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Ontario health minister visits St. Michael’s to announce expansion of nursing initiative

Toronto, May 6, 2013

By Patricia Favre

Minister Matthews speaks with nurses Lisa Cluett and Peter Quan Van Le.  Cluett and Quan Van Le recently completed the Nursing Graduate Guarantee program.
Minister Matthews speaks with nurses Lisa Cluett and Peter Quan Van Le. Cluett and Quan Van Le recently completed the Nursing Graduate Guarantee program.

Health Minister Deb Matthews visited St. Michael’s today to celebrate Nursing Week and make an announcement about the expansion of the Nurse Graduate Guarantee program.

The minister announced the Ontario government was creating the Nursing Career OrIENtation Initiative to help internationally educated nurses transition to practise full-time in Ontario. The province is also expanding the Nursing Graduate Guarantee so that nurse graduates from other provinces and territories can participate.

“Our Nursing Graduate Guarantee has been a tremendous success in helping nurses gain a foothold into their profession with some immediate hands-on experience,” said Matthews. “We are now providing the same opportunity to new nurses who were educated in other provinces and internationally to ensure Ontario has the best nursing workforce providing care to patients.”

Ella Ferris, executive vice-president and chief nursing and health disciplines executive at the hospital, said St. Michael’s has been a long-time partner of CARE, the Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses.

Ferris welcomed the announcement and said “it is important for us to support nurses from other provinces and territories as well as other countries because they bring diversity to health care.”