Attention IEN's: Things you should know to make your move to Canada much easier. - page 3

Hi all: On behalf of my fellow IEN's, would someone who has gone through the process of immigrating to the different provinces in Canada, please share with us your experiences and the things we... Read More

  1. Visit  clay07 profile page
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    Janfrn:

    I guess that's why they say some people are trail blazers.... at a cost!!!! Appreciate you and others on the forum for having shared your experiences as well as advice.


    Thanks again.
  2. Visit  shurchik profile page
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    rogue2578,
    Do not despair - the CNO call-center is notoriously insufficient, but the organization itself is fair and functional, if you follow their rules. They don't have preferential treatment for US candidates. They treat all applications the same, as long as they are complete. When you called, did they tell you that they have all the documents they need from you? See, that is the key phrase. I called them in May, was told that my application is complete and that CNO has all the documents they need for assesment. At the risk of being a pain, I got them to repeat it several times (different calls to different customer reps). I'd rather have them annoyed with me, than receive misleading info, as it has happened with CNO a few times before. All the reps I spoke with told me that it would take at least 12 weeks for the assesment of my file. If fact, two of them said 12 weeks, and another one said 15 weeks, and became rude when I mentioned the other two responses. So I left it at that. Five days after those calls I received an official letter from the CNO telling me that my file has been assesed and now I am eligible to sit for the CRNE exam. Needless to say, I didn't complain that it took 5 days insted of 15 weeks!
    Point of the story is: don't get emotional when dealing with bureaucrats, make sure that you've done everything that's required on your part, and check/re-check/triple-check all the info you receive from them.
    And by the way, if you do get approve in June (I hope you do!), immediately ask them if they can e-mail you the application form for the exam. The nearest CRNE is in October, and the registration deadline's in July. There's no guarantee that CNO will get you the application form in time through regular mail.
    Good luck!
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  3. Visit  rogue2578 profile page
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    point of the story is: don't get emotional when dealing with bureaucrats, make sure that you've done everything that's required on your part, and check/re-check/triple-check all the info you receive from them.
    and by the way, if you do get approve in june (i hope you do!), immediately ask them if they can e-mail you the application form for the exam. the nearest crne is in october, and the registration deadline's in july. there's no guarantee that cno will get you the application form in time through regular mail.
    good luck!



    shurchik ,thank you! the best advise i received...significantly you gave me a vivid explanation. im just waiting in vain for their verdict, thinking that it will take however long it takes.
    as matter of fact, i already have all expected parties such my school, (prc) license verification etc sent all the pertinent document way back march. i even called last april 21, 2009 a csr told me that cno already received all the paper works needed to begin their assessment.

    and yesterday just out of the blue i decided why not give them a call and i just might get an answer. but much to my dismay i got a disappointing feedback adding 12 weeks more to my agony. i was like what???...

    anyways, you are absoultely right about how to deal with the system. i should do what i have to and all else in my power to ask and verify triple times or more those informations.

    i am just grateful for your advise. . i never knew anyone i could ask this about.
    thanks again!
  4. Visit  mzee profile page
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    Thank you for letting me know in advance I am sure that will come in handy pretty soon!
    Is there any lab book and med book (Canada) you would recommend me to get so I get myself prepared?
  5. Visit  mzee profile page
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    Do you know if the exam is same all over Canada or each province has it's own....(this is because I am considering Ontario and British Columbia haven't made my mind yet).
  6. Visit  clay07 profile page
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    Quote from janfrn
    The more time that passes by the more applications from IENs each of the Colleges of Nursing have to process. The more they have to process, the longer it takes to get to the top of the pile. Simple supply (assessors' time) and demand (applications on their desks).

    clay07, Ontario does their registration a bit differently than the rest of Canada. The CNO charges $171.73 for registration which doesn't ever expire, but to remain a member you have to renew annually at a cost of $122.66; you cannot work as an RN in Ontario without CNO registration. BUT... all that money buys you is registration. In other provinces the fee includes membership in the Canadian Nurses' Association, Canadian Nurse Protective Service coverage, access to group insurance (car, home, disability) and two monthly nursing journals as well as discounted educational opportunities, access to scholarships and bursaries and representative lobbying efforts to maintain nursing standards and initiatives. In Ontario to get those same benefits you have to be a member of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) at a cost of $265 a year. So the total for a new nurse in Ontario to have all the same benefits that the other Colleges porvide would be $436.73; renewal would cost $387.66. Not a huge difference.
    So I called CNO just now. Same fees as you mentioned Janfrn for both initial registration and renewal. Get this, while mine isn't half as bad as your scenario, the deadline for renewal is Dec. 31, 2009. So, if I get registered by the end of July or beginning of August, it'll only be four months before renewing my license! Oh well, live and learn.


