Nova Scotia seeks to expedite licensing process for Ukrainian healthcare workers

Nova Scotia is working to make the often daunting process of obtaining a medical qualification less painful for Ukrainian health care workers who have fled war with Russia and are looking to work in the Nova Scotia health care system. province.

Health Minister Michelle Thompson said Thursday work is underway to streamline the accreditation process for just over 230 Ukrainian nationals who are already in the province or want to come. The healthcare professionals were identified through a provincial website that records their qualifications and work experience, Thompson said.

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“About 60% of these applicants are doctors, 10% are nurses and 30% are from other health professions,” she told reporters. “All applicants are at different stages of the evaluation process.”

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The province has already hired three Ukrainian nationals as community navigators — liaisons between Ukrainian newcomers and the health care system. He plans to hire seven other navigators to help with translation and other tasks, such as helping newcomers obtain the proper permits to work in Nova Scotia’s healthcare system.

One of the navigators is Olena Kudenko, a lawyer from the Black Sea port city of Odessa, who arrived in Nova Scotia in June with her husband, Alix Chamalat – a doctor – and their family.

“When the first rocket went over our heads, we took a car and our children and fled,” Kedenko said, adding that his family escaped through Moldova and stayed in Bulgaria. Germany before coming to Canada and settling in Truro, Nova Scotia. where they intend to stay permanently.

Thompson said not all applicants will immediately meet the qualifications to work in their chosen field, adding that those applicants will be offered alternate roles within the healthcare network.

In Chamalat’s case, his new job will be to work as a health care aide at Colchester East Hants Health Center until he meets Canadian licensing requirements, a process he says will take up to a month. year. His position is to work under the supervision of a licensed physician or other medical professional.

“I’m happy to start at this stage,” Chamalat said.

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Earlier this week, the provincial government announced $340,000 for the Nova Scotia College of Nursing to expedite the licensing of internationally educated nurses.

Sue Smith, the college’s CEO and registrar, said work was underway to streamline the process ahead of Ukrainians’ arrival due to the health system’s growing need for more out-of-province health professionals. .

Smith said the college is simplifying requirements for English proficiency, credit for previous accreditation in Canada and earlier access to take the national nursing exam.

“We welcome that and really didn’t see it as extraordinary or negative,” Smith said.

Meanwhile, Thompson said similar work is underway with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia to review the qualifications of physicians trained outside of Canada.

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“It’s all on the table,” she said. “We know there are a number of people who want to come and work here and we want them here.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 25, 2022.

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