I am a UK Staff nurse currently working within an emergency department in the UK with a view to move to Canada within the next year or so, I have sent all my applications away and am currently waiting to see if I need to complete the SEC assessment before applying for my exams. I hope to be working in Alberta looking at Edmonton and Calgary at the moment and am hoping to stay within emergency medicine.
Here in the UK as a staff nurse within the emergency department we carry out standard nursing roles such as assessment, medications, IV therapy and so on. Also as part of my role in the UK we take on extended roles such as taking of bloods, insertion of Intravenous access lines, Male catherisation, Taking of ABG's from A Lines and Radial artery. We can also work up to insertion of ET tubes, running of crash calls as advanced life support graduates ( I believe its ACLS in Canada) and so on.
My question is within emergency departments in Alberta do nurses carry out these roles and if not are they able to learn them within their role.
Thanks in advance
Nov 27, '12
Canadian governing bodies for nurses are COLLEGES.
If nursesmarty is an American citizen they probably qualify for a NAFTA visa. If they aren't an American national that's a whole other kettle of fish. We see a lot of IENs posting that they are US RNs but in reality they have never worked in the US or hold US immigrant papers.
The point nobody has really made is there is no active offshore recruiting drives for nurses right now (unless they are extremely specialized).
Un and underemployment of existing nurses is rampant across the country.
AHS has promised to hire most of the next couple of years graduating classes for RNs and LPNs. They are also looking at increasing the part time nurses position sizes for those who want an increase in an attempt to eliminate the reliance on the casual staff.
Ontario is having huge problems with nurses not finding work. BC isn't much better. Northern/outpost nursing isn't for newcomers.
It's a terrible job market right now, with no real easing up for the next couple of years. Provincial governments are tightening the purse strings and wanting that healthcare dollar squeezed until it squeaks.
Last edit by Fiona59 on Nov 27, '12