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No “bridge” too far – Nurses from Jamaica join NL Health Services

Posted: June 10, 2024

Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) Health Services recently welcomed 13 nurses from Jamaica who will soon take positions as licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, St. Anthony, Corner Brook, Springdale, New-Wes-Valley, St. Lawrence and St. John’s, NL.  

In a program very similar to the practical nursing program offered in this province, in Jamaica, nurses train to become Enrolled Assistant Nurses (EANs). Since their arrival in NL, the EANs have completed practical nursing (PN) courses at the Centre for Nursing Studies (CNS) to bridge the training they received in Jamaica.  

Starting today, June 10, they begin two weeks of supervised clinical practice at Pleasant View Towers long-term care facility in St. Johns. From there, they’ll undergo a six-week clinical practice preceptorship under the wing of licensed a practical nurse (LPN) at the site where they’ll ultimately be employed.  

“We are excited to welcome these new nurses and thank them for choosing NL Health Services,” said Joanne Pelley, vice president and chief nursing information officer for NL Health Services.  

The EANs are excited to embark on this journey.  

Shanice Bryan arrives at St. John’s International Airport

“This achievement marks a significant milestone in my nursing career, and I am committed to leveraging my enhanced skills and knowledge to deliver high-quality patient care,” said Shanice Bryan. “Although I initially had apprehensions about relocating, the province’s stunning landscapes and welcoming community quickly alleviated my concerns. I have been impressed by the warmth and support of the people here, and I look forward to continuing to grow and develop in my role, providing exceptional care to my patients and contributing to the health-care community in New-Wes-Valley (Central Zone).” 

Tracia Hanson arrives at St. John’s International Airport.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to complete bridging education with the Centre for Nursing Studies and look forward to working as a licensed practical nurse,” said Tracia Hanson. “I am eager to apply the knowledge and skills I’ve acquired and make a meaningful impact in the lives of patients and families, as I join the NL Health Services team in the Labrador-Grenfell Zone.” 

Recent graduates of the Centre for Nursing Studies practical nursing bridging education program:  L-R, front row, Shanice Bryan-Johnson, Brillena Dawkins, Tris-Ann McGill, Mavis Greenwood, Shanice Thompson, Stacy Ann Pearce McLeod. L-R, back row, Marishka Doyley, Rosemarie Blake, Valet Fearon, Clinton Ejiochi, Ayesha Mitchell, Tracia Hanson, Kadia Beckford.

“We look forward to welcoming more EANs educated in Jamaica into this bridging education program in the coming months,” says Dr. Kathy Watkins, director, Centre for Nursing Studies. 

To learn more about the variety of rewarding careers available at NL Health Services, visit the careers website. 

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