Provinces across the country are rapidly licensing thousands of internationally trained nurses after introducing a flurry of regulatory changes designed to make it easier to work in their jurisdictions, as governments try to address pressing staffing shortages afflicting the health care system.

The College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CRNA) says it’s been inundated with inquiries from foreign-trained nurses after it overhauled its application process last month, changes it says are already reducing processing times from over a year to a matter of weeks.

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