TIMELINE for taking CRNE for US educated nurse

  1. hi there:
    i was wondering if anyone had experience with the time it takes from application to receiving the rn license in canada. i am about to graduate from a us nursing school.
    i am canadian born (and educated until high school) so i do not have to do an english exam or immigration (thank god)
    i received the aarn packet today and here is how it goes in part:

    1. graduated from a nursing program equivalent to alberta's --ok i hope!
    2. verification of registration as rn in another country - nclex to be completed in jan 2006
    3. nursing education transcript sent straight from the school to aarn - out of my hands as to how long this takes the school to send
    4. reference from canadian or us health care agency based on 225 hrs of employment- sent straight to the aarn
    (etc) - also out of my hands as to how long this takes the workplace to send

    since i am not done with school until dec 2005, i will not be taking the nclex until the second week of jan (going to a nclex review the 1st week of jan).
    i begin working as an rn/gn jan 9 (i have a job already).
    if i need 225 hrs and my rn license (#2 &#4 above) in order to send this form back- this means i have to work for almost 2 months as an rn before i can send in the paperwok?? i did not see this information anywhere on the aarn site!

    after i send it in (and all other transcripts, etc are received), the letter states that i will receive a "letter outlining the requirements you must meet to be eligible for registration in alberta".
    it says i should receive it within three months! i hope it does not take that long!. the letter is also supposed to have the "eligibility" for a temporary permit to practice in alberta while i "complete the requirements for registration" (i hope this only means while i wait to take the test and for the results)
    how long does it take (and how much $) to get a temporary permit?

    what happens if:
    i get a temp permit, leave my us job to work as a ??gn?? in alberta, take the crne (hopefully in aug?) and don't get the results for 12 weeks like the other thread on this site said? do i still practice as a gn for this whole time?
    what if (god forbid) i don't pass the exam and have to wait months until it is offered again... do i lose my temp permit to practice until i pass like they do here in the us? here it takes 48hrs to find out if you passed!
    is it even ridiculous to think that there will be any way to have all of the requirements completed in time to take the aug 2006 exam?

    the instructions also state: "if you have never been employed as an rn in canada or the us, indicate this on the reference form (#4 above) and return it with the application"
    is the 225hrs working as an rn absolutely necessary? if it is not, why is it even asked for?

    i sure hope someone reading this knows something! this is very frustrating- not only to wait 12 weeks for results but all the hoops that i have to jump through to get to the point to even take the test!:angryfire
    anyone have experience with this?
    thanks, gail
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  3. by   SukiRN
    hi!

    I'm not sure whether this will be helpful to you, but I think your best bet might be to contact the nursing association in the province you are planning to work in...here in British Columbia, you would want to be directing your questions to the College of Registered Nurses, ( formerly known as Registered Nurses Association of B.C.).

    Goodluck with your endeavours!:typing
    SukiRN
  4. by   gchelak
    Quote from SukiRN
    hi!

    I'm not sure whether this will be helpful to you, but I think your best bet might be to contact the nursing association in the province you are planning to work in...here in British Columbia, you would want to be directing your questions to the College of Registered Nurses, ( formerly known as Registered Nurses Association of B.C.).

    Goodluck with your endeavours!:typing
    SukiRN
    Thanks, that was my next move!
  5. by   skyblue75
    Quote from gchelak
    hi there:
    i was wondering if anyone had experience with the time it takes from application to receiving the rn license in canada. i am about to graduate from a us nursing school.
    i am canadian born (and educated until high school) so i do not have to do an english exam or immigration (thank god)
    i received the aarn packet today and here is how it goes in part:

    1. graduated from a nursing program equivalent to alberta's --ok i hope!
    2. verification of registration as rn in another country - nclex to be completed in jan 2006
    3. nursing education transcript sent straight from the school to aarn - out of my hands as to how long this takes the school to send
    4. reference from canadian or us health care agency based on 225 hrs of employment- sent straight to the aarn
    (etc) - also out of my hands as to how long this takes the workplace to send

    since i am not done with school until dec 2005, i will not be taking the nclex until the second week of jan (going to a nclex review the 1st week of jan).
    i begin working as an rn/gn jan 9 (i have a job already).
    if i need 225 hrs and my rn license (#2 &#4 above) in order to send this form back- this means i have to work for almost 2 months as an rn before i can send in the paperwok?? i did not see this information anywhere on the aarn site!

    after i send it in (and all other transcripts, etc are received), the letter states that i will receive a "letter outlining the requirements you must meet to be eligible for registration in alberta".
    it says i should receive it within three months! i hope it does not take that long!. the letter is also supposed to have the "eligibility" for a temporary permit to practice in alberta while i "complete the requirements for registration" (i hope this only means while i wait to take the test and for the results)
    how long does it take (and how much $) to get a temporary permit?

    what happens if:
    i get a temp permit, leave my us job to work as a ??gn?? in alberta, take the crne (hopefully in aug?) and don't get the results for 12 weeks like the other thread on this site said? do i still practice as a gn for this whole time?
    what if (god forbid) i don't pass the exam and have to wait months until it is offered again... do i lose my temp permit to practice until i pass like they do here in the us? here it takes 48hrs to find out if you passed!
    is it even ridiculous to think that there will be any way to have all of the requirements completed in time to take the aug 2006 exam?

    the instructions also state: "if you have never been employed as an rn in canada or the us, indicate this on the reference form (#4 above) and return it with the application"
    is the 225hrs working as an rn absolutely necessary? if it is not, why is it even asked for?

    i sure hope someone reading this knows something! this is very frustrating- not only to wait 12 weeks for results but all the hoops that i have to jump through to get to the point to even take the test!:angryfire
    anyone have experience with this?
    thanks, gail
    hi there. i just finished taking the crne exam last august here in edmonton. thanks god i did it. though, i still dont have that rn licence here. i'm hoping that i could help u based on my experience. your application will be based on your credentials like tor, licence and work experience. they will evaluate those things to identify if u passed their requirement. i know u will be qualified but u have to finish ur schooling first and have a licence where u get ur bsn degree. if u passed the aarn form back, it'll take about 1-3 months for them to reply and tell ur status wether u qualified or not. perhaps it would also depend how fast ur school and licensing body to forward ur requirements to aarn.

    regarding ur 1st question: it doesnt mean that u need to work as an rn to qualify. u can still pass the papers even if u dont have that 225 hours. that can be completed soon. u can qualify as long as you are licensed (rn).

    ur 2nd question: after they review ur documents (and it really will take maximum of 3 months) outline of requirements will be sent to u. they will suggest to u to take the refresher course in preparation for the crne exam ( thats what they say) but it's only a suggestion u dont need to take it coz it cost a lot of money too. if u r eligible, temporary permit issued. for 2006 it's 192.60. i knew it coz i have the documents.. u can only pass ur application for temporary permit if u have already a place to work at.

    while waitng for ur exam and the exam result once ur here in canada u can work as a gn temporarily until u get the result of ur exam and the 225 hours is completed.

    the crne exam result will be at ur hands in 12 weeks (to be exact!). to sad to say but thats true. i had my exan august i rcvd the result november. u know why????? because they added a " short answer question". and this is manually checked.

    oh well, too long to read now. i hope it did helped. would u like me to call them for u and give u a direct answer? goodluck

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