BC RN wanting to practice in AB - page 2

by iheartcanucks2012

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Hi Everyone!The reason I am strarting this topic is because i am so confused with the "reciprocity" (if it even exists) process of Candian RNs moving from one jurisdiction to another. To start with, let me tell you a lil... Read More


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    I had a BC RN licence while I worked my masters clinical practicum as an NP student.
    I had not worked in Canada for pay for the last 5 yrs
    I had worked as an RN in another country.
    CARNA tried to tell me I had to do a 200 hr practicum as a grad nurse before getting an RN licence from CARNA

    Not so, my BC licence as an RN was current and they had to recognize it.
    I had a huge fight with the registrar at the time
    Having said that my BSN was from BC and my MS fron the US
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    That's the difference, GlobalRN. CARNA couldn't really dispute your application since you have a BSN from BC and a BC license. You aren't an IEN.
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    Hi guys. After a lot if weighing, i decided to go back in BC and work. Maybe not in the lower mainland where we came from but somewhere in the interior, near BC-AB border. I'd rather work and gain experience and HOURS while earning $$ rather than do the process again. I just hope and pray I can find work soon.
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    Hi GlobalRN, so what happened with your case? Is it still in the process?
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    I am outraged at what you have described.

    If you have passed the CRNE and obtained a nursing license in BC this should be recognized in Alberta.

    If your husband is working there and has relocated I would contact his MLA for some help with this.

    It is not acceptable - CARNA cannot just take who they want to take, they have to accept your application just as they would have to accept mine.
    Last edit by RN_Canada on Feb 27, '12 : Reason: spelling
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    I agree with RN_Canada about contacting the MLA in Alberta for advice, it seems like CARNA is violating the Labour Mobility Act.
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    I was under the impression that each province evaluated an IENs application every time they relocated within Canada.

    I know that BC wouldn't give me a full practice permit until I took a course (for a skill that I wasn't permitted to use!) despite having been educated in Alberta and having worked for three years in a specialiezed Acute Care Hospital.

    I also thought it was a violation of my right to work anywhere in Canada but it all boils down to "protecting the public"
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    Fiona
    There were amendments made to the Labour Mobility Act in 2009, did BC require the extra course before that time?
    I think the practice of each province evaluating an IENs application every time they relocate in Canada, has stopped in some of the provinces, because they have been changing their practices to comply with the labour mobility and fair access to regulated practice acts.
    dishes
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    RN_Canada, Dishes

    I will write the MLA for advice. I have never heard of the Labour Mobility Act, I will try to read more about it. Thanks for bringing it up to my attention.
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    update::

    hey guys, so i already wrote a letter to our mla but i haven't heard back from him yet.

    i am now considering of applying for registration with srna. i believe there are under served rural communities of sk near the ab border, i wouldnt mind commuting if i get a job there (fingers crossed). i inquired about it and mentioned my situation and here is the response:

    [color=#454545]thank you for your email. since you are licensed as an rn with bc you would be required to apply through us as a canadian rn. in regards to your hours you can count your hours from a different country as long as they were approved rn hours and the position required an rn and they are within the last 5 years.



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