SEC assessment NEXT WEEK NOW what to do - page 5

Hi I have been informed by Mt Royal College, that they had a cancellation next week and can fit me in for the SEC IEN assessment. I am like WWWWW HHHHHAAATTTTTT and thought I will give it a shot.... Read More

  1. by   FutureCanadian
    Quote from raila
    Hello mt66,
    I think you also did your SEC assessment.Can you please share your experience with us.
    Your help will be really appreciated.
    Thanks.
    Hello Raila and everyone else taking the SEC,

    I am new to this forum. I was reading different posts regarding SEC assessment.
    I am scheduled to take it in June at MRC in Calgary. I studied in New York and passed NCLEX here (it was quite easy) but was not able to practice (due to my visa restrictions). My husband and me are moving to Canada this year (we got our PR card).

    Did you already take the SEC assessment? Could you briefly describe your experience?
    I was an honor student in NY, but it does seem like a hard assessment to me... I am especially worried about these patients that we are supposed to take care of from addmition to discharge... I gave myself 3 months to prepare but still very worried?
    Pls tell me your thoughts and experiences... When I eventually get about doing it, I will post my experience here for everyones benefot.
    Thanks!
  2. by   FutureCanadian
    Quote from narmeen18
    Thank you soo much Raila and Good luck. Be calm and relax.
    Hello Narmeen,
    Thank you so much for your post regarding your SEC assessment experience. It is a huge help to all of us who are about to take the assessment. I hope from all my heart that you did well.
    If you have a chance pls give us some more detail... especially regarding these "7 cards" that you say you got... Did you work with the real patients or these were hypothetical situations? You said you had to do full assessment, dressing change... Was this a dummy or a real person? Or was this more of a verbal expereince what would you do with a particualr patient?
    I am worried because I never had a chance to practice as an RN. I was an honor student and am pretty quick when it comes to critical thinking and different situations but still only a new grad RN?
    Thank you so much and I wish you all the best!
  3. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Quote from FutureCanadian
    Hello Raila and everyone else taking the SEC,

    I am new to this forum. I was reading different posts regarding SEC assessment.
    I am scheduled to take it in June at MRC in Calgary. I studied in New York and passed NCLEX here (it was quite easy) but was not able to practice (due to my visa restrictions). My husband and me are moving to Canada this year (we got our PR card).

    Did you already take the SEC assessment? Could you briefly describe your experience?
    I was an honor student in NY, but it does seem like a hard assessment to me... I am especially worried about these patients that we are supposed to take care of from addmition to discharge... I gave myself 3 months to prepare but still very worried?
    Pls tell me your thoughts and experiences... When I eventually get about doing it, I will post my experience here for everyones benefot.
    Thanks!
    I'm not sure why you should be needing an SEC assessment if you received your nursing education in the US. That seems improbable. Could we have more information please/
  4. by   FutureCanadian
    Hello janfrn,
    Believe it or not, I do have to take SEC assessment. US RN license is not the same thing as the Canadian RN license. I had to contact CARNA (as everyone else) to evaluate my educational program and all that. Even though I studies in the US at a very good univ. they said that the program doesn't have enough hrs in Peds, Psych, Maternity compred to Canadian programs. So, now I have to take SEC assessment in all that. Eventhough I have Bachelor's degree in Nurisng... Also I graduated over a year ago so I have to take SEC in medSurge as well... since it's been a while. Frustrating...
    It will be a 5 day assessment for me.
    What about you?
  5. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    That's very interesting. I work with a number of nurses who were educated in the US (although probably not NY) who didn't have any difficulty being registered in Alberta. But I suppose fair is fair... once CARNA developed the SEC its criteria must be met by all comers. Too bad.

    I'm Canadian born, raised and educated, so it hasn't been an issue for me. I am involved however in educating people about it and you're the first US-educated nurse I've heard about who has needed one.

    You are aware that there are no nursing jobs available to external candidates here aren't you? That looks like it's unlikely to change any time soon either with the Care Transformation Initiative that Dr Duckett has introduced (the details of which are nebulous at best and downright obscure at worst).
  6. by   Fiona59
    Are you a BScN or an ADN? I'm wondering if it has to do with the shift towards the two year PN diploma programme. We keep hearing that the courses in AB and Ontario are based on the old diploma RN
  7. by   FutureCanadian
    Yes it is true, 2 of my other friends from the Univ. applied at the same time to CARNA and got the same letter regarding SEC assessment. It seems that we have a bit less clinical hrs in the specialty areas than Canadian programs usually have and this was the reason for SEC assessment in Alberta.
    I have a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, and I passed NCLEX here in the US.
    My husband and me are moving to Alberta since we recently became Canadian Permanent Residents. I am not sure if finding a job as an RN in Alberta will be really that hard, but there are always oportunities for hardworking smart people so I trust that I will make it one way or the other. My husband is Senior Computer System Analyst so I am not that worried in case I don't find a job right away. It's importnat to stay positive in life.

    I would like people who actually had expereince with SEC assessment to reply with their thoughts.
    Thanks folks!
  8. by   Fiona59
    You are aware of the AHS hiring freeze? They are the main employers of nurses in the province.

    The economy is recovering slowly.
  9. by   FutureCanadian
    I've heard about it. Well, for now I am mainly concerned with passing SEC. We'll see what happen in 6 months or so. There are some clinics and agencies that are still hiring right?
  10. by   mmeerit
    Helo everybody!!!
    completed my 3 days of SEC assessment.Not Bad.Then I am going to move to my writting exams.All the best for all going to do the SEC assessment
  11. by   Eshm
    hi, what was the hardest part of the assessment?
  12. by   asitoja
    Hello! I just want ot ask does anyone of you knows what BON in Canada do not require SEC Assessment?

    Quote from johnbrew
    hi narmeen18,

    did you take your sec assessment in canada? Im IEN who are planning to apply in canada and im anticipating sec assessment to be there because it is usually present to IEN. Im from philippines , so does it mean i need to fly to canada and take their sec assessment then i can fly back home and wait for result?
    What preparations did you do for the SEC Assessment? Any advice please.... Thank you
    Last edit by NotReady4PrimeTime on Sep 7, '10 : Reason: no need for two separate posts
  13. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from asitoja
    Hello! I just want ot ask does anyone of you knows what BON in Canada do not require SEC Assessment?
    For a start it is College of Registered Nurses not BON and doesn't matter what province you apply to they make the decision to whether some form of assessment is required and going to a province just to avoid assessment is wrong and unfair on your potential colleagues. You need to decide where you want to live and work and apply to that province's college of RN's

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