Health Care Culture, Language and Communication Skills for Internationally Educated Nurses (HCLC for IENs) (formerly BPIEN-Level 1)

If your English proficiency level is:

  • Speaking: CLB Level 8 or IELTS 7
  • Listening: CLB Level 8 or IELTS 7
  • Reading: CLB Level 8 or IELTS 7
  • Writing: CLB Level 7 or IELTS 6.5

(*Minimum CLB requirements subject to change)

If your goals are to:

  • re-enter your profession as a licensed nurse in Canada
  • improve your language and socio-cultural communication skills to succeed in the workplace

If you want to:

  • learn the skills and strategies necessary to succeed in various learning environments (e.g., additional training programs, a post-secondary institution, etc.)
  • improve your language (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and cultural communication skills for re-entry into the nursing profession
  • increase your cultural awareness about nursing practice in Canada
  • develop language skills and strategies to increase your readiness to take a required language proficiency assessment for licensing purposes (e.g., CELBAN)

HCLC for IENs Program Overview: This program is provided FREE OF CHARGE (no cost) to participants. It is funded by Immigration, Refugees, Citizenship Canada.

The HCLC for IENs is a program designed for internationally educated nurses and delivered through Red River College’s Language Training Centre. The focus of this program is assisting internationally educated nurses to build knowledge and skills related to health care culture, language and communication for interacting with patients, patients’ families, and health professionals within the Canadian health care context.

The focus of all classes, online preparation, assessments and assignments will be on Language, Culture and Communication used in the nursing profession within the Canadian Health Care Context. Skill-building in speaking, listening, reading and writing specific to the nursing context will be emphasized.

Topics Include

  1. Introduction to Language and Communication
  2. Intercultural Communication
  3. Nursing in Manitoba:
    • Overview of Health Care in Canada and Manitoba
    • Patient-Centred Practice
    • Collaborative Practice
    • Professional Communication (“soft” skills)
  4. Taking Care of Patients and their Families
    • Effective Interviewing
    • Therapeutic Communication
    • Communicating with Challenging Patients
  5. Strategies for Effective Communication and Lifelong Learning

Program Dates (15-week Program)

IMPORTANT: This program is delivered in the fall or winter term only if the number of students enrolled meets the minimum number required by the funder. It is important to apply early.

  • Fall 2020: September 8, 2020 to December 18, 2020
  • Winter 2021: Not Offered

If there are not enough applicants enrolled to offer the Health Care Culture, Language and Communication Skills for Internationally Educated Nurses (HCLC for IENs) (formerly BPIEN-Level 1) Fall Term, the applicants will have the following options:

Application Deadline: Complete application packages must be received at the Language Training Centre (hard copies) by 4pm on Friday, August 7, 2020.

Satisfactory Completion of Health Care Culture, Language and Communication Skills for Internationally Educated Nurses (HCLC for IENs) (formerly BPIEN-Level 1) is based on:

  • successful completion of all program requirements
  • demonstrated skills and knowledge of BPIEN units and achievement of outcomes
  • attendance (minimum 80% of F2F component)

Final progress report is issued to participants:

  • CLB level in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
  • strengths and weaknesses in language and communication

Download: Health Care Culture, Language and Communication Skills for Internationally Educated Nurses (formerly BPIEN-Level 1)
Eligibility
Application Package

Contact

Shiela M. Diestro
speralta@rrc.ca
Admissions/Student Records Officer
Red River College – Language Training Centre

WELARC (Winnipeg English Language Assessment and Referral Centre)

400-275 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
204.943.5387
info@welarc.net
www.welarc.net