Helping Immigrants with Nursing Training, Credentials and NNAS in Canada
If you are an internationally trained nurse looking to continue your career in Canada, Windmill Microlending can help you afford the related costs of assessment, training, licensing exams, supplies, and even a living allowance during a period of study.
A Loan from Windmill Sets Our Nursing Clients on the Road to Success
Support for Licensing and Training for all Types of Nursing
We have supported immigrants and refugees seeking licensing as a Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), and Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) in Ontario.
We also assist nurses in qualifying for alternative careers, for example as a nurse aide.
How Windmill Microlending Can Help You
Windmill Microlending is a registered charity serving immigrants and refugees in Canada since 2005. We believe all Canadians benefit when newcomers have the opportunity to use their skills and experience, and realize their economic potential.
We understand the unique needs and challenges of immigrant nurses and work alongside our clients to help them succeed.
We offer microloans of up to $15,000 to help you get the credentials you need. You must be born outside of Canada and currently living in Canada as a permanent resident, provincial nominee, protected person or Canadian citizen.
Nursing Case Study
Puangkaew, an operating nurse from Thailand, came to Canada through the live-in caregiver program. Read how Windmill helped her get the credentials she needed to restart her nursing career.
Puangkaew, the youngest of five children in her family, watched her parents sacrifice financially so that she and her siblings could experience higher education. Puangkaew’s love of helping people led her to become an operating nurse in Thailand. Although the position paid well, Puangkaew wanted to give more back to her elderly parents who had done so much for her.
She decided to come to Canada through the live-in caregiver program. She arrived in 2008 with minimal English comprehension, but her goal was to learn the language and to get back into her field.
Puangkaew’s road to becoming a registered nurse in Canada was not as easy as she had hoped. Language was a barrier. She started English as Second Language classes around the time she submitted her credentials to the College of Nurses of Ontario. After two years of study, Puangkaew was told she only needed to write a qualifying exam.
She attempted the exam but fell just short of passing. That year the College of Nurses of Ontario changed their requirements – now she was required to pass the exam and take a refresher course. She applied to the Mohawk College Bridging for Internationally Educated Nurses certificate program. With the costs of the program looming, and only a minimum wage job barely covering her living expenses, she knew she needed some financial assistance.
Mohawk College provided her with information about Windmill Microlending and the connection was made. She applied for the loan and used the funds towards school fees and living expenses. With Windmill’s financial support, Puangkaew was able to successfully pass all her requirements and become a registered nurse.
Puangkaew is currently working in cardiac surgery inside the operating room of a large Ontario hospital. Puangkaew came to Canada as a hopeful newcomer and encountered many obstacles, but sheer determination led her to Canadian citizenship and back into the operating room.
- The assessment and licensing process for nurses can be quite lengthy. Assessment is through the NNAS, and can be started before arriving in Canada.
- Link to a Canadian occupational profile for nurses from the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials