I graduated from a Quebec College (RN program), I am working in a federal veterans hospital in Quebec, so I can have either a Canadian or a Quebec licence, since it is federal. I decided to do only the licence exam in Ottawa /c the CNO. The OIIQ is scary! The exam is over $400, 3 days long,(2days of live nurse situations with actors and evaluators), and 1 day of short answer) it takes 3 months to get the results! I heard a lot of people fail and that the exam is badly translated into English, because a French person translates it.
I know that you are transfering your licence over /c this reciprocity, I heard that it is a long process and that it is expensive. I paid $70 for 2 stamps from the OIIQ (to the CNO) saying that my college (which is 25 years old), is a recognized nursing school
. It is a real political thing the fact that the exam is (usually) only good for Quebec. I think it is stupid, cause Quebec is in Canada, it is not a country. I am sorry, I am going off topic here.
I am just warning you that the provincial system (at least in the Montreal area) is typical of the bad working conditions that we hear in the media. I am used to the federal system, so to me they are bad working conditions. I did my clinicals all in the provincial system.
There is a major shortage, lack of supplies, or old supplies, forced overtime,BAD PAY!!!! lots of floating around, lack of guaranteed hours and vacation time.
This is why I did not even write the Quebec exam. If I do not work where I am now, I would move else where, before I would work in the Quebec system.I think the hospital that I work at is the only federal owned hospital in Canada, so they have more money to circulate. (it is a veterans hospital). We are spoiled!
I do not want to discourage you, but this is what I have seen. I do not know what it is like where you are now in Ontario.
By the way, I passed my CNO exam, I received the letter on Sept. 4th, I sent the money by fax the same day........how long does it take to receive the actual licence????