Filipino nurses want equal education recognition in Canada

By Jhong de la Cruz/inquirer.net – A support group for Philippine-trained nurses is launching a petition drive to ask nursing governing bodies to recognize Filipinos’ nursing education as comparable to that of Canadian registered nurses.

Calling themselves Pinoy Nurses IEN-NNAS Application for Canadian Registration, members of the group have become frustrated over the hurdles they face during the initial phase of registration conducted by the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS), the body launched in 2014 to streamline the registration of internationally educated nurses (IENs) in Canada.

The criticism came on the heels of the three-year plan the NNAS has outlined stressing greater links with provincial nursing regulatory bodies and harmonizing the initial phase of registration process for IENs.

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Twenty-one nursing regulatory bodies across the nine provinces except Quebec that govern registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses are members of the NNAS.

According to its 2015 annual report, the NNAS received 4,027 applications from IENs between August 2014 and March 2015, with an average of 102 days processing time from start to the issuance of an advisory report.

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