Don Morales: Internationally Educated Nurse
Don Morales has been working as an RN in Canada since 2011. As an Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN), Don shares his unique experience and learnings from his career thus far.
Don Morales began his career as an RN in 1994 in the Philippines. As an Internationally Educated Nurse (IEN), Morales has a unique experience and perspective from his career thus far. He noted he was initially drawn to the profession for the job security and diverse options and specialties, all while being able to serve others and promote health: “I have worked in medical and surgical departments, emergency, community nursing and long-term care” noted Morales. Since moving to Canada, he has been able to add to his repertoire of experience even further. He now serves as an online educator for the Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Registered Nursing Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Nurses (RNBP/IEN), assisting other internationally educated nurses to update credentials to practice in Saskatchewan. Through his work with the RNBP/IEN, he can share his love for the profession.
Morales is inspired and motivated by positive client outcomes. He recognizes nursing is a vocation and that you need to be motivated to care for others to succeed in the profession. “The most important thing I’ve learned in my career thus far is there is more than meets the eye when it comes to nursing,” said Morales. “Commitment and critical thinking skills are not the only components required for a nurse to work competently. The whole environment (staffing, job responsibilities, workload and workplace issues) are also needed to support positive client outcomes.”