I'm having a dilemma, and I'm wondering if anyone can help me or share their experience.
I live in Windsor, Ontario, and I recently graduated from a registered nurse program at Henry Ford CC in Michigan. I obtained an Associate in Applied Science-Nursing degree. I'm planning to take my NCLEX-RN in a month to become licensed in Michigan. I'm also planning to complete my BSN (RN to BSN program) at Eastern Michigan University within the next 2 years.
I would like to move to the Toronto area after I have completed my BSN. I contacted the College of Nurses of Ontario about the application process. I was informed that even though I will have obtained a BSN, the college will still have to evaluate whether my education is enough, and I might be required to take more courses to meet their standards. I was also informed that this application process could take up to 2 years before I can be approved to take the Canadian boards.
I feel pretty hopeless now after receiving this news. It seems that it's not a guarantee that I will be able to work in Ontario after getting my BSN.
Has anyone else experienced this also? Are there any US educated nurses who were approved to practice in Ontario? Was your education sufficient to meet the requirements of the College of Nurses of Ontario? If my education is not sufficient, where do I go from there?