February 2004 Volume 7, Issue 2 - McCrone Healthbeat


February 2004 Volume 7, Issue 2 - McCrone Healthbeat

February 2004

Volume 7, Issue 2

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February 2004, Volume 7, Issue 2

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Editorial: by Jennifer (Jay) Sherwood BScN, MEd.

Health Protection Legislation

Renewal: Health Canada’s

Consultation Underway

As I was reading the morning paper today, I was

struck by the articles about the Avian Flu and the

re-emergence of SARS in Asia. Some months ago

I reviewed the results of the 1998 consultations

on Canada’s health protection legislation for

HEALTHbeat, noting at the time that there was more

focus on this part of the federal responsibilities

relating to health following the SARS outbreak in

Canada. Now that the results of the 1998

consultations have been compiled, Health Canada

has committed to a second round of consultations

with the release of a paper called “Health and

Safety First! A Proposal to Renew Federal Health

Protection Legislation.”

The aims of new legislation are to replace a number

of outdated statutes (one of which dates back to

1872) by bringing them together under one

umbrella that is better suited to modern technology,

views about society and efficiencies in regulation.

Other more modern statutes like the Tobacco Act

and the Pest Control Products Act would remain in

effect but would be integrated into the new

framework. Health Canada says that all aspects of

the consultation paper and the detailed legislative

proposal are open for discussion. Only after the

discussions are completed and analyzed would draft

legislation be developed.

Health Canada cites as the reasons for regrouping

several pieces of legislation under one act as:

ensuring greater coherence among all the statutes

and avoiding gaps and overlaps; generally speaking,

rules addressing health risks would be found in one

Act; key issues in health protection cut across

all areas so the guiding principles and values

underlying government action should be consistent;

and ease in keeping legislation up to date, (i.e. one

piece of legislation as opposed to several).

New legislation would stipulate clearly that its

purpose is to protect people’s health. The three

underlying values that would guide health and

safety decisions include the primacy of health

and safety, encouragement of public scrutiny and

engagement in decision making, and strengthening

the accountability of the federal health minister

through parliament.

Risk management rather than mandatory

compliance, public governance, and things like duty

of care enforceable by criminal liability is evident in

the description of values and guiding principles.

Principles that would guide decisions regarding

risks to health would be described in the legislation.

Principles such as: risk assessment would be based

on science and objective observation; potential

negative effects (for example, drugs and natural

health products) would be weighed against potential

advantages; people’s desire to make informed

decisions on matters pertaining to their own health

would be considered when public interest is not

threatened; decisions made to minimize adverse

impact on the environment; and recognition that

the same measures can have different impacts on

different people are all factors that reflect a shift

from adherence to hard and fast rules to a risk

management perspective.

Critics of the federal government approach,

among them the Canadian Health Coalition

(www.medicare.ca) point to the effect that a risk

management approach would have on the current

safety rules relating to the Food and Drug Act.

They claim that no justification exists for replacing

this act and that no improved public safety will be

achieved in this area by changing the legislation.

Rather, public protection will be weakened by the

proposed new legislation by requiring “proof of

harm” rather than “proof of safety” – what the

Coalition says is a “weakened industry standard”


Strengthening enforcement of the Food and Drug

Act, regulation of biotechnology, and the provision

of adequate public resources and scientific capacity

for health protection are the principles underlying

a number of recommendations submitted in their

response to the government proposal.

Health Canada has invited all interested parties,

(individuals as well as organizations) to participate

in the consultation and critique of the legislation

proposal. Each section of the proposal is followed by

some questions to guide the substance of the

critique. The papers (the consultation paper and the

detailed legislation proposal) are available in

both HTML and PDF formats at http://renewal.

hc-sc.gc.ca. Last November, organizations and

individuals were invited to register for open

meetings being held across Canada. However, as an

individual, you may send your comments online,

following the instructions on the site.

I encourage you as health professionals to find out

how your national or provincial professional

organization has responded to the paper and if you

have the time and the inclination to study the over

100 pages of the paper, to submit your own critique.

