April 21, 2016 • Written in Community Support Medical Students 1 Comments

Tagged with French McLennan Medical Skills Weekend Nursing Rural Alberta North • Written by Lucas Warren

Rachelle Berube, French Health Coordinator for Alberta Health Services in McLennan, Alberta and Jacqueline Graham, a student in the Bilingual Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of Alberta, talk about the importance of having bilingual healthcare workers in rural Alberta.

The interviews were conducted as part of an RPAP Skills Event held in the northern Alberta communities of McLennan, Falher, and Girouxville.

With a large francophone population, there is a need for doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers who speak both French and English. Berube's position was created to address this need throughout the North Zone, coordinating translation and acting as a liaison between patients and healthcare workers.

For the RPAP Skills Event, students such as Graham in the Bilingual Bachelor of Science in Nursing program were brought to see first-hand where their unique skills could be put to use.

For more information on RPAP | Health Workforce for Alberta's Skills Events, please visit click here.

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Eric Sona

I am a general practitionner living and working in South Africa. I am bilingual with 7.5 in academic ielts and high scores in French test TEF. I have passed the MCCEE this year but unfortunately,the cpsa has declined to give me an eligibility letter because of the post graduate training which is not 24 months. My 12 months internship is not recognized as postgraduate training. Despite more than 10 years experience as a general practitionner. I was willing to work in rural Alberta. How can you help me?

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