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Internationally Educated Nurse Integration Project

The Government of Ontario, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD), is currently funding the Hamilton Health Sciences’ Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) Integration Project, for the period, 2020-2021. The Project has previously been funded 2009-2019 by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI) and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MCTU) (2019-2020).

This workforce integration project targets two groups:

1. Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs)

2. IENs with English as a first language

The Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN) Nurse Integration Project will help registered nurses and registered practical nurses fully integrate into Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) hospital and other healthcare organizations. The Project will provide IENs from pre-hire, through orientation, to clinical integration, a continuum of clinical (hard skill) and communication (soft skill) support including clinical assessment, clinical skills development, problem solving, improved communication skills, team relationships, professionalism, and managing conflict in a hospital setting and workplace exposure opportunities.

The Project team developed a Community Collaboration Employment Model for bridging the gap for IEN nurses working with the following partners: Mohawk College’s Bridging for International Educated Nurses (BIEN), Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses (CARE), Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion (HCCI) and McMaster University Nursing Health Services Research Unit (NHSRU).

Image os CCEM model

Due the current COVID-19 Pandemic the Project team has had to alter the delivery of Project Interventions to virtual formats. The Effective Communication Strategies for Nurses (ECSN) course has been replaced with an online Nursing Communication Foundations Course 35-50 hours, provided by CARE. The Simulation Lab at Mohawk College is not available therefore Virtual Physical Assessment sessions have been added.

Project Objectives

Communication

  • Effective Communication Strategies for Nurses, Advanced Course (ECSN), January 14-March 17, 2020, Complete
  • Effective Communication Strategies for Nurses, Advanced Course (ECSN), on hold
  • Telephone Tactics Workshop, February 20 and February 27, 2020, complete
  • Nursing Communication Foundations, ongoing registration, online, provided by CARE
  • I-CELBAN available, provided by CARE

Nursing Skills

  • Physical Assessment and Nursing Skill Sessions at the Learning Resource Centre, Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario, on hold, available Virtual format
  • Virtual Physical Assessment, June 24, 2020
  • Virtual monthly sessions to be scheduled, Physical Assessment, Medication Administration (PO subcutaneous and IM), Foley Catheterization (Male and Female)

Cultural Competency Training

  • Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion – Cultural Module Training, March 12, 2020, to be scheduled virtually for 2020-2021

Hamilton Health Sciences

  • Job Coaching, Resume Review, Interview Preparation, ongoing, virtual available if needed
  • HHS Job Shadowing, on hold
  • Lunch and Learn -Topic: Diabetic Education Sessions, Lisa Maks, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Juravinski Hospital, Dates: Jan 27: 1300 – 1500 hours, Jan 29: 1300 – 1500 hours, Feb 4: 1300 – 1500 hours, Feb 7: 1300 – 1500 hours, Feb 27: 1300 – 1500 hours, complete
  • HHS – attendance at the Second Day of the HHS Nursing Orientation, once monthly, on hold as of March 2020

Project Activities

  • Effective Communication Strategies for Nurses, Advanced Course (ECSN), April 6 – June 29, 2020, currently enrolling IENs
  • Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion – Cultural Module Training, TBD
  • Job Coaching, Resume Review, Interview Preparation, ongoing
  • HHS Job Shadowing, ongoing
  • Effective Communication Strategies for Nurses, Advanced Course (ECSN), January 14-March 17, 2020
  • Lunch and Learn -Topic: Diabetic Education Sessions, Lisa Maks, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Juravinski Hospital, Dates: Jan 27: 1300 – 1500 hours, Jan 29: 1300 – 1500 hours, Feb 4: 1300 – 1500 hours, Feb 7: 1300 – 1500 hours, Feb 27: 1300 – 1500 hours
  • Telephone Tactics Workshop, February 20 and February 27, 2020, scheduled
  • Physical Assessment and Nursing Skill Sessions at the Learning Resource Centre, Mohawk College, Hamilton, Ontario, ongoing
  • HHS – attendance at the Second Day of the HHS Nursing Orientation, once monthly as per schedule

Media Coverage

Quotes

Katerina Bukshtynova – IEN Participant says:

“I am now living my dream working in the dynamic environment of OR and I know I am not alone, I can always count on the support of my Clinical Integrator”

Predrag Todric – IEN Clinical Integrator says:

“As an IEN myself, I knew that joining this project was something I wanted to do…if I can help even one nurse to make his/her integration to a new environment easy, my mission will be almost complete”

KeivanSaeedi – IEN Participant, Future Clinical Integrator says:

“Before I found this program, I was discouraged by the process of getting registered as a nurse.  Now, I’m able to practise in Canada, and I’m on my way to achieving my goal of becoming an RN.”  Keivan is working at HHS as an RPN and is enrolled part-time at Ryerson University and hopes to graduate soon as an RN.

Awards

Hamilton Health Science’s IEN/ESL Nurse Integration Project team received the 2012 HR Summit Award for the Employer Champion of Internationally Educated Professionals (IEP)

Hamilton Health Science’s IEN/ESL Nurse Integration Project team received the inaugural 2018 Champion of Diversity Award presented by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration – January 16, 2018

Contact

For information on the project please contact:

Sarah Quan, Project Manager: quansar@hhsc.ca
Janice Collins, Administrative Assistant: collinsj@hhsc.ca

905-521-2100 ext. 77512 or ext. 77511