing excellence. In its ten years, CARE Centre has supported over 1,000 nurses from more than 140 countries to become registered in the province.

“CARE Centre has been one of the driving forces in helping internationally educated nurses (IENs) reach their career goals,” said Ella Ferris, Executive Vice President, Programs and Chief Nursing Executive at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and Chair of the CARE Centre IEN of the Year Award Board Committee. “CARE Centre has prepared IENs to integrate into the Ontario health care system, meeting high standards in the workplace through their knowledge, compassion, hard work and commitment. The IEN of the Year Award is a true reflection of everything internationally educated nurses contribute to our challenging, multi-cultural health care environment.”

In order to be nominated, the IEN must be currently registered as a nurse in Ontario (RN or RPN); be working in a nursing practice environment for at least one year; and be a member of CARE Centre. Main selection criteria include: consistently demonstrates professionalism and an excellent quality of presence and caring that assists people in the holistic healing process, a fundamental value of nursing practice; exemplary professional knowledge and practice; and consistently promotes an atmosphere of team-work.

The full nomination kit with detailed eligibility criteria and information for submitting forms is available on the CARE Centre website. CARE Centre will mark its tenth anniversary year with a fundraising dinner November 17th from 7 p.m. at Arcadian Court in Toronto, where the inaugural IEN of the Year Award will be presented. “Our CARE Centre graduates quickly become invaluable to employers, but there are always those who go the extra mile in their roles in frontline service, health promotion and disease prevention,” said Executive Director Zubeida Ramji. “We know they have touched patients’ lives in hospital and long-term care settings, and in the community. They have also become leaders, mentors and shining examples of discipline and integrity. Our IENs have heart and make an impact.”

IENs who join CARE Centre have received an assessment from the College of Nurses of Ontario and a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment, and either have received or applied for permanent residency status in Canada. They receive their training through college and university educational partners, as well as health care institutions. CARE Centre nurses come from a wide range of countries, including the Philippines, India, China, Iran, the United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, as well as many nations in the Middle East, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa.

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses is a not-for-profit professional organization funded by the Government of Ontario. Ontario receives support for some skills training programs from the Government of Canada. CARE Centre recognizes the unique skills and experience of internationally educated nurses and assists them in updating their credentials to meet Ontario standards for Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses, obtain employment, advance in their careers, and contribute to health care excellence in Ontario. CARE Centre achieves these goals through case management support, nursing-specific language education, exam preparation, mentoring and networking. CARE Centre is a registered charity (charitable number 84420 5948 RR0001).

For all media inquiries please contact:

Tina Novotny
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
45 Sheppard Ave East, Suite 512
Toronto, Ontario M2N 5W9
416-226-2800 ext 240

Funded by:

Ontario receives support for some skills training programs from the Government of Canada

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Entering Nursing in Ontario

Highlighting programs at CARE Centre and features testimonials from our partners, alumni and team. To find out more, attend an information session today!

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Request for Proposals: Program & Structure Review

Date of Issue: December 5, 2011

Proposal Due Date: December 22, 2011

Background:

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) is celebrating 10 years of supporting IENs back into practice. More than 1,000 nurses from more than 140 countries have found rewarding regulated employment as registered nurses and registered practical nurses after completing their customized CARE Centre plan for success. CARE Centre was one of the first Internationally Educated Professional (IEP) bridging programs funded by the Government of Ontario and has gone on to become a model for many bridging programs supporting internationally educated individuals from various regulated professions.

As a first step to re-entering the nursing profession, CARE Centre helps IENs review their assessment of credentials by the College of Nurses of Ontario, the regulatory body. Members receive a Nursing Readiness Assessment, and benefit from CARE Centre’s own Language
and Communication for Nurses classes and Exam Preparation course. Each member receives individualized case management to help them with study-work-life balance, especially important to IENs juggling young families.

CARE Centre’s partnerships with academic institutions has helped tailor curriculum particularly beneficial to IENs, another example of how CARE Centre has led the way in providing leadership to organizations supporting skilled immigrants in gaining Canadian qualifications. CARE Centre also offers Observational Job Shadowing, allowing IENs to observe Expert Nurses in a variety of health care settings to learn on-the-job skills. CARE Centre has offices in Toronto, Hamilton, Peel Region, London, Windsor and is soon to be expanded to Kingston, Ontario.

Context:

At various stages of its development, CARE Centre has undergone evaluations. The last one was in August 2009, when a comprehensive evaluation of its programs and services was carried out. In April 2010, a Feasibility Study for CARE’s expansion was completed and the Board of Directors approved recommendations to expand to Peel Region, Windsor and Kingston. The Board of Directors also gave a directive to ensure that the increased growth and geographic dispersion did not put the organization at risk; that the necessary systems and structures were
put in place so that the quality of services and partnerships in each of the locales was not compromised.

