Workforce Integration Initiatives for Multiple Professions in Newfoundland and Labrador

October 28, 3:45 – 4:45 - Ballroom A

Table 5

English, Pillar 3-Bridging; Pillar 4-Workplace Integration

Louise Jones; Norma Baker, Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professionals

Objective: To share the tools and resources developed to support specific IEHPs in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) in obtaining registration.

Partnerships: Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professions (NLCHP), Health Canada, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Memorial University, College of the North Atlantic (CONA).

Design/Methods: Development of a web portal, three online modules (Jurisprudence, Canadian Health Care System, Mentorship), and bridging programs/elements.

Results:

  • Web portal launched (http://chplearning.ca/)
  • Jurisprudence module launched; 6 versions for 6 professions - Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncturists, Audiologists, Dental Hygienists, Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs), Respiratory Therapists (RTs), Speech Language Pathologists
  • The Canadian Health Care System launched; one version to address needs of all professions
  • Mentoring module in development
  • Ongoing building of processes and pathways for registration for MLTs and RTs

Conclusions: Previous IEHP funding and current sharing across jurisdictions has enabled the NLCHP to develop tools and resources to meet the educational needs of specific IEHPs in NL.

Implications for Practice or Policy: NLCHP has limited expertise to evaluate IEHP’s credentials and competency.  NLCHP will need to continue to collaborate with CONA and other organizations or jurisdictions to develop and/or maintain necessary tools and resources. The aim of the bridging programs, specifically, is to prepare IEHP’s to successfully pass their national exam, which is a requirement for registration within NL.

Future Directions: All new applicants for registration in the professions regulated by the NLCHP must now complete the Jurisprudence module, regardless if a Canadian or international graduate. The resources developed for MLTs and RTs at CONA will continue to be made available after the life of the project.

Acknowledgements: New Brunswick Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists; the Centre for Nursing Studies, NL; the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS).