CLPNNS, in partnership with NSCC Receives National Honors
CLPNNS has received notice from the Foreign Credentials Referral Office and Integration (FCRO) Branch of Citizen and Immigration Canada that we have received the 2014 IQN Award. The Awards ceremony took place on 14 March 2014 in Ottawa.
International Qualification Network (IQN) Innovation Award
Over the past 4 years, the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Nova Scotia (CLPNNS) in partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and with funding from the NS Office of Immigration has developed and implemented a program for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) called The Pathway to Success. The program builds on the IENs education and experience, leading to a nursing credential (LPN) and employment in Nova Scotia (NS). Most importantly, it allows for recognition of the IENs education, and in return these professionals have remained in NS, contributing to our economy and cultural diversity.
The Pathway consists of an assessment of the IENs current knowledge, an orientation to the Canadian healthcare system, and most importantly educates the IEN to the role and scope of a LPN in NS (of note most Pathway participants have been educated as RNs in their home country). The program is delivered face-to-face over a 4-day period and includes a further 1-day exam prep for the LPN national exam, Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE).
The workshop is offered 3 times a year and feedback from the candidates acknowledge the significant contribution of all the partners to their success.
Since 2010, CLPNNS has licensed 113 IENs as LPNs in NS and today approximately 90 % are currently employed in NS.
“This is an incredible honor for all the partners and participants, and reflects the tremendous amount of effort of each partner to the overall success of the program”. – Ann Mann, Executive Director-Registrar (CLPNNS)