Need some advice how to prepare for RN exam in ontario

  1. Help! Im a nurse from Gemany and I want to move to ontario.ive no idea whats the best way to prepare for the exam and what they want to know.
    who can tell me all about the exam??
    Thanx ahead Su.xxx
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  3. by   suzanne4
    Basically prepare as you would for the American NCLEX exam. You can find alot of material on-line for that, probably much more than for the Canadian version. You will have questions in each of the areas, including maternal and child health. You will probably have to complete a series of English exams as you do to work in the US and I would recommend getting those completed and out of the way before you begin your nursing exam. It will save you time on the processing end. Good luck to you................................
  4. by   Nuru99
    Hey Su.XXX,

    Wellcome to allnurses.com. What part of Germany are you from ( I loved Berlin).

    I wonder have you contacted the nursing board in Ontario yet. I did my canadian RN exams in Jan of this year and passed first time. There's a couple of things you can do depending on how much help you feel you need.

    1/ Make sure you get the Canadian RN exam prep book
    It has about 360 questions and their answers with rationales that are similar to the ones which you will see on the main exam.

    2/ I also used a web site called certinurse.ca. This has practice questions which are supposedly similar to the board exams

    http://certinurse.ca/

    I don't think its the greatest site because you tend to memorize answers and not always understand the rationale behind them. I thought I would give you the link anyway because there are some people that I have spoken too that do like it.

    3/ I'm not sure what kind of training you have in Germany but I came from England and the main problem with nurses like myself (worked in adult ICU for 8 years) is that we tend to have specialized in one area and the exam looks at all areas of nursing

    peads
    maternity and
    mental health for example were areas I hadn't worked in since graduating so I had to do a bit of revising in those areas.

    Anyways this is another website which may be helpful

    http://my2.bcou.ca/register/zwskfcls.p_getcrse

    The above website is a link to BC open learning university. They offer courses for nurses who were trained abroad and are planning on taking their board exams in Canada.

    The one of most interest to you may be

    NURS 371: Registered Nurse Exam Prep

    You can do it online so you can start taking it now. It also doesn't cost as much as some of the other courses available.

    What ever you do decide though please contact the board of nurses first and they can guide you in what you may or may not require to sit the exams.

    I hope this info helps and let me know if you need any more help.

    Nuru
  5. by   Su.xxx
    Hi Nuru,

    thanx very much for your help,that helps a lot !

    What do you mean board of nurses probably college of nurses?because I tried them and found them not very helpful.

    In fact i think nursing in Germany is different i worked in ICU and Anaesthesia since I gratuated in 1990 then later i did 2 year training for special intensive care.So I guess you are right I for sure forgot some of my knowledge about child care materity or stuff like that..

    Im from Heidelberg by the way do you know that?? Very nice old city in the southern part of Germany.

    Su.xxx

    Quote from Nuru99
    Hey Su.XXX,

    Wellcome to allnurses.com. What part of Germany are you from ( I loved Berlin).

    I wonder have you contacted the nursing board in Ontario yet. I did my canadian RN exams in Jan of this year and passed first time. There's a couple of things you can do depending on how much help you feel you need.

    1/ Make sure you get the Canadian RN exam prep book
    It has about 360 questions and their answers with rationales that are similar to the ones which you will see on the main exam.

    2/ I also used a web site called certinurse.ca. This has practice questions which are supposedly similar to the board exams

    http://certinurse.ca/

    I don't think its the greatest site because you tend to memorize answers and not always understand the rationale behind them. I thought I would give you the link anyway because there are some people that I have spoken too that do like it.

    3/ I'm not sure what kind of training you have in Germany but I came from England and the main problem with nurses like myself (worked in adult ICU for 8 years) is that we tend to have specialized in one area and the exam looks at all areas of nursing

    peads
    maternity and
    mental health for example were areas I hadn't worked in since graduating so I had to do a bit of revising in those areas.

    Anyways this is another website which may be helpful

    http://my2.bcou.ca/register/zwskfcls.p_getcrse

    The above website is a link to BC open learning university. They offer courses for nurses who were trained abroad and are planning on taking their board exams in Canada.

    The one of most interest to you may be

    NURS 371: Registered Nurse Exam Prep

    You can do it online so you can start taking it now. It also doesn't cost as much as some of the other courses available.

    What ever you do decide though please contact the board of nurses first and they can guide you in what you may or may not require to sit the exams.

    I hope this info helps and let me know if you need any more help.

    Nuru
  6. by   Nuru99
    Hi Su.XXX

    I'm glad the links helped though I must admit I'm disappointed you didn't get any more help from the CNO (College of Nurses of Ontario).

    I'm based in Nova Scotia at the moment and I work part time for an NGO that is trying to formulate a program of support for internationally trained nurses to prepare to sit the CRNE.

    Ontario is supposed to be the province that is taking the lead in this so obviously they haven't got it right yet.

    I just thought I should add another link for you. It is for the CNO and has a step by step approach to getting registered in Ontario. I noticed that they have changed some of the requirements e.g you didn't have to be a canadian citizen to sit the exams before. If this is a problem just remember not all the provinces require this and if you decide to sit the exams elsewhere you can always transfer to the province that you want.

    Link from College of Nurses of Ontario

    http://www.cno.org/international_en/index.html

    P.S I haven't been to Heidelberg only Berlin and Bautzen. My hubby and I are planning a trip to Germany next year and hopefully Austria too. I just really loved it there. Thats one of the things I miss about living in London (I used to live in the UK). Europe is so close and everytime you have a couple of days of you can go off and explore.

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