Newfoundland and Labrador announced funding to support internationally trained nurses

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On June 22, 2023, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced $260,000 to help internationally trained nurses work in Newfoundland and Labrador. The funding will help nursing regulators by implementing a call-answering service contract, creating a Registration Support Assistant position, and providing an incentive program through NLHS. 

This is in line with recent amendments to the Registered Nurses Regulations, which will streamline registered nurses’ registration and licensing process and make it easier for nurses educated outside the province to work in Newfoundland and Labrador. The funding also aligns with Health Accord Newfoundland and Labrador recommendations to improve the recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals.

The Department of Immigration, Population Growth, and Skills provided funding in 2021 for the College of Registered Nurses to open a satellite location to offer education credential reviews, language proficiency reviews, and competency assessments to support regulators in making evidence-based registration decisions.

Minister of Health and Community Services Honourable Tom Osborne stated:

“The College of Registered Nurses and the College of Licenced Practical Nurses will be equipped with the necessary resources to efficiently streamline the license and registration processes in accordance with the recently issued Registered Nursing Regulations due to the funding. The number of licensed RNs and LPNs will increase as a result of the recruitment of Canadian and international nurses, which will decrease the workload of our present nurses and improve patient care.”


Newfoundland and Labrador made easier recruitment of internationally-trained nurses

On June 2, 2023, Newfoundland and Labrador made it easier for internationally-trained nurses to work in the province by amending the Registered Nurses Regulations. The changes include establishing a Designated Countries Pathway for nurses from seven countries, including the US, UK, India, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland, and reducing costs and education assessment time for International Nursing Applicants. The Provincial Government plans to welcome approximately 200-300 nurses from India by the end of this year. Currently, there are already 200 internationally-educated nurses working in the province.

More than 500 more nurses have joined the healthcare sector since April 2022. The Provincial Government anticipates being able to recruit more nurses in the province with improved registration and licensing processes. Click here to read the complete update

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