International Nurses, Tell us about your sucessful journey! - page 2

by Fiona59

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Over the years, the International Forum has been filled with people who have planned on migrating to the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Norway, Sweden, etc. We've never heard back. Tell us of your journey, how... Read More


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    When I saw this thread, I just knew I wanted to share my success story. I have been sharing this to my friends who wanted to migrate here in Canada and I have spoken about it in a more formal gathering designed for newcomers. My husband and I migrated from the Philippines in spring 2009 with my toddler in tow and no existing relatives around to provide support.It was a difficult decision at the beginning but we knew it was what we wanted. We also knew that we needed to prepare ourselves to help us adapt to our new home and new life that we were heading to.Right at the start,we both visualized how difficult it would be for our family.

    One smart move done by my husband was to make sure that our papers/documents were submitted beforehand to the College of Nurses of Ontario.By the time we arrived in Toronto, we were just waiting for the result of the assessment. We got our response from the CNO by July that we were allowed to take the CRNE. Unfortunately the letter came past the deadline for the examination application and so we had no choice but to wait for the October examination. Before the result was out, my husband and I attended two job fairs and was lucky enough to get three interviews. The three acute hospitals informed us both that we were successful in our interviews but they would like to wait for the result to be released to formally give us an offer letter. Once the result was out and we found out that we both passed, we communicated with the HR department to update them about the result. As soon as our name appeared at the website as an RN, we were scheduled for the orientation. Yes, my husband and I worked at the same hospital but on different units. However, it was not in downtown Toronto. We had to travel daily by car or Go Train to get to work. We accepted the job without any second thoughts of finding anything closer to where we reside. We both knew this is an opportunity to start our career and we had to grab it.

    We are both appreciative of the people who gave us the first experience in Canada. The most crucial thing to remember for IEN’s is to grab whatever opportunities that will come along. It is important to have that first experience to be able to move and get the job that you would like. Since then, we both have changed jobs a couple of times. We are truly blessed because at present I am managing a unit in one of the hospitals in downtown Toronto and my husband is fortunate enough to work for a crown corporation. We have separated our ways not on a personal level but with our work.

    Both my husband and I armed ourselves with the communication skills, the patience, and the eagerness to learn and to accept feedback and criticisms in order to thrive in the Canadian healthcare system. We have met amazing Canadians who trusted us, who served as mentors and have provided us with knowledge to enable us to integrate successfully into the new working environment. With every opportunity that we have, we go back to the places that we used to work and bring a little something for everybody just to show our gratitude. Indeed, we have come a long way from where we started but I have not forgotten how we started and the people who helped us. Our experience was not all roses because there were thorns too but we took them as challenges that made our success even sweeter.

    Most of our relatives and friends thought we have gone mad for wanting to migrate to a totally new environment. We had a really great job that everyone coveted in the Philippines. But amidst all the discouragement and negative feedback from our friends and relatives, we still decided to take a chance of exploring outside our comfort zone. Looking back, we have not regretted our decision because in our hearts we know that we made the right choice for ourselves and our kids. Canada is a great place for people who embrace its culture and other intricacies .This country is our home now and we appreciate all that it has.
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    Thanks, RL657! Your story is very encouraging! My goal is to make Canada my new home by the end of this year or sometime next year!
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    Wow RL657, thats a very detailed story... we are so happy for you and your family... it was nice to know about your migration to Canada and kudos to your husband for making the tiger move of forwarding the papers in advance... had the letter come before the deadline of exam your transition would have been much smoother, but then again everything happens for a reason... Maybe waiting till Oct gave you added confidence and preparation for CRNE... Convey regards to you hubby and your child...
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    Good luck
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    Quote from RJmanuone
    Wow RL657, thats a very detailed story... we are so happy for you and your family... it was nice to know about your migration to Canada and kudos to your husband for making the tiger move of forwarding the papers in advance... had the letter come before the deadline of exam your transition would have been much smoother, but then again everything happens for a reason... Maybe waiting till Oct gave you added confidence and preparation for CRNE... Convey regards to you hubby and your child...
    Thank you . I will indeed convey your regards to my hubby and I have two kids now
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    Quote from RL657
    When I saw this thread, I just knew I wanted to share my success story. I have been sharing this to my friends who wanted to migrate here in Canada and I have spoken about it in a more formal gathering designed for newcomers. My husband and I migrated from the Philippines in spring 2009 with my toddler in tow and no existing relatives around to provide support.It was a difficult decision at the beginning but we knew it was what we wanted. We also knew that we needed to prepare ourselves to help us adapt to our new home and new life that we were heading to.Right at the start,we both visualized how difficult it would be for our family.

