n the midst of Ontario’s nursing crisis, thousands of internationally educated nurses (IEN) remain unable to practise while their applications to the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) languish, often for years.
In a letter, RNAO has called on the CNO to immediately address the backlog of more than 20,000 IEN applications from nurses eager to join Ontario’s workforce at a time of dire need. RNAO has long urged the CNO to adopt a more streamlined approach to process these applications.
As part of its advocacy on fast-tracking the IEN application process, RNAO is launching a social media campaign. RNAO invites IENs to send RNAO a picture with a sign telling us your country of origin, if you practiced there as an RN, RPN or NP, and how long you've been waiting for your nursing credentials to be validated in Ontario. Watch RNAO's video for more information.