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Healthcare news: BC streamlines international nurse registration


New funding to evaluate applications from internationally trained nurses could help applicants apply to work in British Columbia in months instead of years, officials announced Monday.

Premier David Eby said at a news conference that the province is providing $1.3 million to streamline the licensing process for those nurses to help address an ongoing staff shortage in the system. health care.

“Right now, candidates in this scenario are waiting three years to be granted registration,” Eby said. “Our goal is to bring it down, with these reforms, to four to nine months.”

The government also announced new financial supports for both internationally trained nurses and previously registered BC nurses who have left their careers.

Eby said grants currently available of about $3,700 that help nurses trained outside of Canada to cover their application review fees will now be paid upfront, rather than being reimbursed later.

The province will also help previously registered nurses with registration fees and travel costs, and provide grants of up to $10,000 for the additional education they may need to return to the hospital. back to the workforce.

“The bottom line is this: Whether or not our province has trained nurses, we are ready to welcome people who are ready to take care of the people of British Columbia,” the prime minister said.

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