    Mzee:
    I asked the agent if the test is the same in all the provinces and she said yes, except in Quebec. As was mentioned by Janfrn, Canada uses SI units...metric system...I don't know of any books to recommend. What I did was google the most popular/common labs as well as ask my mom because Jamaica uses the same system like Canada.
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  7. Visit  rogue2578 profile page
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    Post by shurchik

    [I]Needless to say, I didn't complain that it took 5 days insted of 15 weeks! [/I

    I pray to God I'd be lucky as you shurchik...


    I just called CNO and the agent told me that I already called yesterday. She trying to implicate that theres no need to call 2 days in row especially without much progress happening with my application.

    CNO call-center " notorious indeed " ^_-
  8. Visit  Mcgyver profile page
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    I have been here for 19 days now in Manitoba,and we are almost done with our two weeks orientation. Back home I use to think my institution has too much paperwork, but after a few days of getting to know all the necessary documentation and forms here in my assigned region... I was wrong.Actually our lecturers assured us that they just don't love to kill trees here,It is just a few ways to safe guard our clients and of course our license.I have been a surigical ICU nurse in the Philippines for two years...I believe my experiences there are different interms of approach,as well as knowledge .They have equipment here that is way better to make nursing less stressful than it is.There is an adjustment with our skills as it vary according to the facility you areassigned.Few weeks from now I will be one of the nurses on the floor,hopefully I can adopt and respond to the changes in my nursing career,and perform of what is expected of me,..no pressure
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  9. Visit  clay07 profile page
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    I arrived in Canada on June 24, 2009 at ~7:45p. The immigration officer was really pleasant. She asked what was the purpose of my visit and took the paperwork and processed it.
    The work permit does have restrictions (as expected).

    1. Unless authorized, you can't attend any educational institution and take any academic, professional or vocational training. (She gave an example that if I wanted to take french class for a couple of months that's fine, just not something that will issue a diploma/degree).
    2.Not authorized to work in any other position other than stated.
    3.Not authorized to work for any employer other than stated.
    4.Not authorized to work in any location other than stated.
    5. Must leave Canada by, stated.

    Day 2: June 25
    Faxed a copy of my work permit to CNO (included a copy of the job offer).
    Applied for the SIN at Service Canada, not Service Ontario. I got the number not the card. The card will be sent to me in the mail within 1 -2 weeks.
    The rest I'll get done when I get to London.

    So far, so good.
  10. Visit  Silverdragon102 profile page
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    Glad it is going well
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  11. Visit  mzee profile page
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    I am happy for you! (Clay07)
    Does anybody know of any upcoming job fair in Ontario or British Columbia.
    Thanks in advance.
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  12. Visit  sandraann profile page
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    Hi, i just joined all nurses.com today; waiting for my school to send transcripts to alberta wanted hours of clinical and hours of theory. I have a web site you can go to ;to buy there study guides it is a bite different. I have very special circumstances im u.s. And canadian citizen already; dual. Please keep in touch with me we can help each other. P.s. They are not crazy about americans here. Just keep quite. The nursing is very different here. I was an lpn here (canada) at one time.
    Please reply and i will give you my email address. Orginally from michigan lived in ontario, windsor.how in alberta have my r.n. License for six different states.it is so beautiful in canada you may nerver want to leave !!!!!!!!!i have been here for 30 years!! Canadians are beautiful people. Very friendly.the best place to raise a family!!
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  13. Visit  Fiona59 profile page
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    Quote from sandraann
    ... . They are not crazy about americans here. Just keep quite. The nursing is very different here. I was an lpn here (canada) at one time.
    Please reply and i will give you my email address. Orginally from michigan lived in ontario, windsor.how in alberta have my r.n. License for six different states.it is so beautiful in canada you may nerver want to leave !!!!!!!!!i have been here for 30 years!! Canadians are beautiful people. Very friendly.the best place to raise a family!!

    Uhm, I've worked with several US educated RNs over the years. Can't say that I've loved all of them but that's because they are people. We judge people by how they interact with their co-workers not their nationality. If you work well with others and pull your share of the crap, we don't care if you are from Mars as long as your papers are in order and you've got a valid practice permit.
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