For the third time, Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) has engaged in an initiative to support Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) in bridging the education gap when obtaining licensure with the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM). The Region supported 10 IEN’s throughout the theory component while the clinical portion was completed within facilities in PMH. When all the educational components were complete the IEN’s were ready to apply for registration with CRNM and begin employment in the Region.
One of the licensing requirements, a language test, was impossible to obtain when all testing was cancelled due to the pandemic. This posed a barrier for the IEN’s in obtaining licensure and starting employment.
In December, the Manitoba Heallth Mininster reached out to CRNM and worked together to allow a group of 39 IENs in Manitoba to practice either as graduate nurses or on a temporary full registration. The changes will make qualified, internationally educated nurses eligible to be placed on the graduate nurse registration, even if they have not written and passed the national nursing exam (NCLEX-RN), or if they have not written the language test or have an expired language test score.
In Prairie Mountain Health, seven of the 10 IEN’s have started employment, four in Dauphin, two in Brandon and one in Reston & Virden. Others are expected to obtain registration in the coming weeks and begin employment as Registered Nurses in PMH..
Mae Balisi, IEN, working at DRHC on the Medicine unit.