Considering working in both the USA *and* Canada.
Plenty of threads out there about the requirements for licensing etc in each place. But how about the differences and similarities in scope of practice? I read on one of the licensure threads that Canadian nurses have a broader scope of practice, and a greater focus on preventative care.
Really? Well, ya got me wildly curious.....how? What can Canadian nurses do that US ones can't and vice versa? Who spends more time on paperwork? What are the headaches of pt. advocacy/HR and which ones are different depending on side of the border????
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The difference between Canadian and USA nursing has more to do with competencies than with scope of practice. Competencies are the physical and intellectual knowledge that are required for entry level practice. The Canadian nursing exam tests knowledge of competencies, the US exam does not. The Canadian exam tests knowledge of community health nursing theory, the US exam does not. For more information on the differences between US and Canadian licensure and community health nursing competencies see http://www.registered-nurse-canada.com/nclex.html
Last edit by dishes on Mar 20, '11