UK Nurse - Calgary - Maybe! - page 2

Hi there, I'm a UK nurse and wish to immigrate from UK to Calgary and work as an RN. However, I'm just back from a trip to Calgary with my OH as it was a recce trip. Unfortunately, I have now found... Read More

  1. by   2Nurse2
    Hello Cheeca, Thanks for your quick and informative reply.

    I dont understand why they would initially pay you the salary of an undergrad when you have 12 years of expereince (thats ridiculous). didnt they give you a job offer and a contract stating the salary before you started working? I m glad finally things have worked out for you.
    Have you yet thought about applying for immigrant status? Would Calgary Health help you apply through PNP now or you have to wait till you spend some more time working there.
    Thanks again for all your help.
    Have a good one
  2. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Quote from 2Nurse2
    I dont understand why they would initially pay you the salary of an undergrad when you have 12 years of expereince (thats ridiculous). didnt they give you a job offer and a contract stating the salary before you started working?
    The health region cannot pay you as a registered nurse in Alberta until you are a registered nurse in Alberta. It doesn't matter how many years' experience you have. They have opted to provide people with employment while they're waiting to take the CRNE, with the understanding that the rate of pay would be that of an undergrad nurse (or in some cases as a nursing assistant). Once the CRNE has been written the rate of pay goes up to that of a grad nurse while waiting the 6-8 weeks it takes for the results to come back and for the wait time for CARNA to issue a practice permit. Once the I's are dotted and the T's are crossed and a practice permit is issued, there is retroactive payment for all the hours worked at the agreed-upon RN salary level. The other option is to not work at all and just sit and wait with no income at all. The Alberta economy makes that a very poor choice.
  3. by   cheeca
    Quote from janfrn
    The health region cannot pay you as a registered nurse in Alberta until you are a registered nurse in Alberta. It doesn't matter how many years' experience you have. They have opted to provide people with employment while they're waiting to take the CRNE, with the understanding that the rate of pay would be that of an undergrad nurse (or in some cases as a nursing assistant). Once the CRNE has been written the rate of pay goes up to that of a grad nurse while waiting the 6-8 weeks it takes for the results to come back and for the wait time for CARNA to issue a practice permit. Once the I's are dotted and the T's are crossed and a practice permit is issued, there is retroactive payment for all the hours worked at the agreed-upon RN salary level. The other option is to not work at all and just sit and wait with no income at all. The Alberta economy makes that a very poor choice.
    Hi

    Just to clarify something. They are supposed to pay you from the start as a Graduate nurse and not an undergraduate, They pay this grad stutus while you wait to sit the CRNE exam. My contract stated that would be paid as a Grad nurse providing they receive all the Previous past expereince forms from the UK, which I did supply them with, but then they always say they have not got them, so pay you Undergrad pay. You have to get on the case quickly and pressure them, until they pay you the correct grad nurse pay.
  4. by   Jaggy Thistle
    Quote from cheeca
    Hi
    I did the P2000 and graduated in 1997. I am now living and working in Calgary, I did not have any problems with my application for work permits or LMO's.
    Hi Cheeca. Thanks so much for your reply. At least it's a positive. I've not had anyone P2000 as yet saying that they were deferred, but then I graduated in 2004 so maybe the later the course and of course "where" you studied makes a difference I don't know the waiting is killing me. It's been 8 weeks since my application went for assessment and I think my OH may have a heart attack before the wait is over to find out what's what.

    Thanks for your feedback. Maybe see you in Calgary?! :spin:

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