Observational Job Shadowing (OJS)

CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses, through collaborative arrangements with a variety of health care organizations, offers an Observational Job Shadowing (OJS) opportunity to member Internationally Educated Nurses.  CARE Centre’s OJS program is a unique learning experience in which IENs, partnered with an expert nurse through a work shift, observe first-hand the nursing profession in Ontario.  OJS is strictly observational with no direct hands-on patient care.  It aims to increase the IENs’ understanding of the role and scope of practice of a nurse in a particular health care setting and better acquaint them with the language and culture of the Canadian workplace.  The duration typically ranges from three to four 8-12 hr shifts, depending on the expert nurses’ work schedule.  

Typical areas of interest IENs identify on their learning plans include:

  • Documentation (includes e-documentation)
  • Medication Administration
  • Health and Physical Assessment
  • New equipment and use of new technology
  • Therapeutic Communication
  • Nursing procedures (e.g. wound care, IV therapy etc.)
  • Telephone orders
  • Receiving/admitting/discharging patients
  • Shift reporting
  • Nursing scope of practice and nursing role in the unit
  • Best Practice Guidelines
  • Facility Policy and Procedures
  • Nursing role within the Interprofessional Team
  • Technology/ E-documentation used at the unit
  • Learn about any certification and training needed to purse the unit/ specialization
  • Facility hiring procedure
  • Networking opportunity

CARE Centre – Virtual Mentoring

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to provide an observational job shadowing placement at the facility, however, we are offering IENs a virtual mentoring opportunity to speak with an expert nurse (role description attached) via telephone or Zoom (or other electronic means).   Through this connection, IENs can ask questions regarding the above topics, learn about the facility and the role of nurses within that setting. Each facility will be required to identify an expert nurse to match with IENs as requested. The duration and frequency of contacts will be left to the IEN and Expert Nurse to schedule, but at a minimum there should be 4 interactions over the course of a month.

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