Honorary Consul General to Canada Ashwant Dwivedi says that he has expressed interest to have Solomon Islands trained nurses included in Internationally Educated Nurses [ IENs] initiative project announced by the government in Canada today.
“I have following the Premier’s address this morning in Canada communicated to the Province of BC to express our interest to help support BC’s health care system with the opportunity to bring in registered nurses from Solomon Islands into B.C ,” Hon. Consul General Dwivedi said.
Based on news release from the Canadian Government Premiers office the Province is making it easier for internationally educated nurses to work in B.C.’s health-care system with new financial supports and a faster, more efficient assessment pathway. B.C government announced this morning that the 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. 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 re-enter the workforce.
“I have asked the Ministry of Health in Canada to provide support of process and procedures ,” Mr Dwivedi said.
Mr. Dwivedi said that presently they have access to 4 nurses from Solomon Islands who have expressed their interest to be part of the assessment process through a pilot project and to determine their eligibility.
“We will be working with the relevant Canadian regulatory council to have the credentials of the SI nurses evaluated against the Canadian nursing standards to determine their eligibility to support BC’s Health Care system,”
Mr. Dwivedi said. Mr Dwivedi said that this would be pilot project initiative and one has to be mindful that we do not put hardship to Solomon Islands Health care system by leaving SI Health struggling with its own Human Resources need.
British Columbia province has a Health care budget of $28 billion dollars which equals to about $1.2 billion Solomon dollars.
“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 high-quality 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 Premier’s statement from Canada said. 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. End.