Benchmarking the English Language Demands of the Nursing Profession Across Canada (2002)

This document describes the first phase of a project undertaken by the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) to determine the real-life English demands of nurses in Canada, and to assign the appropriate Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) levels to the required speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.

Hiring internationally educated nurses could help ease shortages in Canada, the authors note. However, one of the issues involved in licensing these nurses is language competence and how it is measured. Nursing stakeholders have pointed to the need for a nursing-specific assessment tool to facilitate integration of nurses into the profession.

The CCLB sent survey questionnaires to a thousand nurses across Canada, asking them to rate the importance of various language tasks; administered tests to internationally trained nurses in five provinces; held focus groups with stakeholders in five provinces; interviewed 23 nurses across the country; and observed a sample of nurses on the job in five provinces.

Based on an analysis of the data gathered, the researchers determined that nurses require speaking skills at level 8 on the CLB 12-level scale; listening skills at level 9; reading skills at level 8; and writing skills at level 7.

They recommended that the CCLB proceed with the second phase of the project, which involves the development of an assessment tool aimed specifically at the nursing profession.

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2014-03-21
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Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB). Benchmarking the English Language Demands of the Nursing Profession Across Canada 2002. Web. 29 Sep. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/cclb/benchmarking_en_lang_demands/benchmarking_en_lang_demands.pdf>
Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) (2002). Benchmarking the English Language Demands of the Nursing Profession Across Canada. Retrieved September 29, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/learning/cclb/benchmarking_en_lang_demands/benchmarking_en_lang_demands.pdf
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