Registered Nurse Finds Career Success in Saskatchewan

Eric Creo Eric Creo was caught in a hard spot. He was working as a Special Care Aid despite having earned a Registered Nursing degree in the Philippines. His foreign credentials weren’t fully recognized when he moved to Saskatchewan in 2010. But working three low paying jobs in Saskatoon did not provide the time or funds to upgrade his professional skills.

In May 2012, Eric applied to IAF Saskatchewan for a micro loan to help cover the cost of courses, travel and accommodations while earning his RN designation, a process that took two years. “It cost a substantial amount of money to get this done,” he says. “I wasn’t able to save enough money to sustain all this education so, with the help of IAF funding, it made my plans feasible.”

First, he was required to take an English proficiency test which, at that time, was not available in Saskatchewan. He travelled to Calgary, staying a month at his own expense. He then had to complete a clinical practicum at a hospital in Regina, after which he was required to take an upgrading course at SIAST. The costs mounted up. “It would have been possible to accomplish this without the help of IAF, but the help of IAF made things quicker, easier, convenient, practical and sustainable,” he says. “It was the best option for me.”

He also appreciated the wisdom of an IAF Loan Facilitator, who helped him create a realistic plan for achieving his employment goals and repaying the loan. “The process was good. You make your plans together and they don’t put you in a position of being squeezed to pay it back before you’re in a stable job. That made it feasible,” says Eric, who is now working as an RN at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.

Every year, IAF helps hundreds of immigrants by providing loans to help them pay for the licensing or training they need to work in their field in Canada. Now more than ever Canada’s newcomers need our help. Please consider a donation to IAF today.