by Heidi Riley
PEI Seniors Homes includes Garden Home and Whisperwood Villa in Charlottetown, and Lady Slipper Villa in O’Leary.
“The population is getting older, and there will be an increasing demand for services,” says Ryan MacLean, Human Resource Officer. “I can’t think of any long-term care home that is not hiring right now. A career in long term care is a safe bet.
“We hire quite a few newcomers. Our biggest need is for Resident Care Workers or equivalent.” RCWs are responsible for helping residents with all the activities of daily living. That includes assisting with medication, meals, personal care, toileting, and dressing.
“A newcomer who arrives in Canada as a Registered Nurse faces quite a lengthy process to get those credentials recognized in Canada. This process is even slower right now because of COVID-19.
“In the meantime, we would be happy to hire them as an RCW and support them with work opportunities as they go through the process of becoming a Registered Nurse in Canada or getting their credentials recognized here. We realize that nurses coming from their home country already have a great amount of experience, and we are happy to hire them.
“Usually we hire only those with an RCW certification, which is available through a one-year program at Holland College and other institutions. We have hired some people who have foreign nursing and medical degrees and are in the process of getting their credentials recognized in Canada. We hope that some will come back to us to work as RNs and LPNs when their credentials are recognized.
“However, we have also hired people who do not have healthcare credentials or experience. Our in-house trainers who run our Geriatric Assistant program teach them all the skills needed for the job. We have not run the program lately due to COVID-19 difficulties, but if we have the need we will look into how we can make it happen.”
“Most important in the long-term care world is having experience in a hospital or long-term care setting. If someone has taken care of the personal care needs of a family member, we would take that into consideration. A willingness and interest in the work is also important. If someone comes to us with a good understanding of the work, we would consider them.”
Supporting employees with professional development
“We take new employees through the orientation process, which is run by the training coordinator at each home. The new employee is paired up with someone experienced to work on the floor for two to three weeks, depending on their experience level. During that time, the training coordinator checks on their progress.”
How to apply
Open positions are posted on Indeed, WorkPEI, or email Ryan directly at [email protected].
“I get a lot of resumés, so make sure your work experience is highlighted on your resumé so that it is easy for me to see if you have the experience we are looking for.”
For more information, visit www.peiseniorshomes.com.