Nurse wants to live and work in Canada

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    Hi there

    Im hoping someone could help me please.

    I am a registered adult nurse living in the UK, and thus far have almost a years experience in the operating room environment. I am educated to Diploma level.

    I am considering studying Midwifery next year, to firstly move in to a new and challenging area and secondly, complete a 18 month course and obtain a Bachelors in Midwifery.

    I would like to live and work in Canada, but I am confused about the process, so I am hoping someone could clear this issue up for me. I have been looking this morning and apparently I would need to do a 9 month bridging course in midwifery to update my skills from England. Has anyone else done this - how did they find the level of education? How much did it cost? Were you offered work afterwards? How much experience did you have prior to starting the course? How did you go about applying? I find this process alittle too overwhelming

    Also I have an uncle who has Canadian Citizenship, currently residing in the US. Would I be able to get sponsorship to speed up the process??

    Thank you kindly

    B84
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    Just wanted to add that if the route to Canada fails, I would like to look at moving/living in America
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    There is a long line of nurses waiting to come to the USA, search on the word retrogression. You need experience, maternity, psych and pedi.

    I can't speak to Canada, but from what I have been reading is that there is a hiring freeze and Canada requires a Bachelors degree.
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    Hello,

    Ty for replying - I've been looking at the situation in the US for some time now and thought that I would try to pursue a career/life in Canada instead.

    I am aware that I would need a Bachelors degree to go to Canada, so am currently looking into the 18m Midwifery course for adult nurses. Then I plan to reassess my situation and look at Canada.

    Has anyone else made the move as a UK registered midwife???
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    Quote from Belle1984


    Also I have an uncle who has Canadian Citizenship, currently residing in the US. Would I be able to get sponsorship to speed up the process??

    Thank you kindly

    B84
    He'd have to be physically residing in the country to act as a sponsor. The CIC website has a list of who can act as a sponsor. There are all sorts of complicated rules regarding relatives. The sponsor has to be able to financially support the migrant for around ten years.
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    I would say starting point would be the college of RN's for the province you want to live and work because you may require hours in Paeds and mental health as well as obstetrics (know you said you would be doing the 18 month midwifery course) if not already on your transcripts.
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    Ty for the advice Silverdragon. I am going to apply and start the midwifery course in February 2011 (assuming I get a place) and following on from there, 18 months later I should be a registered midwife. I do however have to give up my nurse registration at that point.

    When should I contact the province I wish to work in? When on the course?


    Ty,
    B84
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    In Ontario, internationally trained midwives must complete a 1 year bridging program http://www.cmo.on.ca/ITM.php
    In Canada, when the economy is good, there is more potential to work as a RN than as a midwife. I think you will be limiting your potential to find work in Canada if you give up your RN to become a midwife.

    dishes
    Last edit by dishes on Mar 21, '10
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    Quote from Belle1984
    Ty for the advice Silverdragon. I am going to apply and start the midwifery course in February 2011 (assuming I get a place) and following on from there, 18 months later I should be a registered midwife. I do however have to give up my nurse registration at that point.

    When should I contact the province I wish to work in? When on the course?


    Ty,
    B84
    You can hold both your midwifery and general registration, you do not give up one or the other. I have 2 registrations as a EN and RN. You just need to meet requirements for the NMC. (I knew a couple of dual RN and midwives)

    I would suggest you contact the province sooner because you may still be short in hours for mental health and paeds. As I said previously it all goes on what your transcripts state and you need hours both clinical and theory in Mental health, Paeds, Obstetrics and adult
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    Quote from Silverdragon102
    You can hold both your midwifery and general registration, you do not give up one or the other. I have 2 registrations as a EN and RN. You just need to meet requirements for the NMC. (I knew a couple of dual RN and midwives)

    I would suggest you contact the province sooner because you may still be short in hours for mental health and paeds. As I said previously it all goes on what your transcripts state and you need hours both clinical and theory in Mental health, Paeds, Obstetrics and adult
    Ty - would it better to apply for the exam first before contacting the province? Or should I just make an enquiry?? Sorry, really stupid/simple questions... I just find the process isnt at all clear!

    Plus, I only have a diploma in General Nursing, so was planning to get my degree in midwifery. Would this make a difference re my registration??

    Oop, no more thing - im currently studying anaesthetic nursing, and have obtained 4 weeks exp. in paeds and 4 weeks in obs. I completed 4 weeks in a mental health environment during my initial nursing training. Hopefully this will be sufficient experience to satisfy the College's requirements!

    B84
    Last edit by Belle1984 on Mar 21, '10


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