Nurse of the Month: Frances Magnaye, RN

By Orycia Karpa posted 07-11-2022 14:00


"I want to tell those currently in the IEN process to hang in there,” says Frances Magnaye. “I want them to continue to look for inspiration and opportunities for personal and professional growth.”

Frances is an internationally educated nurse (IEN) who emigrated from the Philippines in 2009 because of the significant nursing shortage in Manitoba at that time. She was part of the pilot initiative from Manitoba Health, rural RHAs, and the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba to recruit registered nurses from the Philippines.

“I was fortunate to work as a grad nurse for six months immediately after arriving in Canada while I studied to become a registered nurse,” says Frances. “The process for IENs was different back then.”


Frances also says having her fellow IENs to rely on while transitioning into her new role in Canada helped her feel more confident and comfortable.

We quickly became a family by relying on each other and sharing our strengths and weaknesses. I am proud of my fellow IENs. I have seen them become successful nursing leaders, teachers, entrepreneurs, and innovators. They have truly made an impact on the community by sharing their stories and culture, working hard, and going above and beyond to provide care for others.

With experience in obstetrics and gynecology, Frances’ first job was in a rural Manitoba maternity ward.

“Working in an area I had previous experience in gave me the confidence and reassurance I needed to start my nursing career in Manitoba.”

She’s found working in rural areas to be the most rewarding experience because nurses work with limited resources and feel a larger sense of responsibility.

“Things can happen so fast, and you may not always have the support you need,” says Frances. “It is not only important to be confident in your skills but to also know your limitations based on your scope, practice, and abilities.”

Once she had a few years working in Manitoba under her belt, she moved toward her dream of working in intensive care. She knew it would be a challenge but was determined to make it work.

“To go from obstetrics to ICU was a big learning curve because I was moving from one end of the spectrum to the other,” says Frances.

Frances took the six-month intensive care course and worked at Health Sciences Centre in the surgical intensive care unit from 2014-2018 before moving to St. Boniface Hospital’s intensive cardiac care unit, where she still practices.

“One reason I love nursing is the constant learning,” says Frances. “Although it is a demanding job and it is easy to get burned out, I am able to try different areas to expand my knowledge and experiences.”

Frances believes being part of organizations like ARNM is crucial because they provide continued education and the necessary resources to excel in the nursing profession.

“I like being an ARNM member because of the support I receive and the network of like-minded individuals,” says Frances. “Nurses work hard and are faced with many challenges, so having ARNM to support us is reassuring.”