Over the last 18 months, various steps have been undertaken to develop the organization further at all levels – including program delivery, management as well as governance. There is a need to take stock to ensure that there is alignment between all these levels as well as adherence to best practices in the not for profit sector. CARE Centre’s next funding cycle is expected to begin on January 1, 2013. The findings and recommendations from this process will be especially relevant for CARE to prioritize key areas of focus for its next 3 year program cycle.

Scope of Program & Structure Review:

CARE Centre is interested in engaging with consultants who will be creative, flexible and experienced in reviewing programs and structures and in working with diverse groups. We are interested in a sensitive and constructive approach that identifies some of the critical
gaps that need to be addressed to further strengthen the organization at the program, management and governance levels.

Some of CARE Centre’s thinking about this review has been influenced by standards and processes set by organizations such as Accreditation Canada, Building Healthy Organizations and the newer Organizational Standards Initiative for the immigrant serving sector. To this date, CARE Centre has not participated in any such assessment. However we recognize the value of going through such an objective and systematic process of review with the assistance of an external team.

Specific activities during this review might include:

  • Background research on options for frameworks and standards appropriate for CARE Centre’s review of Programs & Structures
  • Work with the Program & Structure Review Team to consider the options and establish the framework and set of standards for this project.
  • Work with management & staff teams to gather relevant background information
  • Identify key stakeholders and establish a process and schedule for collecting data
  • Analyse data and produce a draft report that includes a feedback loop process for Program & Structure Review Team input
  • Produce final report and report results including recommendations to the executive director
  • Travel to other satellite locations as necessary

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in performing reviews and evaluations using participatory based methodology in a non-profit community-based environment
  • Demonstrated experience in development and management of healthy programs and organizations.
  • Experience with facilitating review and evaluation processes that promote continuous learning for the organization.
  • Familiarity with the Organizational Standards Initiative of OCASI, the BHO or Accreditation Canada’s standards and processes.
  • Capacity to produce high-quality material in easy to read, easy to understand formats and in a timely manner

Submission requirements:

All proposals will be treated in confidence. Proposals should be succinct, easy to follow and include the following:

  • A narrative, not to exceed 5 pages, of your approach to the project that reflects your understanding of its scope and outlines why your expertise and qualifications are a good fit for the project
  • A budget and work plan that take into account the deliverables and timelines outlined above. This work plan should include the identification of any issues/challenges for its implementation.
  • Other expectations you may have that are not addressed in the Request for Proposals
  • Brief CVs of all team members and an indication of the contribution of each person to the project
  • Names of three individuals who can provide references for you, addressing your ability to complete conceptual, high quality work, on time and on budget.
  • The maximum allowable budget for this review is $40,000. The final report of the review is due May 15, 2012.

A bidders’ meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 14th, 11:30 a.m. at 45 Sheppard Ave East, Ste 512. Please pre-register for this meeting with Cory Leblanc, cleblanc@care4nurses.org. Please submit your proposal by sending electronic copies to cleblanc@care4nurses.org.

Deadline for proposals: 5pm, December 22, 2011.

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Internationally Educated Nurses Join Ontario Health Care Workforce

On Wednesday, May 11th, CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses is honouring a graduating class of 159 newly-qualified nurses in a special National Nursing Week celebration. The graduates join the over 1,000 registered nurses and registered practical nurses representing more than 140 countries that have completed their training in Ontario through CARE Centre during its decade of supporting nurses back into practice.

Our CARE Centre graduates quickly secure employment where they are able to enhance Ontario’s multi-cultural environment and contribute to excellence in patient care”, said Executive Director Zubeida Ramji. “Their global experiences are a tremendous asset to nurses’ expanding roles in frontline service, as well as health promotion and disease prevention. As we expand our regional activities, CARE Centre is positioned to make an even greater contribution to Ontario’s health care environment, and specifically, the province’s nursing strategy.

Nurses who join the CARE Centre program have received an assessment from the College of Nurses of Ontario and a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment, and either have received or applied for permanent residency status.  They receive their training through educational partners Centennial College, George Brown College, Mohawk College, Sheridan College and York University. This year’s graduates come from a wide range of countries, including the Philippines, India, China, Iran, Romania, Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States, Israel, Jamaica, Russia and Serbia, as well as other nations in Europe, Latin America and Africa. Graduates will be available for media interviews.

CARE Centre will mark its tenth anniversary year with a fundraising dinner in November where the inaugural Internationally Educated Nurse of the Year Award will be announced.

