Hello All, I'm new here on AN. I have lots and lots of questions, but first, let me introduce myself.
I'm American, and have worked as a CNA for 11 years. I have a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts/French Emphasis. I'm not young, prior to becoming a CNA, I pursued a career in the media for 10 years. I am wanting to become an RN, but because I am both older and already have one Bachelor's Degree, I will be applying to a local community college, just to get my ADN. Of course, with so many facilities here in the US now saying they will only hire BSNs, it looks like I will need to bridge over and get that degree, too. I also have checked the Canadian Nurses Association website, and it looks like all provinces except Quebec require a BSN. I really would like to start working as a RN before I turn 50, but I'll barely make that timeline, if I have to get my BSN first. I am also a member of the US Army (National Guard) and am using my veteran's benefits to pay for school, so I think I need to remain in the US for school. But, I am considering moving to Canada (BC) as I have a longtime special friend up there and would like to see him more often than once or twice a year.
Question 1: Are there any additional educational requirements, beyond what I would get in a US BSN program, that I would need to take before I could take the Canadian equivalent of the NCLEX?
Question 2: How easy is it to get a job in Canada? I am actually thinking of taking my PN-NCLEX after my first year of nursing school, so that I can increase my income. Are there very many LPN jobs in Canada? I would rather move up there in one year than wait four years to complete my BSN. I think I can still do US online bridge programs (paid with my veterans benefits) to go from my LPN to my BSN and live in Canada at the same time.
Question 3: Does anyone know how long the immigration process would take? It looks like I will most likely need to have a job offer in hand before I could get a work Visa. I'm sure employers wouldn't want to wait a huge long time after they offer me a job while I wade through the immigration red tape.
Question 4: Would it be easier to get an international job offer through a Travel Nurse agency than with a specific facility where I want to move?
Any other tips and advice will be most welcome.