Registered Nurse Fulfills Hopes and Dreams with IAF Loan

Pungkaew2Puangkaew Luerueng, the youngest of 5 children in her family, watched her parents sacrifice financially so that her and her siblings could experience higher education. Puangkaew’s love of helping people led her to become an operating nurse in Thailand. Although the position paid well, Puangkaew wanted to give more back to her elderly parents who had done so much for her.

She decided to come to Canada through the live-in caregiver program. She arrived in 2008, with minimal English comprehension but the goal and determination to learn the language and to get back into her field.

Her road to becoming a registered nurse in Canada was not as easy as she had hoped. Language was a barrier. Puangkaew started English as Second Language classes in 2010 around the time she submitted her credentials to the College of Nurses of Ontario. After two years of study, she was told she only needed to write a qualifying exam.

She attempted the exam but came just short of passing. That year the College of Nurses of Ontario changed their requirements, requiring her to now pass the exam and take a refresher course. She applied to Mohawk College’s Bridging for Internationally Educated Nurses certificate program. With the costs of the program looming and only a minimum wage job barely covering her living expenses, she knew she needed some financial assistance.

Mohawk College provided her with IAF information and the connection was made. She applied for the loan and used the funds towards school fees and living expenses. With IAF’s financial support, Puangkaew was able to successfully pass all her requirements for becoming a registered nurse.

Puangkaew, who is currently working as a nurse in rural Ontario just accepted the position of registered nurse at Hamilton General Hospital in cardiac surgery in the operating room. Puangkaew came to Canada as a hopeful newcomer and encountered many obstacles, but sheer determination led her to Canadian citizenship and back into the operating room.


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.