Nurses & other medical professionals:

The old days of searching newspapers for job

advertisements, typing letters and sending resumes

has almost gone. Today the internet is doing it all –

electronically and instantly.

www.hotnursejobs.com; www.canadianurse.com,

www.campnursejobs.com and www.medicaljobs

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online.com and www.hotradiologyjobs.com are five

of the leading nursing and medical recruitment

websites in North America that can dramatically

increase your job options. These sites are easy to

navigate and save you a tremendous amount of time

and effort in conducting your job search.

Medflight Air Ambulance

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Qualifications: BCLS, BTLS, ACLS, PALS

• Minimum two years EOR/ICU experience

• Must have or be able to obtain NWTRNA registration

• Previous flight/northern experience an asset

Please send resumes to:

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Phone (867) 873-9099 Fax (867) 873-2093

email: medfligh@internorth.com

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These sites allow you to create a profile that is as

simple or as complex as you desire – which

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employers who conduct a matching search.

You are also able to view the thousands of jobs and

employer profiles and reply directly to any potential

employer. Jobs range from new graduate, staff and

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If you are planning, or even thinking about a

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Hospitals & healthcare recruiters:

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In today’s highly competitive world, traditional

media has become insufficient in fulfilling

advertisers’ standards of efficiency and customer

interaction. As more and more users spend

increasing amounts of time online, everyday,

the internet has become the solution to the

advertisers requirements.

www.hotnursejobs.com; www.canadianurse.com,

www.campnursejobs.com and www.medicaljobs

online.com and www.hotradiologyjobs.com are

amongst the most cost effective healthcare

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quality leads that result in recruiters receiving

qualified resumes for professional level medical and

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These sites offer unlimited low cost advertising

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You can literally save thousands of dollars in

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For further information, please view these websites,

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Alberta, Yukon and United States Career Opportunities

February 2004

Page 5

Dr. David Rainham, M.D.

Author, Speaker, Stress Management Consultant

Boost in confidence

makes it easier to change

Do you seriously want to change your life – to cope

with stress more effectively or change bad habits to

healthier ones

Think of two major factors in successful change –

motivation to do it,and level of confidence that you can

actually do it.To understand and increase motivation,

think hard and list the pros and cons of change.

To increase confidence we must explore two parts:

Specific confidence in our ability to find solutions to

barriers such as cravings or dealing with stress. This

will rise if we simply learn and practice new ideas.

General confidence in ourselves, which is more of an

overall feeling of self-worth and resilience.

Here are 10 tips on taking control of your confidence level:

1. Get fit. Work out every day because fit and

strong people just feel more confident.

2. Develop your self-esteem. Basic self-esteem is

simply a choice to accept and love yourself

based on the unarguable fact that unless you are

a truly evil psychopath, you are fundamentally

as valuable as anyone else simply because you

are human.You can enhance your value through

knowledge, achievements and good deeds.

3. Dress well. Clothes make an impression and

reflect not only your taste, but also your respect

for yourself. Clothing doesn’t have to be fancy or

expensive, but it should fit, be clean, in good

repair and appropriate.

4. Learn to relax your body and mind regularly

and in tense situations. Confidence rises because

you’ll feel in control no matter what the situation.

5. Learn to think rationally and accurately so

you don’t describe things as awful if they are

just inconvenient. Cultivate confidence-raising

attitudes: Optimism – so you can try new things

without fearing failure (failure does not exist).

Persistence – if you know you’ll never give in,

why would you not feel confident Learning –

if you always learn something from every

setback, then confidence must increase.

Humour – seeing the ridiculous side of serious

situations makes you feel stronger.

6. Be disciplined, organized and honest.

Keep agreements and be punctual. Keep your

environment tidy and get fully organized, at

home, at work and in financial affairs.

Be fully “present” with people – if you pay

attention and make them feel important, they

will probably like and respect you.

7. Dump the TV. Read, attend seminars, ask

for advice, find a mentor. Knowledge and skill

will continually boost confidence.

