Job prospects for foreign-educated RN

  1. I completed my RN training in Korea and now plan to find a RN job in Canada. What would it be like?

    My English is OK but not that great. What kind of language testing would I need to go through (pass tests like TOEFL or IELTS?)? Would any language issues stand in my way? I plan to write the NCLEX-RN and the CRNE soon. My husband is Canadian so I practice English everyday and we plan to move back there soon (so I can immigrate there, too).

    When is this requirement for a Bachelors of Nursing coming into play? I completed a Certificate of RN at a College in Korea. What extra academic work would I need to do?

    I only have one-year nursing experience in a senior citizen's home in Korea. Would this short experience prevent me from finding a hospital RN job? Would nursing overseas for a year or two in an English-speaking hospital (say in the Middle East) be advised before trying to find a job in Canada?

    Thanks. snoopynurse
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  3. by   moia
    In Ontario You are now required to complete a Bachelors Degree in Nursing to obtain a licence.
    You need to contact the licencing Board in whatever province you are moving to..they will mail you a list of the requirements and if you tell them your english might be an issue they can let you know what tests are required.
    I do have to say your written english is great..you seem to have a pretty good grasp and that is a huge plus for you in writing any tests.

    Contact all the licencing bodies...they will lay it all out for you.
    Your goal is to get the licencing body to accept your school and training as comparible to canadian training..then you will be given an opportunity to write the exam..if you pass you will be licenced.
    There are nursing jobs here, I agree your experience is shallow..I would recommend you complete a critical care program and get that certificate or get the emergency/trauma care program...we are always looking for er and critical care nurses....the more specialized training you have the better even if you don't get the experience working the education looks really good on your resume.

    Set some goals before you approach the licensing body..get any extra certification you can and keep working...you get extra points for nursing experience.

    Educate yourself BEFORE you get here..there is nothing worse than moving to a foreign country and being refused a licence to work. It can be financially devastating if you come expecting to go to work only to find out no one will give you a licence to practice.
  4. by   Snoopynurse
    My foreign-education was accepted by CGFNS (who evaluate foreign nursing education for acceptability to write the NCLEX-RN (US nursing exam)) and I plan to soon write the NCLEX-RN. Would I need to complete extra nursing courses to boost my college nursing certificate to a university BA? Where can I get info like this?

    Snoopynurse
  5. by   suzanne4
    Each province in Canada is different. It depends on where you are planning to move to. Bit if CGFNS accepted your credentials, then that is half of the battle. your transcripts would need to be evaluated by a university to see what classes/credits would actually be accepted. This is done on a school by school basis as each have their own requirements.

    Good luck to you. Working for a year or two in the middle east is not going to make any difference as to who hires you. And that is what it comes down to. You will be starting off at a new grad salary...............
  6. by   Snoopynurse
    I plan to nurse in Toronto, Ontario or thereabouts.

    Wouldn't Middle East experience count towards landing a good hospital RN job in Toronto? Would this experience make me more of an attractive employee that a hospital might want to pick up? Or is a "sellers" (i.e., nurses) market? Did you mean that this experience wouldn't affect my potential salary or anything else?

    Actually, right now I'm in a dilemna. I don't have a nursing job right now but am looking for one in Middle East or Canada. I thought ME job would be easier to get (than Canada given my experience), the language issue wouldn't exist, and would help towards ultimately getting a Ontario nursing job. If you were in my shoes, would you skip directly to Canada or hang around the Middle East?

    Thanks. Snoopynurse
  7. by   suzanne4
    Quote from Snoopynurse
    I plan to nurse in Toronto, Ontario or thereabouts.

    Wouldn't Middle East experience count towards landing a good hospital RN job in Toronto? Would this experience make me more of an attractive employee that a hospital might want to pick up? Or is a "sellers" (i.e., nurses) market? Did you mean that this experience wouldn't affect my potential salary or anything else?

    Actually, right now I'm in a dilemna. I don't have a nursing job right now but am looking for one in Middle East or Canada. I thought ME job would be easier to get (than Canada given my experience), the language issue wouldn't exist, and would help towards ultimately getting a Ontario nursing job. If you were in my shoes, would you skip directly to Canada or hang around the Middle East?

    Thanks. Snoopynurse
    Ontario is already requiring a BSN for licensure. You only have one year of experience if I remember correctly from other posts, working another year or two in the Middle East, isn't going to make you more marketable. You will be more than likely starting at a new grad salary.
    Yesterday, they raided a foreign compound in Saudi Arabia, and 16 people were killed. Not sure that working in that area would be high on my list.
    First, you need to see if Ontario will accept your credentials, only they can decide. Not anyone on this board..............
  8. by   superme
    I just passed my CRNE this Feb,can someone tell me on how to get employment .i am not in canada at present but have legal rights to work there.
  9. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from nyabs
    I just passed my CRNE this Feb,can someone tell me on how to get employment .i am not in canada at present but have legal rights to work there.
    Contact hospitals in the areas you want to work

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