Canadian registered nurses and retired nurses are supporting internationally educated nurses who are preparing to move to Canada. In a 40-year nursing career that focused on geriatrics, Sandra Stec met many immigrants who trained as nurses in their native countries and ended up working as health-care aides in Canadian long-term care homes.
As many internationally trained nurses find when they get to Canada, it can be challenging having your international nursing certificate or diploma recognized once you arrive. The process can seem daunting and confusing, but it doesn’t need to be. The Canadian government has funded the PASS (Pre-Arrival Supports Services) program for nurses which is a project of CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs). This is Ontario’s first government-funded bridge-training program and has already helped a great many internationally trained nurses get to where they want to be professionally.