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses is a not-for-profit professional organization founded in 2001, with funding provided by the Ontario Government. CARE Centre supports internationally educated nurses in updating their credentials and training to meet Ontario standards for Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses, obtain employment, advance in their careers, and contribute to health care excellence in Ontario. CARE Centre achieves these goals through case management support, nursing-specific language training, exam preparation, mentoring and networking, and recognizing the unique skills, education and experience of internationally educated nurses.

Canadian Nurses Association – History of National Nursing Week

In 1971, the International Council of Nurses designated May 12th – Florence Nightingale’s birthday – as International Nurses Day. In 1985, in recognition of the dedication and achievements of the nursing profession, the Canadian minister of health proclaimed the second week of May as National Nurses Week. May 12th is also recognized as Canada Health Day. The name changed to National Nursing Week in 1993 to emphasize the profession’s accomplishments as a discipline. The purpose of National Nursing Week is to increase awareness among the public, policy-makers and governments of the many contributions nurses make to the well-being of Canadians.

The CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses graduation ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 11th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at The Gallery, Ontario Heritage Centre, 10 Adelaide Street East, Main Level. Media are invited to attend. Please e-mail Tina Novotny at tnovotny@care4nurses.org to RSVP. Interviews with internationally educated nurses and CARE Centre representatives can be arranged on site or in advance, or at any time during National Nursing Week.

For all media inquiries please contact:

Tina Novotny
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
45 Sheppard Ave East, Suite 512
Toronto, Ontario M2N 5W9
416-226-2800 ext 240

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CARE Centre Welcomes Dignitaries to London Graduation Ceremony

London, ON – CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses will be celebrating the March 25th graduation of 23 members of their London-based program. CARE Centre has been operating in London for two years and this will be the first group of newly qualified Ontario RNs and RPNs to graduate. To commemorate the special occasion, Minister of Health and Long Term Care Deb Matthews and London Mayor Joe Fontana will address the graduation proceedings, along with London-Fanshawe MPP Khalil Ramal, Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Dr. Eric Hoskins.

“These CARE Centre graduates represent the bright future of the health care system in Ontario, as highly trained, experienced professionals ready to serve our increasingly diverse communities,” said Minister Matthews. “Nurses are leaders in Ontario’s health care system, one of the best in the world. Every day, nurses make a real difference in Ontarians’ lives. CARE Centre graduates contribute to the proactive change that keeps our hospitals, clinics and other settings on the leading edge of health care delivery.”

Fanshawe College is CARE Centre’s educational partner in London. Now in its tenth year, CARE Centre operates in a number of communities in Ontario. The 23 London-area graduates come from a wide range of countries, including China, India, the Philippines, Iran, Lebanon, Columbia, United Kingdom, U.S.A., Romania, Nigeria, Benin and Botswana. Nurses who join the CARE Centre program have received an assessment from the College of Nurses of Ontario and a Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment, and either have received or applied for permanent residency status.

“CARE’s program for internationally educated nurses is one of Ontario’s original Bridge Training programs and it remains a great success story,” said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. “Our government is pleased to invest in programs like this that help internationally educated professionals put their skills to work for Ontario.”

“We are very proud to welcome our CARE Centre graduates into London’s workforce as fully accredited health care professionals,” said Mayor Joe Fontana. “We need them and we recognize the challenges they have faced, not only in achieving their re-qualification but also in the personal journey that led them to Canada and to London. Thank you for your skills, your determination and your desire to be an important part of our diverse community. Congratulations on a job well done.”

Now in its 10th anniversary year, CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses is a not-for-profit professional organization founded in 2001. CARE Centre supports internationally educated nurses in updating their credentials and training to meet Ontario standards for Registered Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses, obtain employment, advance in their careers, and contribute to health care excellence in Ontario. CARE Centre achieves these goals through case management support, nursing-specific language training, exam preparation, mentoring and networking, and recognizing the unique skills, education and experience of internationally educated nurses.

Graduation information

The CARE Centre graduation event will take place on Friday, March 25th 2011.

The Grand Hall, Windermere Manor, at 200 Collip Circle, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Minister of Health and Long Term Care Deb Matthews, London-Fanshawe MPP Khalil Ramal and Mayor Joe Fontana will speak at the event.

An RSVP for media attendance is appreciated. Please e-mail Tina Novotny at tnovotny@sympatico.ca.

Contact information

To arrange advance or on-site interviews with CARE Centre graduates or representatives, or for other media inquiries, please contact:

Tina Novotny, Write Media Ink
416-425-6455/416-836-1989
tnovotny@sympatico.ca

 

For more information, please contact:

Heather Poole BA
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses
45 Sheppard Ave. East, Suite 512
Toronto, Ontario M2N 5W9
hpoole@care4nurses.org
416-226-2800 x240