Nineteen nurses from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia began their refresher training at Collège Lionel-Groulx in Sainte-Thérèse on February 6, 2023. This training, which will be spread over 9 to 12 months, will allow them to occupy a position in one of the facilities of the Laurentides Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS).
37 professionals with foreign degrees were selected for the Laurentians region for their skills and work experience comparable to those of employees of health and social services establishments in Quebec. They are divided into two cohorts: 19 nurses are starting their refresher training in Sainte-Thérèse, while 18 nurses, who are based in Mont-Laurier, begun on February 20. At the end of this training, an Attestation of Collegial Studies (AEC) will be issued to them. This approach will allow them to improve their knowledge and accelerate the recognition of their skills in order to be able to take the exam of the Ordre des nurses du Québec (OIIQ) and obtain their license to practice.
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During their studies at Cégep Lionel-Groulx in Sainte-Thérèse, these students will work as orderlies at the Center d’hébergement Hubert-Maisonneuve. These candidates have agreed to stay in the region for three years and to practice nursing in the various facilities of the CISSS des Laurentides.
For the President and CEO of the CISSS des Laurentides, Ms. Rosemonde Landry, the arrival of these workers is excellent news for the organization. “We are proud to welcome these new employees who will come to support our network. As the largest employer in the region, the CISSS des Laurentides must do everything possible to welcome and integrate these professionals. A project of this magnitude could not be realized without the support and committed work of our leading collaborators, namely the Ministry of Immigration, Francisation and Integration, the Ministry of Higher Education, the Ministry of the Family and the Department of Health and Social Services,” she said.
For Collège Lionel-Groulx, this project fits perfectly with its mission, which aims to train generations of humanist and civic-minded students in a caring environment. “Accessibility to higher education is a daily concern and that is why this project makes us so proud. The diversity of college pathways makes it possible to better meet the needs of both students and the labor market,” said Director General Michel Louis Beauchamp.
The deployment of this project in the southern part of the region is based on significant collaborative work by several other players, including Collège Lionel-Groulx and the community organization ABL Immigration Basses-Laurentides. A lot of effort has been made to welcome students from their arrival at the airport to their accommodation in their new home. Municipalities and RCMs also play an important role in the community integration of these students.