Course Description

This course will focus on English language skills such as writing, listening, and speaking in academic and professional contexts at the entry-to-practice level. It will also focus on the intercultural nuances of being a registered nurse in Canada, including the values of multiculturalism and its implications for nursing as well as the nature of nursing relationships with patients, families, physicians, interprofessional teams, communities, and the larger healthcare system.

By the end of the course students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of professional communication techniques and skills; demonstrate therapeutic and professional communication in workplace situations; develop an ongoing plan for enhancing their English language skills; discuss the various categories and roles of nurses in the Canadian health care system; demonstrate cultural awareness and culturally appropriate nursing care in Canadian health care delivery systems; apply transcultural nursing theory and concepts; demonstrate cultural competence required by nurses to maximize respectful and therapeutic relationships with a diverse population of clients, their families, and communities; explain the concepts of interprofessional education and collaboration, and their impact in providing nursing services; and analyze current trends and issues in Canadian nursing which may influence the provision of culturally competent care.


This is the second course in the Council of Ontario Universities' (COU) Competency-Bridging Program of Study for Internationally-Educated Nurses (IEN).


Successful completion of the first IEN program course.

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