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Bridging program for internationally-trained nurses


A graduation ceremony held recently by the Chinese Professionals Association of Canada (CPAC), celebrated the successful completion of the second cycle of the training courses by the participants of CPAC-Gateway for Internationally-Educated Nurses Program.

The program aims to help internationally-educated nurses (IEN) obtain registration and find employment in Ontario.

Over a hundred participants are getting help from this career bridging program launched by CPAC in October 2011 with funding from the government of Ontario and the federal government.

The 40-plus hours of classroom training courses – Introduction to Nursing Practice in Ontario and Workplace Culture and Communication Training – are important components of the program.

The instructor is a nurse practitioner at UHN and a lecturer at the University of Toronto. She has extensive clinical and teaching experiences, plus a deep insight into the international nursing practices.

“Attending the courses has helped enhance my skills and knowledge regarding nursing in Ontario. It has also helped boost my confidence to pursue my goal in my nursing field,” said Maria Mariane, an internationally-educated nurse from the Philippines and one of the program graduates, who just obtained her nursing license.

“To my fellow IENs, I want to say this: Just be patient, be persistent, believe in yourself, and always think positive. Thank you, CPAC, for helping me in achieving my career goal!”

The next classroom training courses begin this month and recruitment of participants is underway.

In addition to the training courses, the other components of the Gateway Program for IENs include one-on-one mentoring support, study groups for exam preparation and employment services.


For whom

To be eligible for this program, the applicant must be a permanent resident or citizen of Canada, have relevant nursing education in the country of origin, language skills of CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) 7 or higher, and be committed to obtaining RN/RPN licence and working in the nursing profession in Ontario in the near future.


The program

In order to service participants at different stages of registration process effectively, the program is delivered in three modules, namely CNO (College of Nurses of Ontario) assessment module, CNO registration module and employment module.

The CNO assessment module is for those who have not been assessed by CNO, the CNO registration module is for those who have received assessment from CNO and are currently working toward registration.

The employment module is for those who seek employment or job shadowing/internship placement opportunities. Program participants may join the suitable module of the program depending on their individual needs.
Partners of the program include Care Centre for Internationally-Educated Nurses, Registered Nurses Association Ontario (rnao)/Registered Practical Nurses Association Ontario (rpnao), Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care Centre, Carefirst Seniors and Community Services Association and Skills for Change.


Introduction to nursing practices in Ontario

This course consists of 22 hours’ classroom instruction and is delivered by nursing experts. It provides comprehensive and in-depth information on various aspects of nursing practice in Ontario.


Workplace culture and communication training

This training consists of 22 hours’ classroom instruction. Topics include culture differences between Canada and other countries, culture sensitive practice, ethic and legal issues. It will equip the participants with essential soft skills to overcome cultural challenges in the workplace in Ontario.


One-on-one mentoring support

Professionally established mentors offer support, guidance and assistance to the mentees (program participants) in all steps leading to full registration and employment.


Employment services

Individual counselling: The employment counsellor helps participants work out job search strategies and an action plan. Continuous support and guidance from the counsellor is provided to participants throughout the job search process.

Job shadowing, volunteer, internship/clinical placement: Participants are provided with job shadowing and volunteer opportunities, internship/clinical placement to obtain relevant Canadian work experience.

Job matching: Based on their profile and career interest, the job developer will proactively connect participants with potential employers to develop working opportunities for the program participants.


About CPAC

The Chinese Professionals Association of Canada (CPAC) is a federally registered, not-for-profit organization with the objective of serving and representing the interests of immigrant professionals. The Association has a membership of 27,000 across Canada and is the largest of its kind in Canada. Since its inception in 1992, it has expanded to serve diverse internationally-trained professionals and plays an increasingly important role in the multicultural Canadian society, particularly in the Greater Toronto Area.

For inquiries and registration, contact Steven Zeng at 416-298-7885 ext 102, or e-mail szeng@chineseprofessionals.ca.

Posted: Mar 3, 2013

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