Nurses receive support to join B.C.’s health system more quickly

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  • The province is making it easier for internationally educated nurses to
    work in B.C.’s healthcare system with new financial supports and a
    faster, more efficient assessment pathway.
    Internationally educated nurses (IENs) will no longer be required to
    pay application and assessment fees upfront, which cost more than
    $3,700. These fees will be covered directly by the Province in order to
    remove financial barriers for internationally educated workers who want
    to work in B.C.
    “Supporting nurses is key to our work to making health care
    accessible to all British Columbians. Still, the demand for nurses is
    outpacing the supply,” said Premier David Eby. “There are talented
    and skilled nurses with the right experience who want to practise in
    B.C. and support highquality care, but they are kept on the sidelines
    by an expensive and complicated registration process. Whether a
    nurse was trained in or out of the province, we are ready to welcome
    those who are ready to care for British Columbians.”
    The Province is also providing new financial support to nurses
    returning to practice after a period of absence. Nurses looking to
    return to practice will no longer be required to pay a $300 application
    fee, and more than $4,000 in financial support will be available to
    cover assessment and eligible travel costs for nurses taking
    assessments in order to reenter the workforce.
    Nurses returning to practice will also be eligible to access as much as
    $10,000 in bursaries for any additional education required for returning
    to practice.
    “The Province is committed to making it easier and less costly for
    internationally educated nurses and returntopractice nurses to become
    licensed to practise in British Columbia and join the health workforce,”
    said Harwinder Sandhu, Parliamentary Secretary for Senior’s Services
    and LongTerm Care. “As a nurse educated outside of Canada, I have
    firsthand knowledge that it could take years for an IEN to be granted
    registration. I am glad to see the progress made by the BC College of
    Nurses and Midwives, and the Nursing Community Assessment Service
    to streamline the process for credential and competency assessments
    for IENs. The contribution of IENs to our health care is far reaching.
    They bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and dedication to their
    work. I am proud of our government’s commitment to welcoming more
    people to join the nursing profession so that our public health system
    can be wellsupported in the long run.”
    This announcement is part of B.C.’s broader Health Human Resources
    Strategy, which was announced on Sept. 29, 2022. The strategy
    supports patients by ensuring they get the health services they need
    and are cared for by a healthy workforce. It focuses on 70 key
    actions to retain, recruit and train healthcare workers, while
    redesigning the healthcare system to foster workplace satisfaction and
    innovation. (news.gov.bc.ca)

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