Alberta Health bringing international nurses to work in North Zone

Nurse in training, image via Wikimedia Commons
Nurse in training, image via Wikimedia Commons

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is adding 70 newly recruited nurses from various international backgrounds to their staff.  

Approximately 50 of them are designated for AHS’ North Zone, which includes Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo.

These nurses come from 15 different countries and have successfully met all the requisite criteria for practicing in Alberta.

Fadumo Robinson, Associate Chief Nursing Officer, who is spearheading AHS’ efforts in recruiting and integrating internationally educated nurses, stated, “These nurses have answered the call from across the globe and bring a wealth of skill and experience with them.”

“We want them to succeed and find fulfillment in their new workplaces and communities. Our integration strategy encompasses both clinical and non-clinical support services provided by AHS and within the communities.”

To further bolster the ranks of Registered Nurses in the province, AHS is extending support to internationally educated nurses already employed as licensed practical nurses or healthcare aides, enabling them to expand their skills and knowledge to become registered nurses.

Plans are also in progress to recruit nurses for intensive care units and emergency departments in urban centers. These efforts align with AHS’ comprehensive health workforce strategy aimed at fortifying and expanding its workforce throughout the province.

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