Practical Nursing in Canada for 2 years - page 4

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Hi, I am a registered nurse in the Philippines with no work experience. I enrolled at a 2-year practical nursing program at Centennial College in Toronto Canada. I already have a student visa and will be leaving this November but... Read More


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    Hello everyone. We all have the same predicaments about nursing here in Canada. In my case, I am now here in Toronto having a tourist visa. I have it for two years. I want to pursue my nursing career. Never had an experience though. I dont know where to start. Here are my status on the requirements. 1.Graduated of BSN in Philippines. 2. No nursing experience. 3. Licensed nurse in Philippines. 4. NoT ielts passer 5. (i dont understand the requirements #5) 6. Having tourist visa. 7. i dont know where to get the canadian criminal recors sypnosis.

    I am also thinking. Since I am here would it be a nice idea if I go to a hospital and check myself if they would hire me and probably they can help me with my papers.

    Any form of help will be much appreciated. Thank you all in advance.
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    Well, first off, you can't work on a tourist visa in any capacity. If you're caught you working you will be deported and will be refused entrance to Canada for life. So be very careful in how you proceed.

    Second, you cannot even have your application for registration assessed without having a passing score on IELTS or CELBAN. These are assessments of fluency in English, which is vitally important in health care professions in Canada. These exams test listening, reading, writing and speaking. For information on IELTS read here: http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information.aspx CELBAN information can be found here: CELBAN If you have trouble understanding the information presented on these two sites it suggests that you will need remediation of your English education in order to pass.

    Third, your credentials will be assessed by the College of Nurses of Ontario (International - CNO) for equivalence to Canadian education. Because you were educated in the Philippines there may be a requirement for you to undergo a substantially equivalent competency assessment. You don't need experience to be registered but in the current job market, you WILL need experience (and lots of it) to get a job in Ontario. No hospital or other facility will be willing to help you with your paperwork because they're not going to have a job for you so there will be no benefit to the facility. The economy in Ontario is quite fragile at the present and with health care being a provincially funded service, there are very few jobs available for anyone, even those nurses who have lived in Toronto or some other part of Canada all their lives and have decades of experience. A friend of mine has a Master's degree and is a pediatric nurse practitioner with more than 20 years of experience who moved to Ontario this past summer for her husband's job. She's still looking for work.

    You will need to obtain your criminal records check through the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police). You need to prepare yourself for a lot of expense, a lot of waiting on documentation, a lot of waiting to have the documentation assessed, a lot of frustration and many challenges. Read the stickies - http://allnurses.com/international-n...an-772857.html
    http://allnurses.com/international-n...ad-575219.html
    http://allnurses.com/international-n...al-272170.html
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    Hi kamae! Were you able to sit the RPN exam? I have almost the same dilemma as you ..iv applied as an rpn and successfully met CNO's education requirement... I am now eligible to sit the exam.. But problem is i dont have a pr status or whatsoever... Im confused what to do next... Shall i take the student visa route? For the sake of obtaining a post grad work permit?
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    Quote from i_am_ishi
    Hi kamae! Were you able to sit the RPN exam? I have almost the same dilemma as you ..iv applied as an rpn and successfully met CNO's education requirement... I am now eligible to sit the exam.. But problem is i dont have a pr status or whatsoever... Im confused what to do next... Shall i take the student visa route? For the sake of obtaining a post grad work permit?
    Did you train in Canada? I doubt you will qualify for post grad work permit as they are according to website only for people who have trained in Canada
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    Quote from i_am_ishi
    Hi kamae! Were you able to sit the RPN exam? I have almost the same dilemma as you ..iv applied as an rpn and successfully met CNO's education requirement... I am now eligible to sit the exam.. But problem is i dont have a pr status or whatsoever... Im confused what to do next... Shall i take the student visa route? For the sake of obtaining a post grad work permit?
    Hi.. I can't believe I started this thread 2 years ago.. been awhile. Yes, I took the RPN exam sept of last year and passed it. But to get my license, I need to finish this RPN course (because I graduated my BSN more than 3 years ago) and it serves as proof of English proficiency. I am graduating next week and then will be applying for my postgraduation work permit. Since I graduated a 2 year course, I may get a 3 year open work permit. I am to pass that work permit to CNO for them to complete my assessment for RPN.

    It is possible for you to take the student visa route.. but you need to graduate a course of at least a year in length (from what I recall) for you to qualify for a postgrad work permit. Ontario is the toughest when it comes to assessment of Internationally educated nurses. I suggest that you look into other provinces as well.
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    Hi Smith_RN, sorry it took me a year to reply. Hope you'll still be able to read this. The first thing you need to do is to take an English proficiency exam such as the IELTS. That's a requirement of any College or University in Canada for international students. The next step would be to choose a school that offers courses for international students. Once you receive an acceptance letter from the school, you can start processing your student visa. You don't need to hire an agency.. you can do it yourself. Here's a link to the instructions from the cic website:Get a study permit

    I wish you lots of luck. Contact me through allnurses if you have any other questions on this.
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    Hi.. no, I wasn't questioned at all about that. I don't think it's an issue.
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    hi kamae, ive been following your post we have the same way of getting to Canada by my own reasons too, i am also a bsn from ph, but right now im working as a nursing assistant here in japan its my 4th year here, im planning to take student visa through practical nursing course, could you help me what are the applications did you go through, did u had an agency? im planning to do cross country from japan to canada.
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    hello kamae, i would like to chat with you, i have a lots of questions to ask, but i cant send you direct private message, could you send me your fb and lets chat there maybe?
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    hi kamae. i am also in the process of applying to centennial college using the rpn route. i know it has been two years since you applied for the study permit so i am not sure if the immigration still has the same policies regarding the approval of study permit. i want to know if you still submitted a study plan for the immigration. i am a bit worried about being an rn here in the Philippines and studying in Canada using the rpn route.


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