International Nurses Help Close Health Care Gap in Canada's Rural Areas
updated 7/30/2012 9:00:00 AM ET
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA*-- Experienced international nurses looking to find work in Canada may have better luck in remote areas. Registered nurse staffing specialists say finding qualified nurses to work in the country's small towns is an increasing challenge as baby boomers, who currently dominate the nurse workforce, near retirement.
"The most open opportunities for immigrant and international nurses are in the most rural parts of Canada," said Melane Mullings, senior recruitment specialist with pRN Staffing Solutions, a Canadian-based RN recruitment firm. "Internationally-educated nurses who take a course and pass their Canadian Registered Nurse Exam are likely to land a job in their field if they are willing to relocate to remote areas."
Despite the national nurse shortage, recent regulatory changes have made it more difficult for experienced internationally-educated nurses to get their certifications in Canada. According to a Canadian Nurses Association study, Canada is short nearly 78,000 certified nurses. The study also predicts, by 2016, Canada will be short more than 116,000 RNs if they don't find a way to fill the demand.
The areas that have nursing jobs are not rural but remote. Many are north of 60, and just not suitable for fresh or inexperienced nurses. It"s a totally different culture up there.
Read some of the posts from people who have done it. Accessible only when the ice roads are built, otherwise fly in/fly out communities.
IENs need to consider non metropolitan areas. Forget about Toronto and Vancouver. Think Thunder Bay, Prince George, Saskatoon, etc.
But as there are multiple Canadian new grads looking for their first jobs and healthcare funding is being slashed, as other have said take what is said with a very large dose of reality behind you.
Not every job posted will be filled. There are reasons jobs go unfillled, isolation. Poor management, no funding, unwelcoming communities
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