the thing with working in alberta is that you start as a LPN, then you move on to be a graduate nurse (GN) once you're assessed by CARNA and found to be eligible to take the CRNE. However, CARNA also has SEC (Substantially Equivalent Competence). Once yoiu submit your application for review, you might be required to undergo SEC which tests your clinical skills, they have 3 areas of assessment: medical-surgical, psychiatric and pediatric. You might be required to undergo 1, 2 or all 3 areas which would be a 2-3 days examination. Once you pass SEC, you can then take teh CRNE...lots of studying is needed..when you pass CRNE that's when you are officially a registered nurse..
compare all this to applying in saskatchewan..same application requirements but you don't have to undergo SEC anymore, just the CRNE..
they have lots of applicants, their first batch were interviewed nov 2007, 300 i think, they were able to first deploy them in march 2008m but some are still stuck here. Then they just had this hiring last july, another 600..i just wonder when they can be deployed considering that they haven't deployed all the applicants of the first batch yet..
this might be good if you plan to stay in Canada, but if you plan to go somewhere else afterwards, some employers don't count LPN experience as RN experience..