Health Match BC attended the 2022 Filipino Nurse Convention

Health Match BC attended the 2022 Filipino Nurse Convention

April 01, 2022
"Our vision is for Filipinos to fill the shortage and gaps in nursing - a vision everyone shares", claims Consul General Maria Austria of the Philippine Consulate in BC. 

This was one of many statements shared at the first Filipino Nurse Convention held on March 25 at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver. This convention is meant to explore the future of internationally trained nurses in the Philippines, shedding light on the licensing process and opportunities with various programs. 

Along with Health Match BC, several other organizations (Sternberg College, Western Community College, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and Langley community services society showcased their booths with a number of helpful information and material on nursing opportunities.

A significant statement made by the Consulate General however, were the top barriers in training internationally educated nurses, which was both the lack of awareness on the application process and the lack of funding. 

Health Match BC aims to address these issues by supporting a new provincial approach for the recruitment of Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs.  In collaboration with the Health Authorities, the initiative will include a new provincial marketing strategy that will promote a BC-first approach to recruitment; the launch of a new provincial website specific to IENs;  a new provincial candidate tracking system to identify and address these barriers; a new bursary program; and specialized services for licensing, immigration, and employment.

We are hopeful that in the near future, Health Match BC will help break the existing barriers that exist in IENs from all over the globe, including IENs in the Filipino community. We are hopeful that this can be achieved by working on this shared vision, as mentioned by Maria Austria, together.

Stay tuned for more updates on our our new IEN initiative at Health Match BC, including a brand new provincial website!


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