hi everyone, I just passed the board exam last june 2009 and until now I haven't had any hospital experience bcoz most of them are in freeze hiring, even in volunteer nursing. i also attended lots of orientations and seminars that offers easy/fastest way in going to other countries. now, I want to try in Canada but I really don't have an idea if I'll be going there using a student visa. anyone who can help me out and give some insights... thanks in advance.
Feb 13, '10
by Silverdragon102, RN
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Yeah times are getting harder and harder for nurses nowadays. Anyway, to Fiona and Silverdragon, I guess what dreamerkid means to say when he was asking for recommendations as to which province you can suggest is more of which province would accept nurses without experience. For Filipino nurses who dreams to work overseas, it isn't a question of lifestyle or climate, it is more of the possibility to acquire work. We are very much enduring in terms of work situations/conditions. Don't get me wrong, of course if there's a way for better work environment who wouldn't want that right? If there's a chance to work in a better climate without the need to suffer extreme cold/hot temperatures then that would be awesome. That said however, Filipino nurses take these circumstances secondary to the opportunity for work with better salary and a chance for citizenship or permanent residency status. We will take for granted pride and ego for the opportunity of a better life ahead.
It is good if you can check out the threads under Canada. From the time I last looked into it, I read that they are having trouble finding nursing related jobs as well, unless you have some specialization that is in demand. Still, I recall that some forumers would say that freeze hiring doesn't apply everywhere, just in some major places I guess. You might want to read those threads and get an idea as to how you can sit the CRNE and qualify as a licensed nurse in Canada.
I know if you approach agencies here, they will require from you at least 2-3 years of working experience and some would even demand specialization from you or a Master's degree. They require this because they want to process applicants which have higher chances for them to find placement abroad and also make money from. I know your predicament of finding it impossible to land a nursing job around Manila. It may be possible though if you are willing to work in the provinces. Yet, I know as a fellow 2nd courser, you wouldn't want to waste further time in finding jobs and wasting precious moments getting experience here with meager salaries. I strongly urge you to read back into some threads and get info from people's experiences and then if you have spare funds, you can go to Canada and check the situation for yourself. You can go ask hospitals and stuff, for all we know, you just need to act upon it instead of just waiting around. Unfortunately for us, we have to keep spending after passing the Boards, just to land us a job.
I only have a vague inkling when it comes to how they process overseas nurses in Canada. But if it helps, I think you have to undergo some trainings before you can qualify to take the CRNE exams. And if I am not mistaken, say for instance you have work experience, you may be qualified to take the CRNE exam right away but if you fail then you have no option but to take a 1 year course before you can sit another CRNE. On one hand, you can always apply for a bridging program, go there under student's Visa and finish the course, take the exam and get your license.
The thing we are seeing more of is due to families within Canada relocating because they have to move for jobs so this is having an impact on some of the provinces. I live on the East coast and have definitely noticed a drop in jobs being advertised and many want eligibility to sit CRNE and state so in their job application. It is a catch 22 situation as a lot of employers require work experience as do some of the provinces. One of the reasons why we can't recommend a province is because things are so diverse and spread out here. It is a large country with lots of different lifestyles and would be better to do your own research both as lifestyle and what you want out of your new life in Canada as well as whether jobs are available. Would also suggest some other things to take into consideration is public transport especially if you do not drive as public transport may be limited. You say that Philippine nurses will work anywhere which is good but you still need to look at other things. If you plan on sending money back to the Philippines you need to look at lifestyle and see what you can afford and some provinces are more expensive than others.
Not everyone has to undergo some training before getting eligibility as a lot will go on what your transcripts state. However I have not seen anything that indicates if you get eligibility to sit CRNE and fail it you have to do a bridge program for a year once you have eligibility to sit CRNE you have 3 attempts to pass and only then are there further requirements
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