Category Archive Nursing in Canada

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After facing a few challenges to get back in her field, a Nigerian nurse became an RN in Canada

When Thelma and her husband decided to immigrate to Canada, she had been working as a registered nurse in Nigeria for three years. Even though Thelma began the process of becoming an RN in Canada before her arrival, she could not anticipate how expensive it was going to be. The advisory report from the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) indicated that Thelma needed to take 13 courses and complete additional clinical hours to receive a license to practice in Canada. In need of financial  support, Thelma applied for a Windmill Microlending loan. She became a member of the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) a few years after landing in Canada. In January 2017, Thelma got a job as an RN working in the psychiatry department. Read her success story.

Mehrzad Nicholas GhadiriByNicholas Ghadiri

After many challenges, a nurse from India became an RPN in Canada

For ten years, Trupti worked as a nurse in India. After moving to Canada in 2012, Trupti realized that she could not find a job without a license. She was not sure what to do. At CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses, they explained how nursing worked in Canada and guided her through the steps she needed to take. Since Trupti could not afford to pay for the additional courses she needed to complete, a loan from Windmill Microlending gave her the support she required. In 2016, Trupti received her RPN license, and, within a month, she landed her first job as a Registered Practical Nurse in Ontario. Read her success story.

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RNAO: Anti-Black Racism and Discrimination in Nursing series Webinar

Join us on Monday, July 20, from 6:45 – 8:00 pm (EST) for the first webinar in our Let’s Talk about Anti-Black Racism and Discrimination in Nursing series.

In this first webinar, meet co-chairs Dr. Angela Cooper Brathwaite and Chantal Sorhaindo, who will introduce RNAO’s Black Nurses Task Force. We invite you to engage in meaningful conversations related to how race and lived experiences of Black nurses have informed their current practice. As well, we invite you to bring your questions and comments to discuss barriers to career advancement for Black nurses in order to further equal access to opportunities in the health system.

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COVID-19 Webinar: #TogetherWeCanDoIt

RNAO’s CEO, Doris Grinspun, is hosting free weekly COVID-19 webinars for health providers.

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This blog was written by Meghan Wankel, the Program Coordinator at Pre-Arrival Supports and Services (PASS).


CARE Centre’s Pre-Arrival Supports and Services (PASS) Program, funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, serves internationally educated nurses (IENs) who are planning to immigrate to Canada. To help IENs achieve their goals of registration and meaningful employment in Canada, PASS not only provides guidance and encouragement but ensures that IENs are well-informed about the credentialing assessment process, the Canadian healthcare system, as well as the wide variety of available educational and employment opportunities. Since program inception in 2016, over 700 nurses have accessed services and supports through PASS, with destinations across Canada.