International nurses complete JGH internships on path to certification

Internationally trained nurses gather during their internships at the JGH in March. Front, from left: Vanessa Audrye Toumegne Tendom (Cameroon), Sandrine Lamirée Martin (Madagascar), Rose-Derlande Philistin (Haiti) and Francis Nwukwi (Cameroon). Middle, from left: Stephane Mime Nkomba (Cameroon) and Doriane Meutcheye Fomo (Cameroon). Rear: Nadia Susel, Senior Advisor in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. Not shown: Emmanuella Bih Soh (Cameroon).
Internationally trained nurses gather during their internships at the JGH in March. Front, from left: Vanessa Audrye Toumegne Tendom (Cameroon), Sandrine Lamirée Martin (Madagascar), Rose-Derlande Philistin (Haiti) and Francis Nwukwi (Cameroon). Middle, from left: Stephane Mime Nkomba (Cameroon) and Doriane Meutcheye Fomo (Cameroon). Rear: Nadia Susel, Senior Advisor in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. Not shown: Emmanuella Bih Soh (Cameroon).

Members of our CIUSSS demonstrate generosity in helping recruits adapt

Seven nurses from Cameroon, Madagascar and Haiti completed internships at the Jewish General Hospital in March as they pursue their goal to practise in Quebec and familiarize themselves with our healthcare network.

The internships marked another step in a journey that began with their arrival in Montreal last fall after being recruited by our CIUSSS under Quebec’s Programme d’accueil et d’intégration d’étudiant(e)s infirmier(ère)s diplômé(e)s hors Canada.

Since arriving in Montreal, the nurses began a study program at the CÉGEP de Saint-Laurent to obtain nursing licences in Quebec, and each took advantage of opportunities to work part-time as orderlies at the JGH, Donald Berman Jewish Eldercare and Donald Berman Maimonides Geriatric Centre.

They expressed gratitude to members of our CIUSSS who helped them acclimatize to a new country, the harsher climate and a new work environment. In particular, they voiced their appreciation for Nadia Susel, Senior Advisor on our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging team, who coordinated efforts to lend them a helping hand.

Ms. Susel not only helped prepare them before their arrival, she oversaw donation drives that collected everything from winter clothes and household appliances to school supplies and other basic needs.

“Everything was arranged for us so that our training could go smoothly.”

Francis Nwukwi, nurse from Cameroon

Beverly Kravitz, Director of Human Resources, Communications, Legal Affairs and Global Security, highlighted the role of Ms. Susel in almost singled-headedly arranging and collecting the donations.

“Being a nurse by profession, Nadia is sensitive to the importance of a warm welcome and seamless integration,” Ms. Kravitz says. 

Individual members of our CIUSSS also practiced personal acts of generosity. Patricia Ndanjoe, a Nurse Manager at Jewish Eldercare, housed some of the recruits temporarily in her home until they found apartments. In addition, she donated gift bags of toys, toiletries and winter clothes, as well as raising funds. Staff at Jewish Eldercare also donated scrubs and shoes.

“Being an immigrant myself, I know the difficulties they could face. I felt I wanted to do anything I could to help them settle here.”

Nurse Manager Patricia Ndanjoe, who came to Canada from Cameroon.

Ms. Kravitz said the welcome by our CIUSSS was an essential part of helping the international nurses adapt.

“When you bring people into your house, you want them to feel welcome and appreciated,” Ms. Kravitz says. “And helping people is part of who we are.”

The nurses will be back for two more internships at the JGH this year.