Preceptor Virtual Education Series

Supporting Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) transitioning to Canadian Practice.

Red River College is offering virtual workshops that will provide practical tips and evidence-informed strategies to help you work more effectively with IENs as they transition into your facility. Each session is repeated three times per week to provide options for participation.


Four workshops are being offered, with content related to effective communication included within each one.

The workshops are open to all LPNs, RNs and RPNs who work with IENs as a preceptor or colleague.

Workshop titles and their topics are as follows:

Session 1 – The IEN as a Learner

This session will highlight the unique challenges IENs encounter entering and integrating into the Canadian nursing workforce.

Session 2 – Creating a Safe and Welcoming Environment

A supportive work environment is a key component of successful integration. This session will present a number of case studies that highlight the positive steps some work settings have adopted to support IENs and discuss the threats to patient safety that arise when a culturally safe environment is absent.” 

Session 3 – Providing Safe and Effective Feedback

This session will highlight the importance of providing clear and effective feedback to IENs.

Session 4 – Transition to Full Scope of Practice

This session will focus on the continued development of the IEN as they take on the full scope of practice of the RN.


All workshops will be offered online through Microsoft Teams, software that is free of charge and can be accessed using a web browser, the Microsoft Teams computer program or the mobile app.


Workshops are offered free of charge.


To register for a workshop, complete the following form.

NOTE: Attend all four sessions and earn a certificate of completion from Red River College.

Preceptor Virtual Education Series

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Session 1: The IEN as a Learner
Session 2: Creating a Safe and Welcoming Environment
Session 3: Providing Safe and Effective Feedback
Session 4: Transition to Full Scope of Practice

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If you have questions about the workshops, email Catherine Baxter at