Manitoba orders regulator to remove barrier that prevented some internationally trained nurses from working – CBC

College of registered nurses will heed order that eliminates test for returning out-of-province applicants

Aug 12, 2022

Health Minister Audrey Gordon is promising to remove perhaps the biggest obstacle for internationally trained nurses working in another province who are trying to move back to Manitoba.

Gordon has issued a compliance order that forces the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba to remove its requirement that internationally educated nurses already licensed in other jurisdictions in Canada be subject to further testing if they’re trying again to be accredited in Manitoba.

The vast majority of people who take the days-long examination, referred to as the clinical competence assessment, are found to need remedial education to be licensed in the province.

The additional requirement has prevented numerous people from returning to Manitoba, critics have said.

“We have a nursing crisis and a staffing crisis in the health system,” Gordon said in an interview Thursday.

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