Internationally trained nurses and doctors can work as Personal Support Workers without additional training
Nurses and doctors who are new to Canada can work as Personal Support Workers without a PSW certificate. If you are looking for meaningful work in the Canadian healthcare sector long-term or while you pursue your license, your skills and experience are welcome at Circle of Care.
What requirements do I need to work as Personal Support Worker at Circle of Care?
- You must be legally eligible to work in Canada (you must be either a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident, or have a current and valid work permit)
- Paperwork that shows your completed nursing/doctor education in another country
- Current Immunization Records
- Current First Aid/CPR Certificate
- You must be able to speak and write in English
- We have a special need for Russian-speakers, but welcome all candidates who speak another language
“I didn’t realise I could work as a Personal Support Worker without completing a certificate. This role will help me learn more about client care while I’m earning my Canadian nursing credentials.”
– Recent applicant, internationally trained nurse
What does a Personal Support Worker do?
At Circle of Care, our Personal Support Workers care for seniors living in their homes by assisting with personal care (i.e. grooming, bathing, dressing, and toileting), meal preparation, light housekeeping, and socialization and emotional support.
As someone who has worked in healthcare before, you should understand that your clients are dealing with illness or frailty, and simple tasks can be challenging for them. We are looking for foreign-trained nurses and doctors who want to help make their clients’ daily routine more manageable. You should be comfortable travelling to and from client’s homes throughout the day, in a community that is near you.
We provide a supportive environment for all our PSWs. Whether you wish to work as a PSW throughout your career, or whether you are working towards gaining your Ontario credentials in nursing or medicine, Circle of Care is here to support you and provide you with Canadian experience. We know that you will start to take pride and fulfillment from the excellent care you provide to clients and the professional relationships you build with them and their caregivers. At Circle of Care, you will work on a multi-disciplinary team and receive support from a Service Coordinator and Client Services Supervisor (RN/RPN).
“I’m glad to have the opportunity to continue providing care here in Canada. Working as a PSW, I am helping people who need support and that’s what I’m passionate about.”
– Recent applicant, internationally trained nurse
How are we different?
Support During the Pandemic
COVID-19 has changed the way we work in homecare and we are here to support you as an essential worker. We provide digital interviewing and onboarding to reduce contact and keep our candidates and staff safe. We provide mental health support and PPE training, and as a government-funded organization, our PSWs also receive a $3/hr wage increase from the government (until August 23, 2021).
Sense of Community
You’ll have the opportunity to meet and spend time with other PSWs during several yearly events and experiences over the course of your career with Circle of Care. Examples of such events include a Two-Day Orientation, On-the-Job Training, our Annual PSW Learning Event and community-based team meetings. You’ll develop meaningful and long standing professional relationships with your supervisor and coordinator, who will provide support and connection for you while you work in the community. While we are now conducting our events virtually, we look forward to the day when our PSWs can connect in-person again. One such event that we are excited to host once the pandemic is over is our Annual Party! It’s a yearly event that brings together all our employees to celebrate our successes and honour our staff.
At Circle of Care, you’ll receive a competitive hourly wage and be eligible for wage increases as you grow your career and seniority with us.
In addition, since we’re funded by the government, you’ll receive a $3/hr wage increase from the Ministry of Health for all hours worked between October 1, 2020 to October 31, 2021.
Our Champions of Care employee recognition program celebrates the outstanding efforts of our employees who go above and beyond their roles to provide exceptional care and support to our clients and their families. If you’re nominated as a recipient, you’ll be celebrated in our weekly internal newsletter and invited to attend a reception with our CEO at the Circle of Care Year End Celebration. In addition, we award a Personal Support Worker of the Year for exemplary service and performance.
You’ll have the opportunity to take part in a variety of learning events through the course of your Circle of Care career. Development starts Day One when you take part in a multi-disciplinary Orientation session. You’ll train with an experienced Circle of Care PSW called a Preceptor, who will make sure you’re confident in your role before you start taking clients independently. Your development will continue with our annual Personal Support Worker Learning Event as well as the opportunity to become a certified Preceptor to other new Personal Support Workers should you so choose.
- Up to 65% TTC Pass reimbursement
- Employee discount programs
- Agency mobile device for scheduling and communication
Celebrating our PSWs through Recognition and Education
Are you interested in working with us?
Circle of Care is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment, where all employees, volunteers and clients feel valued, respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live and serve, and creating an environment where every employee has the opportunity to reach her/his potential. Circle of Care is a scent-free environment. All employees, volunteers and visitors are expected to refrain from wearing or using scented products while visiting our office or working in the client’s home. We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation, please inform us in advance. We thank you for your interest in Circle of Care. Only applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted.