Teachers just as disoriented as their students

The arrival of foreign nurses in Quebec is not only a change of scenery for these new arrivals, but also for the teachers responsible for their upgrading.

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As soon as she heard about the project to provide training for these internationally recruited individuals, nurse clinician and nursing educator Jade Néron raised her hand to participate.

“The mission spoke to me. I wanted to experience something new in connection with regular education, ”says the one who acts as educational coordinator for the cohort of 40 nurses who arrived in Abitibi-Témiscamingue this fall.

For the teacher, this experience is significant both from a human point of view and from a professional point of view.

“It’s very rewarding to see how their pain is assessed, how they do different treatments,” says Ms. Néron.

If newcomers are very strong from a theoretical point of view, Jade Néron believes that it is more particularly at the level of professional autonomy and the context in which nursing care is practiced in Quebec that upgrading skills is necessary.

“I think they were in a somewhat more rigid context in terms of hierarchy. The doctor made the important decisions, rarely asked the opinion of the nurses. Here, it’s completely the opposite. I think that’s new and it’s this multidisciplinary practice, this autonomy that surprises them.”

According to her, the communication aspect can also be a challenge, especially with regard to medical terms or symptoms.

She cites the example of “mal de coeur”, an expression which, for her students, refers to heart failure rather than simple nausea.

“I couldn’t have seen myself letting them go on their own overnight, not because they aren’t competent enough, but it’s really in terms of the language, our philosophy of care, our approach, how we evaluates, how we discuss with the patients,” she says, adding that they were also surprised to see what a CHSLD is, whereas at home, the elders most often stay with the family.

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