Nursing in Canada

  1. I'm asian nurse who is trained here.I heard about nursing in Canada.Most of nurses in Canada have Master's degree.Is that true? Is there RN who's with AS degree? Pay for nurses with AS is cheaper than nurses with BS? Everything is different between Nurses who have BS and Nurses who have MS? I have LVN certificate in US and if i want to go and work in canada,I only take nursing exam to get license there? or something else do I have to take? Is anybody take LPN-RN bridge program in Canada? If there is,how long does it take? If you have any information about my questions,please answer them.Thank you.
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  3. by   clemmm78
    A Masters? I don't know where you heard that. I know a few nurses with their masters and all but one are in admin.
    Like most other places, different provinces in Canada have different ways of doing things so it's best you decide what part of Canada you want to be in and then follow up with their provincial or territorial assocation.
  4. by   adrienurse
    No, most canadian nurses do not have their masters degree. In fact, I would guess, most have a diploma, not a degree -- at least from my experience.
  5. by   adrienurse
    Yes as Clemm says, figure out what province you'd like to work in and then look into what their requirements are. Your LVN training may or may not be recognized here. Contact the Canadian Nurses association or Immigration Canada for details. There are some LPN to RN bridging programs -- probably in most major cities.
  6. by   kitty catt
    Thank you for your replies.I would like to work in Toronto.My LVN license in US might recognized there? Usually how long does LPN-RN bridge program take?like a year? Please reply me again if you have any info. thank you.
  7. by   HealingHands327
    Did you take care of all the immigration papers needed to allow you to work in Canada?

    why in the world do you want to be a nurse in canada, the rate of pay there is crap for nurses compared to some regions in the US of A.
    Last edit by HealingHands327 on Feb 8, '07
  8. by   adrienurse
    Okay I'm gonna ignore that last one.

    LPNs or LVNs in Ontario are called Registered Practical Nurses.

    This is the link to the ontario nurses association. http://www.ona.org/

    Canadian nurses association, Immigration info: http://www.cna-nurses.ca/CNA/nursing...default_e.aspx

    Immigration Canada: http://www.cna-nurses.ca/CNA/nursing...default_e.aspx
  9. by   clemmm78
    Quote from kitty catt
    Thank you for your replies.I would like to work in Toronto.My LVN license in US might recognized there? Usually how long does LPN-RN bridge program take?like a year? Please reply me again if you have any info. thank you.
    We can only give you limited information there. As you have been told, you should contact the appropriate licensing body. They will tell you exactly what you need to know. Do your homework.
  10. by   kitty catt
    Thank you for your help.I appriciate that. I'll contact them. Thank you.
  11. by   styRN
    Quote from HealingHands327
    why in the world do you want to be a nurse in canada, the rate of pay there is crap for nurses compared to some regions in the US of A.
    Hospital RNs represented by the Ontario Nurses' Association currently have a top rate of over $36/hr with a new contract coming very soon expected to increase to over $38/hr + premiums + in lieu of benefits for part time, so it would be easy to reach the $45/hr range. Not exactly crap.
  12. by   clemmm78
    Quote from styRN
    Hospital RNs represented by the Ontario Nurses' Association currently have a top rate of over $36/hr with a new contract coming very soon expected to increase to over $38/hr + premiums + in lieu of benefits for part time, so it would be easy to reach the $45/hr range. Not exactly crap.
    Not to mention quality of life. Much to some people's surprise, some us actually LIKE it here.
  13. by   loquacity
    "why in the world do you want to be a nurse in canada, the rate of pay there is crap for nurses compared to some regions in the US of A."
    "Not to mention quality of life. Much to some people's surprise, some us actually LIKE it here."
    There is also many other things nice in canada like perhaps she doesn't want to work in a hospital where you have to charge the patient for every single item used, or there is less chance of being sued for malpractice, oh and Canada is safer, with lower crime stats. Considering the fact that the OP also deliberatley stated the fact that she is of an asain background, she may like how Canada is more multicultural. For example according to the United Nations Development Programme, Toronto has the second-highest percentage of foreign-born population among world cities, after Miami, Florida. While Miami's foreign-born population consists mostly of Cubans and other Latin Americans, no single nationality or culture dominates Toronto's immigrant population.
    So overall, there are lots or reasons why one might want to be a nurse in canada.(and where I am in western Canada most nurses do NOT have masters)
  14. by   kitty catt
    Thank you for your reply.I like Canada,so that's why I would like to go and work there.They hire RNs?LPNs nurses for only part time? Pay is not so different from US right? How much can LPNs earn in Toronto? and where can LPNs work? They can get job only at hospital?or they can get job at somewhere else?like clinics etc...What do you mean by some US like it here? means Some people in US like Canada? Thank you for your help. If you have any info for my questions,please reply to me again. Thank you.

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