Working in Canada and the US

  1. Just to clear up any misinformation that is being put out there by some agencies: Canada, as well as the US, require that the RN have a "generalist" training for licensure, not the "specialist" that you are now receiving in your programs. Even with the adult branch, you will still need to make up the other hours in Maternal/Peds, as well as Mental Health. Same goes for a specialty in any of the other branches as well. If you are determined to work in the US, it is easier to make up classes when you do have training in the Adult branch, but again, you will need the training.

    Several provinces in Canada are now actually requiring a four year degree, such as Ontario.

    Please do your own homework first, before trusting what an agency has told you.
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  2. 29 Comments

  3. by   misswoosie
    Suzanne
    I'm starting to get concerned that maybe I will have problems getting any job other than full time nights on ICU or a floor.
    Realistically. what do you think the chances of me getting something that's not on the bottom rung without a MASTERS?
    How does the employer prove to immigration that they cannot fill a post with a US Nurse?
    I am changing jobs at the moment from CNS Anticoag to Acute Stroke Research Nurse and hope that I will have about 5 years experience in this area (have done this before)by the time we go. North Carolina are pushing hard to reduce numbers of strokes in NC/SC and ?Georgia I may be able to get a job in this area.
    Not sure if contract research organisations may be worth a try eventually as there is a huge research Park in Raleigh and seems to be lots of jobs around for research Associates.
    Hope you can help
  4. by   debbieuk
    hi
    my course was a 4 year degree and even though i am classed as an adult nurse in the degree my regisration states i am a general nurse (RGN).
    i completed 150 hours in mental health, peads, and maternity.

    yet with all this and reading the difficulties in getting recognised abroad and dodgy agents i think i will stay in england, devon seems nice
  5. by   satinsilver888
    Hi debbieUK

    how could yo compare the salary for RN's there & here in the US?
  6. by   suzanne4
    Quote from debbieuk
    hi
    my course was a 4 year degree and even though i am classed as an adult nurse in the degree my regisration states i am a general nurse (RGN).
    i completed 150 hours in mental health, peads, and maternity.

    yet with all this and reading the difficulties in getting recognised abroad and dodgy agents i think i will stay in england, devon seems nice
    As long as you have the hours, then you should be okay. It isn't as much the classification as it is the number of hours in each of the required areas.
  7. by   madwife2002
    Quote from satinsilver888
    Hi debbieUK

    how could yo compare the salary for RN's there & here in the US?
    The salary can be better here in the US but consideration should be taken into account the perks that UK nurses have once they have been employed for several years and carry from job to job, if they work for the NHS.
    7 weeks vacation time paid
    up to six months full paid sick leave and then upto 6 months half pay.

    This adds up to a considerable amount of money
  8. by   helenai
    Hi guys,
    a quick addendum to the hours or lack of them . I was the working manager of a large hospital in calgery based in the Er before relocating back to scotland. One particular RN was short due to her training in the Uk but I was able to appeal her case with the licensing board due to her vast experience and the fact nurses are a rare commodity . So, i think every case has its own merit but I understand thats not the generalised situation
  9. by   sercar
    hello everybody!
    I just joined the forum today and hope that am gonna have a nice time on this site.
    Am actually s nursing student from holland.
    God bless
  10. by   Silverdragon102
    Quote from sercar
    hello everybody!
    I just joined the forum today and hope that am gonna have a nice time on this site.
    Am actually s nursing student from holland.
    God bless
    hi and welcome :wink2:
  11. by   english_nurse
    my advice regarding hours would be to get a copy of your transcript from your university if you are unsure, it may save you some stress
  12. by   janelola
    Hi Misswoosie [great name!]

    I realise it's some time ago since your post, I am a research nurse who is also considering moving to US but I have come across problems as agencies want me to have RECENT clinical experience and do not count research nursing.
    Have you tried any research agencies direct? One thing I have found is that research nurses seem to get paid less in the US. There is a separate forum for us research nurses somewhere.
    So, I just wondered if you had got anywhere with it, maybe any tips?? I'll certainly tell you anything I know if it can be of any help.
    Thanks
    Janelola
  13. by   madwife2002
    Quote from janelola
    Hi Misswoosie [great name!]

    I realise it's some time ago since your post, I am a research nurse who is also considering moving to US but I have come across problems as agencies want me to have RECENT clinical experience and do not count research nursing.
    Have you tried any research agencies direct? One thing I have found is that research nurses seem to get paid less in the US. There is a separate forum for us research nurses somewhere.
    So, I just wondered if you had got anywhere with it, maybe any tips?? I'll certainly tell you anything I know if it can be of any help.
    Thanks
    Janelola
    You know what I would be doubtful if you would get a job as a research nurse here in the US, and I am not sure I would recommend doing it straight off. Nursing in the US is so different than the UK that you should get a few months med/surg nursing under your belt first. I am a pretty switched on, bright person who picks up things really easily-but I have struggled to understand the vocabulary and medical terminolgy.
  14. by   onia2
    i am a third year adult nursing student who wants to work in usa.can someone tell me how to make up hours in psychiatric and pedeatics.

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