Canada wasn’t our first thought, but we kept hearing from friends about the opportunities and the lifestyle. I wrote my International Educated Nurse (IEN) application and the possibilities of a life in Canada became much more real.
Moving to a new country wasn’t easy, but we learned so much about the family benefits, affordability and diverse communities in a place called Manitoba, and that made our decision so much easier. We chose Manitoba—and I’m so glad we did.
When we arrived, I worked two jobs to support us. The hours were challenging but they were made easier by the fact that it’s so easy to get around in Winnipeg, without much time spent in traffic. My jobs offered us stability and my wife and I decided the time was right to welcome our first child—a little boy.
“My jobs offered us stability and my wife and I decided the time was right to welcome our first child.”
Part of my journey was to complete a nursing practicum in a Canadian hospital. My mentor was incredible and made this such a positive learning experience. Like me, she had come to Canada from another country and was able to offer guidance and advice based on her own experiences. She supported me and helped me realize my potential. I regularly think about something she would say when she caught me doubting myself: “you can’t take the nursing out of the nurse.”