Opportunities for International Nurses

Unlocking Opportunities for International Nurses in the New Brunswick Healthcare System

In a significant stride towards bolstering its healthcare workforce, New Brunswick welcomes international nurses with open arms. Health Minister Bruce Fitch, on January 30, 2024, celebrated the invaluable contributions of nurses with international education at Loch Lomond Villa in Saint John.

Recruitment Success and Growing Workforce

A recent recruitment mission in the Philippines has yielded over 180 accepted job offers. Since 2021, more than 500 internationally educated nurses, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and healthcare aides, have been recruited. Of these, over 200 are already gainfully employed in the province, while others are progressing through the immigration process.

Streamlined Licensing Process

In a proactive move, the licensing process for nurses from 14 countries seeking to practice in New Brunswick has been expedited. This initiative allows these nurses to engage in support positions while awaiting full licensure.

Canada’s Commitment to International Health Professionals

Canada, as part of its broader commitment to global talent in healthcare, expedites accreditation for foreign health professionals. With a dedicated investment of $86 million for credential recognition, the Canadian government supports 6,600 internationally trained health professionals. This financial allocation aims to enhance recognition processes, simplify credential recognition steps, and provide increased field practice opportunities.

Key Initiatives Under the Investment

The $86 million investment will be distributed among 15 organizations nationwide, focusing on:

  • Barriers Reduction: Enhancing recognition processes and simplifying steps for internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs).
  • Canadian Work Experience: Providing IEHPs with relevant Canadian work experience, along with supportive services like childcare, transportation, mentoring, and coaching.
  • Labor Mobility Facilitation: Easing mobility between Canadian jurisdictions for health professionals, reducing systemic and administrative barriers for those wanting to work in different provinces.
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This investment not only accelerates recognition processes but also facilitates Canadian work experience for internationally trained health professionals, particularly critical amid Canada’s healthcare workforce demands.

New Brunswick’s Commitment to Healthcare Professionals

In a significant stride towards bolstering its healthcare workforce, New Brunswick welcomes international nurses with open arms. Health Minister Bruce Fitch, on January 30, 2024, celebrated the invaluable contributions of nurses with international education at Loch Lomond Villa in Saint John.

Recruitment Success and Growing Workforce

A recent recruitment mission in the Philippines has yielded over 180 accepted job offers. Since 2021, more than 500 internationally educated nurses, including registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and healthcare aides, have been recruited. Of these, over 200 are already gainfully employed in the province, while others are progressing through the immigration process.

Streamlined Licensing Process

In a proactive move, the licensing process for nurses from 14 countries seeking to practice in New Brunswick has been expedited. This initiative allows these nurses to engage in support positions while awaiting full licensure.

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Canada’s Commitment to International Health Professionals

Canada, as part of its broader commitment to global talent in healthcare, expedites accreditation for foreign health professionals. With a dedicated investment of $86 million for credential recognition, the Canadian government supports 6,600 internationally trained health professionals. This financial allocation aims to enhance recognition processes, simplify credential recognition steps, and provide increased field practice opportunities.

Key Initiatives Under the Investment

The $86 million investment will be distributed among 15 organizations nationwide, focusing on:

  • Barriers Reduction: Enhancing recognition processes and simplifying steps for internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs).
  • Canadian Work Experience: Providing IEHPs with relevant Canadian work experience, along with supportive services like childcare, transportation, mentoring, and coaching.
  • Labor Mobility Facilitation: Easing mobility between Canadian jurisdictions for health professionals, reducing systemic and administrative barriers for those wanting to work in different provinces.

This investment not only accelerates recognition processes but also facilitates Canadian work experience for internationally trained health professionals, particularly critical amid Canada’s healthcare workforce demands.

New Brunswick’s Commitment to Healthcare Professionals

New Brunswick, in alignment with its commitment to a well-trained and experienced healthcare workforce, prioritizes attracting, supporting, and retaining qualified healthcare professionals. With opportunities available in both English and French, various provincial departments and employers collaborate closely to meet the evolving needs of the healthcare sector.

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Support for Internationally Educated Healthcare Professionals (IEHPs)

Recognizing the challenges faced by applicants educated outside Canada, the provincial Department of Health in New Brunswick offers comprehensive navigation services. These services aim to assist internationally trained healthcare professionals in their journey toward licensure, acknowledging the time and resources required for this process.

New Brunswick’s embrace of international nurses and Canada’s substantial investment in recognizing foreign-trained health professionals signal a collective effort to address healthcare workforce challenges.

Support for Internationally Educated Healthcare Professionals (IEHPs)

Recognizing the challenges faced by applicants educated outside Canada, the provincial Department of Health in New Brunswick offers comprehensive navigation services. These services aim to assist internationally trained healthcare professionals in their journey toward licensure, acknowledging the time and resources required for this process.

New Brunswick’s embrace of international nurses and Canada’s substantial investment in recognizing foreign-trained health professionals signal a collective effort to address healthcare workforce challenges.

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