As of October 13, 2022 Internationally Educated Nurses, also known as IENs, are no longer required to submit their English proficiency scores to NNAS, the National Nursing Assessment Services for practice in Canada.
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What is the state of affairs for International Medical Graduates in Ontario?
“The shift vacancy rate at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital emergency department in northwestern Ontario has dropped slightly from 44 per cent in June to 41 per cent at the start of August, CEO Ray Racette says.”
“Ontario’s health minister has sent directives to the College of Nurses of Ontario (#CNO) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario directing them to make every effort to register internationally trained professionals as quickly as possible.”
“A 2020 report from Ontario’s fairness commissioner showed that 14,633 internationally educated nurses were actively pursuing a licence through the College of Nurses of Ontario. That same year, just over 2,000 international applicants became fully registered members.
Hope is finally on the horizon for Internationally Educated Nurses, living in Canada, seeking gainful employment in Canada.
While many of us are negatively impacted by COVID there have been many positive changes for Internationally Educated Nurses living across Canada seeking licensure to practice as Practical and Registered Nurses.
Back in January 2021 major changes happened with the delivery of the CELBAN, the Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses. (This is one of two English Exams required of IENs before they can become licensed health professionals in Canada.)
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