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is there anyone here who tried applying in this agency? their site is www.go2canada.com and unfortunately, there aren't many sites that offer feedback about their processing. my mother and I qualified and we we're scheduled for... Read More


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    Quote from RGN1
    I don't understand an RN wanting to work as an LPN? You can work as a grad nurse in Alberta until you pass CRNE. Just look at the CARNA website for details.

    I can't comment about Phillipino training but today our charge nurse was originally form the Phillipines, although she's clocked up a fair few years in Alberta now! She's perfectly competent!
    It's been well discussed in the Canadian forum. When Capital Health, CLPNA and CARNA went through the far east last year, it was discovered that the BScNs produced by many universities had roughly the same education as the diploma PNs produced in Alberta. These RNs required an introduction to Canadian Nursing course and extensive orientation on the floors due to requiring remedial attention to many of the basic nursing skills. Many of these RNs had never inserted a foley, worked with drains, removed staples, etc. Skills that all nurses should be able to hit the floor with.

    It has been noted in many threads (both Canadian and US) that the quality of BScNs vary widely in Phillipino universities.

    Alberta has the right to protect the welfare of it's citizens by requesting that those granted practice permits here be of the same standards as those educated here.
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    Quote from Fiona59
    It's been well discussed in the Canadian forum. When Capital Health, CLPNA and CARNA went through the far east last year, it was discovered that the BScNs produced by many universities had roughly the same education as the diploma PNs produced in Alberta. These RNs required an introduction to Canadian Nursing course and extensive orientation on the floors due to requiring remedial attention to many of the basic nursing skills. Many of these RNs had never inserted a foley, worked with drains, removed staples, etc. Skills that all nurses should be able to hit the floor with.

    It has been noted in many threads (both Canadian and US) that the quality of BScNs vary widely in Phillipino universities.

    Alberta has the right to protect the welfare of it's citizens by requesting that those granted practice permits here be of the same standards as those educated here.
    Does the quality of the learning not get found out when CARNA goes trough the credentials then? Just interested? They take long enoough
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    Quote from cyberfanatic
    Lucy, did you pay something already for your application? what stage of the process are you into now?

    to sassyRN, did you start your application to BC already?

    yes, in order to apply for licensure you send an application fee to CLPNBC along with your application, which cost a few hundred canadian dollars. i also had my credentials assessed by International Credential Evaluation Service, which in turn provides CLPNBC with a copy of its report -- this service cost me another few hundred dollars. this report is required by CLPNBC for nurses educated outside of canada (check out this site: http://www.clpnbc.org/index.php?dbq=9#4897).

    i cannot remember the exact amounts because in my case, i hired a consultant in BC who helped me with the applications and deducted the application fees from the consultation fee i paid them, which was pretty hefty - $2,000(CAD). just check out the CLPNBC and ICES websites for the exact amounts.

    right now i am waiting for the results of my assessment.
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    Quite ironically I worked with a nurse in BC who was from the Phillipines originally and she told me that she had tried to get her LPN license in BC instead of an RN because she worried her skills were not up to par. However, she said the College of LPN's in BC held so many roadblocks for her that she decided to get her RN instead. That was a few years ago so things may have changed as far as getting your RN license but that is just one example of when things may not be as you would expect. Good luck to you in deciding how to proceed.
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    Quote from RNGrad2006
    Quite ironically I worked with a nurse in BC who was from the Phillipines originally and she told me that she had tried to get her LPN license in BC instead of an RN because she worried her skills were not up to par. However, she said the College of LPN's in BC held so many roadblocks for her that she decided to get her RN instead. That was a few years ago so things may have changed as far as getting your RN license but that is just one example of when things may not be as you would expect. Good luck to you in deciding how to proceed.
    thanks, i appreciate your input. i'm striving to maintain realistic expectations about this path and am trying to learn as much as i can about it, since the money, time and effort involved is no joke. did your filipino colleague mention what drawbacks she encountered specifically? would like to know so that i can assess if they also apply to me and to determine early on if anything can be done about it. thanks in advance.
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    Quote from LucyNtheSkyW/Diamnds
    thanks, i appreciate your input. i'm striving to maintain realistic expectations about this path and am trying to learn as much as i can about it, since the money, time and effort involved is no joke. did your filipino colleague mention what drawbacks she encountered specifically? would like to know so that i can assess if they also apply to me and to determine early on if anything can be done about it. thanks in advance.
    The nurse I worked with talked about not meeting the qualifications as an LPN but not experienced when she applied to the College of RN's of BC but then I guess that can be expected since she was an RN and not an LPN. You are right, compared to the US the fees associated with the whole process are pretty hefty. Just the exam alone is twice or more that of the NCLEX. And registration fees for one year are probably more than the licensure fees equivalent of 4-5 years in the US. Most US nurses have no idea how lucky they are.
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    Quote from RNGrad2006
    The nurse I worked with talked about not meeting the qualifications as an LPN but not experienced when she applied to the College of RN's of BC but then I guess that can be expected since she was an RN and not an LPN. You are right, compared to the US the fees associated with the whole process are pretty hefty. Just the exam alone is twice or more that of the NCLEX. And registration fees for one year are probably more than the licensure fees equivalent of 4-5 years in the US. Most US nurses have no idea how lucky they are.
    I see. Thank you for sharing that. Yes I am recently discovering that fees for registration in Canada are so much higher than what I paid for the NCLEX. I also took CGFNS and that cost quite a lot, too. I submitted an application to Ontario for RN registration and they assessed my credentials to be inadequate that's why I'm applying for LPN now, which meant another set of fees, and so on and so forth. As you can imagine, a nurse like myself really has to shell out big money in search of that chance to finally begin practicing. I know there are many others like myself out there and most of us cannot afford to go on any more hit and miss ventures across multiple Canadian provinces (and multiple countries for that matter) in order to find out where we can finally be qualified. But this is an unfortunate reality that we had no idea we had to face upon graduation, and right now we just have to deal with it and remind ourselves that persistence can go a long way (and in spite of funds almost running on empty). Sorry to be venting out frustration here....couldn't help it, it's just getting more and more difficult. Goodluck to all of us.....

    Thanks for the input, by the way
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    hello lucy! how was your credential evaluation in ICES? Do you have the result now? Do you have relatives in BC where you can stay if you already have your temporary working permit?

    I will start my processing next week for ICES. Is that the first step or I have to apply first in CLPNBC? thanks! keep us posted..:heartbeat
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    Quote from ♥sassyRN♥
    hello lucy! how was your credential evaluation in ICES? Do you have the result now? Do you have relatives in BC where you can stay if you already have your temporary working permit?

    I will start my processing next week for ICES. Is that the first step or I have to apply first in CLPNBC? thanks! keep us posted..:heartbeat

    hi sassyRN,

    the ICES evaluation takes some time -- 7 weeks at least. haven't heard from them yet although i already submitted my application and payment to CLPNBC and i already requested my school and PRC to send copies of my transcript and license verification to CLPNBC.

    unfortunately i don't have any relatives in BC but my boyfriend lives in Canada and is thinking of moving to BC once i get eveything in order and is successful in finally relocating there (hopefully!).
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    oh i see.. Goodluck then! Did you apply first in CLPNBC before ICES? or its the other way around. Once you made eligible by CLPNBC can you fly to Canada immediately? Who will provide you with your visa and temporary work permit? Thanks so much! I really have to know what will happen once i started my application.


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