The Ontario Internationally Educated Nurses Course Consortium, which includes  Ryerson , Trent, Windsor, and York universities, are working together to develop a two year competency-bridging program of study to help prepare Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) to launch their registered nursing careers in Ontario.

With financial support from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, the Ontario IEN Course Consortium has already developed three competency-based, baccalaureate-level courses for IENs  in the areas of ethical practice, self-regulation, professional responsibility and accountability, and service to the public.  These courses address the needs of IENs who have been assessed by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) as having gaps in these particular competency areas. Additionally, the Consortium developed two foundational courses to help IENs improve their English language and communication skills and enhance their understanding of the culture of nursing in Canada, so that they can function at a baccalaureate level in the competency-based courses.

The Consortium, over the course of 2018, will  build on these initial courses to create a competency-bridging program of study that will meet the educational needs of all IENs who are seeking to register as a Registered Nurse in Ontario and have been identified by CNO as having competency gaps.

Components to be developed over the next year  include:

  • creation of a project advisory committee that involves employers, employer agencies, and employed IEN Registered Nurses to inform the development of the program and ensure that employer and IEN needs are being met
  • creation of additional competency-based courses that will address gaps in the areas of knowledge based practice;
  • revision of existing courses to meet best practices in English as Additional Language pedagogy and take advantage of state of the art online learning tools and technology;
  • development of intensive clinical placements at teaching hospitals to ensure achievement of these competencies in practice, help IENs to meet CNO’s evidence of practice requirement, and link IENs to potential employers;
  • NCLEX-RN preparation workshops to assist IENs in passing the registration exam upon completion of the program.

Please revisit the site in June for more information about the program and how to apply.