A new program is trying to make use of the many qualifications that Internationally Trained Nurses bring to the province, while at the same time addressing the growing shortage of nurses in Ontario. The program is called Ontario Internationally Educated Nurses Course Consortium and it helps address gaps in training and competency. A total of 45 openings are available each year. The next round of applications is being accepted in May of 2019. The goal of the two year training program is helping IEN’s bridge their qualifications so that they can apply to work as Nurses once they are back in Ontario. Although the lack of nurses is a growing concern as the population ages, the process for IEN’s to qualify for work in Ontario can be fairly complex. This program could help simplify that educational process.
You can find out more about whether you qualify and how to apply here https://rncompetencies.ca/eligibility/
What is also making the shortage critical however, is the difficulty of getting into existing nursing programs here at home in Canada as the process continues to become more highly competitive. The entrance of International Universities into the Canadian market could also help with this problem. For instance, Bangor University in Wales has opened up its 3 yr BA(Hons) Nursing to Canadian students for the first time ever. The program is three FULL calendar years which means it is slightly longer than many Canadian programs. Canadian trained RPN’s can likely complete it in just two years. Half of the course time is spent in lectures and the other half is spent gaining clinical experience. You can find out more about that program here https://www.bangor.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/B741-Adult-Nursing
Addressing these shortages is critical. Figures released in 2018 by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) showed that Ontario has the worst RN-to-population ratio in Canada; only 669 RNs per 100,000 people compared to 828 RNs per 100,000 people across the rest of Canada. The one bright spot is that statistics also show the number of Nurse Practitioners is on the rise with an increase of more than 50%
To find out more about the Bangor University Nursing Program please contact Barclay Educational Services at JSB@barclayedu.com. Barclay is the only Canadian application center recognized by Bangor. There is NO CHARGE for our services. The University pays our fee.