    One smart move done by my husband was to make sure that our papers/documents were submitted beforehand to the College of Nurses of Ontario.By the time we arrived in Toronto, we were just waiting for the result of the assessment. We got our response from the CNO by July that we were allowed to take the CRNE. Unfortunately the letter came past the deadline for the examination application and so we had no choice but to wait for the October examination. Before the result was out, my husband and I attended two job fairs and was lucky enough to get three interviews. The three acute hospitals informed us both that we were successful in our interviews but they would like to wait for the result to be released to formally give us an offer letter. Once the result was out and we found out that we both passed, we communicated with the HR department to update them about the result. As soon as our name appeared at the website as an RN, we were scheduled for the orientation. Yes, my husband and I worked at the same hospital but on different units. However, it was not in downtown Toronto. We had to travel daily by car or Go Train to get to work. We accepted the job without any second thoughts of finding anything closer to where we reside. We both knew this is an opportunity to start our career and we had to grab it.

    We are both appreciative of the people who gave us the first experience in Canada. The most crucial thing to remember for IEN’s is to grab whatever opportunities that will come along. It is important to have that first experience to be able to move and get the job that you would like. Since then, we both have changed jobs a couple of times. We are truly blessed because at present I am managing a unit in one of the hospitals in downtown Toronto and my husband is fortunate enough to work for a crown corporation. We have separated our ways not on a personal level but with our work.

    Both my husband and I armed ourselves with the communication skills, the patience, and the eagerness to learn and to accept feedback and criticisms in order to thrive in the Canadian healthcare system. We have met amazing Canadians who trusted us, who served as mentors and have provided us with knowledge to enable us to integrate successfully into the new working environment. With every opportunity that we have, we go back to the places that we used to work and bring a little something for everybody just to show our gratitude. Indeed, we have come a long way from where we started but I have not forgotten how we started and the people who helped us. Our experience was not all roses because there were thorns too but we took them as challenges that made our success even sweeter.

    Most of our relatives and friends thought we have gone mad for wanting to migrate to a totally new environment. We had a really great job that everyone coveted in the Philippines. But amidst all the discouragement and negative feedback from our friends and relatives, we still decided to take a chance of exploring outside our comfort zone. Looking back, we have not regretted our decision because in our hearts we know that we made the right choice for ourselves and our kids. Canada is a great place for people who embrace its culture and other intricacies .This country is our home now and we appreciate all that it has.
    This is inspiring and impressive. Thanks for your story. Makes me more eager about following my dreams.
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    Quote from tokidoki7
    Thanks, RL657! Your story is very encouraging! My goal is to make Canada my new home by the end of this year or sometime next year!
    You still in the Philippines? How is your application going? maybe we can help each other with our views and processig.
    i not keen to have a representative.
    Ielts done already? Earliest GT that i managed to take os for march 9 whilst for Acad, i have to retake it doe nurse registration. My email is this username at yahoo dot com.
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    Just read your story and it was very encouraging! I plan on moving out of my country with my little son and I know that I will come across my thorns but I am up for the challenge and your story shows that with a little faith, eagerness and gratitude it can happen! So grateful I came across and read it!


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