8. Train in public speaking. Get a coach or join

the Toastmasters organization. Knowing you

can address and motivate an audience will

always make you more confident.

9. Find meaning and purpose in your life –

something greater than your day-to-day needs.

Focus away from money and possessions and

find satisfaction in helping others. People who

do this radiate confidence – because life is not

just about them.

10. Give and you will receive. If you want a

smile, smile first. Want to succeed Help others

succeed. If you want more joy, give some to

someone else. Be open to giving to yourself as

well and trust that you deserve to receive – or

no one else will.

Some fortunate people are born confident,but if you’re

not, there is no excuse to just complain. There’s no

reason we cannot develop a solid feeling of confidence

and competence – all it takes is a little effort.

Dr. David Rainham is a family physician, author and

speaker. For a quick stress assessment and

additional information on stress management, visit



The Yukon has various opportunities

for nurses throughout the territory:

Registered Nurses for ER, OR, ICU,

Surgical, Pediatrics, Maternity,

Medical and Psych speciality in an

urban hospital setting

General Duty Nurses to provide

emergency, acute care, respite beds

for rural hospital setting

Community Nurse Practitioners to

provide primary care and community

health programs in rural Yukon

Flight Nurses to provide emergency

medevac services, in-flight nursing care

Community Health Nurses to provide

public health, baby clinics, STD

counselling, prenatal/postnatal care

Detox Unit Nurses to provide nursing

care and supervision to clients in

alcohol/drug withdrawal, assisting

them in their recovery process

Continuing Care requires registered

nurses and licensed practical

nurses to work in one of three long

term care facilities providing adult

and child respite, dementia care,

residential and adult day programs

Salaries range from

$51,710 to $69,002 dependent

upon position/location

Retention bonus $3000 to $6000

per year based on position

Urban hospital includes bonus

in salary


For Urgent Attention of Canadian Registered Nurses

and U.S. Healthcare Employers

On July 25, 2003, the Department of Homeland

Security (DHS – formerly INS) ruled that beginning

July 2004, Health Care Worker Certification

(commonly referred to as VisaScreen) will be

required of seven healthcare occupations

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including nonimmigrant TN workers.

Occupations covered by the rule are: (1) Registered

Nurses; (2) Occupational Therapists; (3) Physical

Therapists; (4) Speech Language Pathologists and

Audiologists; (5) Medical Technologists/Clinical


Laboratory Scientists; (6) Physician Assistants; and

(7) Medical Technicians/Clinical Laboratory

Technicians. Certification was previously required

for professionals in these occupations who applied

for Green Cards through employment based

Educational Opportunities and Classifieds

petitions. Current Green Card holders, and some

family based Green Card applicants will not be

required to obtain certification.

The DHS has granted a one year waiver to July 26,

2004 to allow time to obtain certification. TN

Health Care Worker Certification verifies that: (1)

the worker’s education, training, license and

experience are comparable with that required for an

American health care worker; (2) the worker is

competent in oral and written English (Note that

workers entering the U.S. (or if already in the U.S.,

changing or extending their status) on and after July

26, 2004 must present Health Care Worker

Certification.Workers with TN expiration dates later

than July 26, 2004 who leave the U.S. during the

See Immigration Alert page 7

To place your classified

advertisement call 1.800.727.0782

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Apply today at www.kippewa.com to work

June 18 – August 26, June 18 – July 24, or

July 25 – August 26.

60 Mill Street – Box 340,

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Ph: 800/547-7392 or 781/762-8291

Fax: 781/255-7167

The path you choose can make all the difference.

PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS is one of many areas of study in Health Sciences.

At BCIT we offer a unique blend of academic learning and real skills – a balance that ensures our graduates leave

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Saskatchewan Career Opportunities and Educational Opportunities

February 2004

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Immigration Alert from page 6

period of validity of their TN are subject to

inspection on their return and if returning after July

26, 2004 may be required to present certification.

Workers with TN expiration dates later than July 26,

2004 who do not leave the country after that date

may consider their “deadline”to obtain certification

to be deferred until the next time they apply for a

new TN.

