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CARE Centre for IENs Celebrates New Nursing Graduates

For Immediate Release

March 8, 2012

Hamilton, ON – CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses is pleased to announce the March 30th graduation of 73 members of their Hamilton-based program. CARE Centre provides individualised case management support and specialized education to help immigrant nurses achieve Ontario registration requirements, integrate effectively and excel in health care careers. The organization is now in its eleventh year of operation, with six full years of service out of its Hamilton office at 100 James St. South. CARE Centre staff support IENs from the greater Hamilton area, Halton and Niagara Regions and Kitchener-Waterloo. The organization is headquartered in Toronto with additional offices in Brampton, London and Windsor.

“CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses has experienced great success over its history, assisting over one thousand nurses from over 140 countries to meet regulatory requirements and find rewarding employment as nurses in Ontario,” said Executive Director Zubeida Ramji. “As we expand our regional activities, CARE Centre’s IENs are positioned to make an even greater contribution to Ontario’s health care and the province’s nursing strategy.”

“The Ontario government is pleased to support organizations like CARE Centre that help newcomers put their skills and knowledge to work. With the help of CARE’s Hamilton office, newcomers in the area are getting the training and support they need to succeed. When newcomers succeed, we all succeed,” said Charles Sousa, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

Media are invited to attend the Hamilton Graduation Celebration which will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at The Art Gallery of Hamilton. A buffet lunch will be served. The event will be attended by graduates and their families, settlement agencies, health care organizations and government officials.

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 Mohawk College, as well as opportunities and support from health care institutions including Hamilton Health Sciences. 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).

An RSVP confirming media attendance is appreciated. Please e-mail Tina Novotny at tnovotny@care4nurses.org.

For all media inquiries please contact:

Tina Novotny (tnovotny@care4nurses.org)

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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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 February 24, 2012

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 February 24, 2012 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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Language and Communication Courses for Nurses through Videoconferencing

CARE Centre is partnering with the Ontario Telemedicine Network to adapt and deliver language and communication courses for internationally educated nurses. Funded by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, this project is called the Tele-Language Training Project.(TLT)

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Looking for Resources on Integrating Internationally Educated Nurses in your Workforce?

Internationally Educated Nurses: An Employer’s Guide (www.oha.com/ien) is a unique web-based guide designed to help hospitals and health care facilities overcome barriers faced by internationally educated nurses (IENs) from the time they enter Canada.

On the site, you will find a wealth of information, including the advantages of hiring IENs, how to create a harmonious workforce, organizational success stories and useful resources. Some health care organizations have been successful in integrating and advancing IENs. A video clip of an interview offering integration tips for employers with Verla Fortier, Senior Consultant, Nursing Recruitment and Retention at Hamilton Health Sciences.

IENs often mention their quest for respect and equal opportunities in promotion and leadership. The website includes stories by IENs about their experiences on their journey to becoming nurses in Canada. Maria Rosalie Rival, who migrated from the Philippines to Toronto in 2007, advises other IENs to research what is needed to register in Ontario before migration. Read her story.

This web-guide was produced by The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) in partnership with the Nursing Health Services Research Unit (NHSRU), McMaster site and was funded by the Government of Ontario. The research leads for the initiative are Dr. Andrea Baumann, Scientific Director, NHSRU and Dr. Jennifer Blythe, Senior Researcher, NHSRU.

For more information about the IEN Project, please contact Dr. Andrea Baumann at baumanna@mcmaster.ca , Dr. Jennifer Blythe at blytheje@mcmaster.ca or Maggie Fung at mfung@oha.com.

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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