International Nurses, Tell us about your sucessful journey!

  1. 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 has learning Norwegian, Dutch, Finish, etc gone? Has the transition been as easy as people posted it would be?
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  3. by   loriangel14
    Yeah I would like hear from people that have sucessfully made the leap to another country.

  4. by   Silverdragon102
    Well I am one

    Started the process several years ago for the US, got caught up in retrogression. Husband started working for a company that had offices in various countries back in the UK and was given the opportunity to come to Canada on a TWP. Arrived here back in 2008, started nurse application with CRNNS and after finally meeting their requirements (not complaining) passed CRNE and have been working in LTC since 2010. Started PR application in 2010 and finally received notice that PR has been approved and just waiting for piece of paper so I can officially land and become a PR

    The US was cancelled and we are so happy to be here in Canada and will be applying for citizenship as soon as we can
  5. by   Ginger's Mom

    Sounds like you are very happy in your new home. You shared your journey here and it was wonderful. It sounds like your journey was make a new life in either Canada or USA.

    With all those other posters who you help, it would be rewarding to hear their stories of success. I would be interested in hearing how others are finding their new homes in Canada and USA. For example did the move meet their expectations? What challenges did they have? Do they miss their former homeland?

    Lots of energy goes on this forum answering questions, but unlike other areas of this forum, posters never follow up ? Did they get a license? Did they get a job? How is their family adapting to their new home country?

    Posting there success stories will help all the hopefuls how to know how long their immigration journey will be.
  6. by   itsmejuli
    I'd be really interested in reading immigration success stories too.

    My move from Florida to Alberta was easy since I'm a Canadian citizen and I met the education requirements for Alberta LPNs.
  7. by   Esme12
    I would love to hear more sucessful journeys about nursing in other countries!
  8. by   RJmanuone
    I would also love to hear stories about nursing in other countries... successfull or unsuccssfull just post it here... after all friends are for sharing both happy and sad times... with just 5+ comments for this post i guess everyone is pretty busy at work after migration... well, we are waiting... and will keep waiting for your stories...
  9. by   RJmanuone
    all is well for nurses... no matter where you go, there will be jobs waiting... Im happy to hear your story silverdragon... wishing you and your family the very best in canada... by the way which part of canada are you in?? hope the whether is okay there... regards...
  10. by   Silverdragon102
    We had a lovely 4-5 inches of snow fall yesterday, weather not too bad and live on the east coast. Appointment to finally land in 2 weeks weather permitting
  11. by   tokidoki7
    I believe it was a year ago that a member who was from Russia posted about her successful immigration to Canada, but then she disappeared, never to be heard from again. I think she only had two posts and I was wary about her story . I would like to hear more success stories from members who regularly post.
  12. by   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.
  13. by   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!
  14. by   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...