Attention IEN's: Things you should know to make your move to Canada much easier. - page 5

by clay07 | 9,332 Views | 57 Comments

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 can do before actually getting... Read More


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    I have started my duty on the floor for two weeks now,initially I felt I have so much to do,and learn,step up in terms of being an efficient nurse here in Canada. From communication,skills and knowledge in certain situation.It is indeed tough to work here.My coworkers are very good, some how< I question if I couldcome close to them in terms of their experience,for they are independent and know were they stand.What I have is just patience and determination to challenge myself in every situation.Also,I had five nights straight duty,which I never experienced before,felt so drained.
    I asked those who are planning to work in Canada, to assess their motivation, it is no joke here!
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    I wrote you a big long note as to my experience but it disappeared. I know you will do well after 6 months I beleive it,s just all the changes!!! I,ll tell you about my experience sometime. Keep your chin up it truly will get easier.
    Sandraann
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    Quote from Mcgyver
    I have started my duty on the floor for two weeks now,initially I felt I have so much to do,and learn,step up in terms of being an efficient nurse here in Canada. From communication,skills and knowledge in certain situation.It is indeed tough to work here.My coworkers are very good, some how< I question if I couldcome close to them in terms of their experience,for they are independent and know were they stand.What I have is just patience and determination to challenge myself in every situation.Also,I had five nights straight duty,which I never experienced before,felt so drained.
    I asked those who are planning to work in Canada, to assess their motivation, it is no joke here!
    Thanks for your honest evaluation of nursing here.

    It just goes to show that what the Canadian nurses were posting here nearly two years ago was true. We work hard, deal with a lot of weird stuff from management and patients, and we are on the go all the time.

    Perhaps now you understand our displeasure when we were told nurses were coming here to "save our hospitals" from the "land of nurses" because they were "the best nurses in the world."
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    I understand I believe all nurses work hard and know where your coming from. I on the other hand am different!!!! I was educated in the u.s. because it was payed for. My mother was canadian and my father was american. I am dual ,that makes me a heinz 57 -lol. I,ve always been able to work in canada,but choose not to because of all the hassle I,m gonna go through. You should hear the things I go through from both sides! I catch hell !!!!
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    Quote from Fiona59
    Thanks for your honest evaluation of nursing here.

    It just goes to show that what the Canadian nurses were posting here nearly two years ago was true. We work hard, deal with a lot of weird stuff from management and patients, and we are on the go all the time.

    Perhaps now you understand our displeasure when we were told nurses were coming here to "save our hospitals" from the "land of nurses" because they were "the best nurses in the world."

    When the Canadian employers when to our hometown, I would like to believe I was chosen by my experience,credentials,personality and even luck.I consider my self as an above average,compassionate and competent nurse,well in my humble opinion.hehe. I think regardless of nationality people can claim they are the best nurses,proving it is another thing.We are all nurses, we took our oath to serve and give the best nursing care possible,the problem is sometimes we make a big issue of our trainings.The best nurses are those who regardless of setting can be efficient and adjust through any changes and challenges.The best measurement will be patient satisfaction.

    I think Canadian nurses are undervalued,IMO as compared to Americans.primarily because our( my country)nursing education and books are mostly/entirely base on american setting and we were made to believe that ameirica is the ultimate destination for nurses hehe!Some of the Canadian nurses that I've talked to ,told me that they are understaffed because their newly gradiuate nurses and some well experienced nurses are migrating to America.well everybody wants to go toAmerica I guess.

    My previous working experience is quite different from Canada, although the principles remains the same.I may be having a hard time but it is not impossible to accomplish.3 months from now my views may be different.The same thing can be said that Canadian nurses may have a hard time adjusting if they will work in our setting, initially.

    My Caucassian client told me "oh your one of the new ________ nurses,you are known to be caring...."did not get the whole statement, because you know why?..,I was busy analyzing on how to use a gadget to llift and transfer her up in the commode,infact she wasthe one who became my mentor and taught me how to use it, probably her views may now be different after our initial encounter,hehe.

    Well I do not see any displeasure of the canadian nurses that I work with so far, infact I think they are glad that we are here for support. They can even take their breaks now, get better shift and probably have more time unwinding.
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    Recap:

    Ok, so I did the exam Feb 4, had job interview Feb 13th, went back home to Jamaica, did interview for work permit (can't remember date, some time in April), got approved, arrived on the 24th of June, got work permit. 25th faxed a copy to CNO, applied for SIN that same day, got it on Saturday, July 4th. Called CNO on Friday, July 3, told me they sent my letter of consent (letter which requires your consent to abide by the rules as stipulated on the work permit)-see previous post on work permit restrictions. It was mailed, so I asked the agent if she could send a copy via email or fax, she did. Signed that, was accepted for review for the end of the month, but official letter will be received in mail and still needs to be signed and sent for their records. After they have reviewed the work permit, if approved, I should hopefully be getting my license by early August. So, let's see, that took, since exam Feb. 4, six months!

    Ok....I hope this info will help someone have an idea about the process in settling down in Canada.
    I hope others will continue to share just that. The process in settling down in Canada and the experiences that will help us/or anyone to better adjust or transition here.
    Doesn't have to be nurse related. Welcome experiences from all provincies: things we need, must haves etc., what never to leave at home, the most important thing we must know when moving here....
    Last edit by clay07 on Jul 5, '09
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    I just want to know if you anyone out there wrote the canadian exam. I took the canadain sample test of 100 questions. I failed by three marks ,but what I didnt tell you is that I wrote it in the middle of the nite when I was exhausted. I cant say that was the smartest thing I,m ever done. I have not studied at all I just wanted to see where I was at. Perhaps I should have done this in the day time. International nurses out there do you have any advice for me? Greatly appreciated if you do ? Thank-you? How long did you have to wait for your results. Congratulations to those of you who did write.
    sandra
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    Quote from sandraann
    I just want to know if you anyone out there wrote the canadian exam. I took the canadain sample test of 100 questions. I failed by three marks ,but what I didnt tell you is that I wrote it in the middle of the nite when I was exhausted. I cant say that was the smartest thing I,m ever done. I have not studied at all I just wanted to see where I was at. Perhaps I should have done this in the day time. International nurses out there do you have any advice for me? Greatly appreciated if you do ? Thank-you? How long did you have to wait for your results. Congratulations to those of you who did write.
    sandra

    Hi Sandraann:

    Check out crne feb 2009 as well as read previous posts on this blog regarding some of your questions.



    Janfrn, Silverdragon, anyone???!!

    How long after being here can I apply for PR? Can I begin the process right away or is there a specific guideline to follow?
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    You can begin the process as soon as you want. There's some information here:
    http://www.canadavisa.com/canadian-i...roduction.html that explains a lot of it.
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    Quote from janfrn
    You can begin the process as soon as you want. There's some information here:
    http://www.canadavisa.com/canadian-i...roduction.html that explains a lot of it.
    Thanks Janfrn.

    I have googled and googled all possible search and couldn't come up with anything that would answer my question. This helped a lot!


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