Current and future TN workers should take action

quickly to secure certification and not wait to the

last minute to apply. U.S. healthcare employers

should address the issue with their TN workers

immediately. We estimate it will take three to five

months to complete the process. There will

undoubtedly be processing and other unforeseen

delays, and as a result, workers who defer action

will wait longer to come here and workers already

here will risk interruptions to their employment

and status.

The DHS considered this country’s obligations to

Canada under NAFTA but determined that the

certification requirement was intended to apply to

all nonimmigrant (and immigrant) health care

workers. Another unfortunate aspect of the rule is

that citizens of foreign countries who received

education and training in the U.S. are not exempt

from the certification requirement. However, DHS

has indicated that these applications will be

streamlined, allowing exemptions for the English

language proficiency and the education equivalence

review. Foreign nationals who have valid state

license in the U.S. must also obtain certification.

Health Care Worker Certification verifies that: (1)

the worker’s education, training, license and

experience are comparable with that required for an

American health care worker; (2) the worker is

competent in oral and written English (Note that

graduates of health profession programs in Canada

(except Quebec), are deemed to have met the

English language requirements.); (3) the worker’s

license is unencumbered; and (4) the worker has

passed the state licensing examination (NCLEX) or

a predictor examination (CGFNS – we do not

recommend this for Canadian nurses).

The certificate will be valid for five years. If a

nonimmigrant foreign national seeks to enter the

U.S or change status more than five years after a

certificate is issued, they will have to obtain a new

certificate. The purpose of the five year expiration

date is to ensure that when the certificate is

submitted, the holder still has the appropriate

language and technical skills to perform the duties

of the occupation.

The final rule signals the beginning of the end of

reliance on U.S. endorsement (no exam) licenses by

Canadian RNs because certification (and therefore

employment eligibility) requires completion of

NCLEX. 80% of employment opportunities were

never available to Canadian RNs who depended on

endorsement states for employment options. In the

future, Canadians with Health Care Worker

Certification will be able to take full advantage

of employment opportunities throughout the

United States.

We reimburse up to $1,000.00 ($250.00 for each

thirteen week assignment, prorated for shorter

assignments with Procare USA) for costs associated

with VisaScreen Certification. In order to qualify for

reimbursement, you must be in possession of your

VisaScreen Certificate prior to beginning an

assignment. Reimbursable expenses include:

VisaScreen application fees; NCLEX exam

application fees; state license application fees;

CGFNS application fees; English language

proficiency tests; education transcript fees; license

verification fees and fingerprinting. We do not pay

or reimburse for postage, copying, translations,

notarizing, photos, or other miscellaneous

application related costs.

Procare USA has been the healthcare placement

company of choice for Canadian Registered Nurses

since 1990, offering for travel, permanent and tempto-perm

placement. We have sponsored (or

coordinated for our client employers) permanent

and nonimmigrant visa applications for Canadian

and other foreign trained healthcare professionals

for over thirteen years.

For additional information or assistance on Health

Care Worker Certification, NCLEX or nonimmigrant

work visas or Green Card, please call Judi Greene at

our office. Judi can be reached at (Canada and

U.S. callers) 800-877-6785, ext. 113 or by e-mail

judigreene@procareusa.com.Callers from outside

Canada and U.S. should dial 860-677-6525.


• www.ncsbn.org (official site for National Council for State

Boards of Nursing)

• www.cgfns.org or www.ichp.org (for information on Health

Care Worker Certification - this organization is currently the

main one processing and issuing certification for Registered

Nurses (look for VisaScreen under their Programs tab).

• www.toefl.org (official site for the Test of English as a

Foreign Language)

• www.ielts.org (official site of the International English

Language Testing System)

• The Health Care Worker Certification regulation may be

downloaded (Adobe Acrobat required) at:

www.immigration.gov/graphics/lawsregs/fr 72503.pdf

Visit our website www.procareusa.com for

additional resources and topics under the Nurses’

Lounge tab. For independent legal reference, we

recommend www.hammondlawfirm.com.

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