Thank you, Jean and thank you for your guidance during our phone call and introduction to this forum.
I am wondering if I can ask fellow ICN forum members to share their thoughts on a project I am keen to undertake ,in partnership with Byron Russell (of English360), to develop a Nursing Language Framework Matrix which would have international applications for the proof of industry specific language competency for nurse registration and employment purposes. This would be similar to CELBAN (used in the Canadian Nursing context : http://www.celban.org
) , STANAG 6001(for Military purposes) and ICAO (Aviation purposes).
At present, most countries appear to use IELTS or TOEFL as benchmark English language testing methods. Both these tests are general in flavour and do not assess the ability to function linguistically in authentic healthcare environments. I would welcome your comments on the need for a language matrix which specifies the levels of linguistic competency (both spoken and written) needed for nurses to work in various healthcare environments.