This specialized CARE Centre program is a series of three comprehensive courses featuring innovative audio, video and e-learning activities that help Internationally Educated Nurses and English as a Second Language nurses develop and practice language and communication skills in workplace settings. The prerequisite for beginning the program is Canadian Language Benchmark 7 or higher. Widely acclaimed by CARE Centre members and partner organizations, this program was developed with language specialists in consultation with Expert Nurses to meet the specific needs of IENs and ESL nurses.
Each of the three levels addresses different nursing functions, such as confident nurse-client interviews, effective telephone communication, and concise language for documentation and reporting. These courses prepare nurses to interact confidently with patients, their families and advocates, and all healthcare colleagues in the occupational context. Self-directed online learning options allow students additional practice hours. A certificate is awarded on completion of each level, and is a valuable addition to the nursing portfolio.
Upon successful completion of the first course, nurses will be able to use the best practices of nursing communication to:
Prerequisite: Canadian Language Benchmark 7 or higher
Hours of instruction: 48
Prerequisite: Language & Communication for Nurses 1
Hours of instruction: 48
Upon successful completion of this third course, nurses will be able to use the best practices of nursing communication to:
Prerequisite: RN/RPN or LCN 1 and 2
Hours of instruction: 96
“We learned to skim and scan and to summarize; we learned with role-play and group work. We learned not only the required material, but also from each other. We were transformed by knowledge and practice.” – Varda Messinger, Thornhill, Ontario
“This course is essential for nurses… It teaches us how to be confident when talking to different health care professionals. I strongly recommend it. All internationally educated nurses will benefit from it!” – Mi Li, Toronto, Ontario
CARE Centre now makes the Language and Communication for Nurses program available to health care partners who value the curriculum and want to offer it to their own employees. CARE Centre can customize modules, content as well as length, to meet specific organizational needs, and can facilitate delivery of the program on-site or via Ontario Tele-medicine Network videoconferencing. CARE Centre members who graduate with LCN certificates stand out in the nursing workforce.
“Yee Hong Centre-Markham really appreciates CARE Centre for customizing Language and Communication for Nurses program to meet the particular needs of our employees and client groups in long term care. Nurses with English as a Second Language are better prepared to excel in the environment of geriatric care upon completion of the program.” – Amy Go, Executive Director, Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care, Markham
“The Language and Communication for Nurses Level 3 program provides a wonderful and much needed opportunity for our participants to enhance their nursing language applicable to the workplace and also gives them the benefit of working with other IENs. Through this program they develop a support network which goes beyond this course.” -Daniela Beckford, Project Manager, IEN/ESL Nurse Integration Project, Hamilton Health Sciences