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The challenges of establishing practice in Canada

For nurses trained outside of Canada, establishing a practice in a totally new health care context can be complex and full of significant linguistic and cultural challenges. Often working in a second language, Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) must also learn and adapt to a whole new set of policies, procedures, workplace/professional norms and references (eg. drug names).

IENs often lack workplace support, receiving inadequate orientation and enduring negative and critical attitudes and stereotypes from managers, colleagues and patients.

Communicating: 6 Essential Skills for the Workplace — For nurses whose
first language is not English

This 3-day course will improve participants' ability to communicate confidently with managers, colleagues, patients, and patients' families. Participants will learn about six essential communication skills, and will practice these skills by enacting common workplace scenarios. As well as receiving feedback from their peers and facilitators, participants will review a video of themselves enacting one of the scenarios so that they may enhance their learning by observing themselves communicating.

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BCNU advocates for IENs

BCNU recognizes that for many IENs, the huge challenges to establishing themselves in BC begin with getting their permanent license to practice. We work to assist IENs in understanding the CRNBC challenges and steps involved in getting licensed as an RN in BC. We also advocate directly with CRNBC and the Health Authorities on issues affecting IENs once they are in the workplace.


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