Practical Nursing in Canada for 2 years - page 2

by kamae

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Hi, I am a registered nurse in the Philippines with no work experience. I enrolled at a 2-year practical nursing program at Centennial College in Toronto Canada. I already have a student visa and will be leaving this November... Read More


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    Quote from agldragonrn
    please make sure you will be able to obtain a working visa once you finished the lpn schooling in canada. i kinda understand that you are after the visa but be 100% certain that you will be able to do this if you go in this path. you don't want to spend all the money and time and find out in the end that you won't even be able to obtain a working visa.

    just to give you an example, there are many lpn schools in the philippines promising students they will be able to go to the united states and work as an lpn. so the students finished school and successfully passed the nclex-pn then find out they cannot use the lpn title to get petitioned by the employer. only bsn nurses are accepted for employer based visa. so these students wasted time and money and for nothing.

    i wish you luck and i hope everything works out for you.

    thanks for that. you see, international students who graduate from a course that is more than 8 months in length in canada (centennial is included in the list of schools) is eligible for a post-graduate working permit. this permit's validity will be as long as the duration of the course. so since mine is 2 years, the permit's validity will also be 2 years in length. it does not require an offer of work from any institution, just for the student to have graduated from a full-time course. my plan is after my studies, i'll apply for that permit and hopefully during the 2 years duration of the post-grad permit, i could pass the lpn exam, register at cno and find me a job as lpn.

    lpn is part of the jobs that can be granted a canadian experience class immigrant visa. an international student who then works for at least a year with a job qualified in the noc is eligible to apply for an immigrant visa under that class. hopefully if everything works out, i"ll be able to get that.
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    Sounds like a good plan. Hope it works out for you. Best wishes.
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    Quote from kamae
    thanks for that. you see, international students who graduate from a course that is more than 8 months in length in canada (centennial is included in the list of schools) is eligible for a post-graduate working permit. this permit's validity will be as long as the duration of the course. so since mine is 2 years, the permit's validity will also be 2 years in length. it does not require an offer of work from any institution, just for the student to have graduated from a full-time course. my plan is after my studies, i'll apply for that permit and hopefully during the 2 years duration of the post-grad permit, i could pass the lpn exam, register at cno and find me a job as lpn.

    lpn is part of the jobs that can be granted a canadian experience class immigrant visa. an international student who then works for at least a year with a job qualified in the noc is eligible to apply for an immigrant visa under that class. hopefully if everything works out, i"ll be able to get that.
    good to know. my cousin in the philippines cannot find an rn job there and there is a retrogression here now in the u.s. so she's stuck.

    your option is good if you have the money and time.
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    Good day,
    Hello! I`m a Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate from the Philippines. Unluckily I didn`t passed my board exam in the Philippines. I`m now here in Nova Scotia, Canada with my credentials (Nursing Diploma and Transcript of Records) with me. I`m a landed immigrant by the way after my father get a chance to get me. Can I have a chance to be an LPN here if ever. Would you recommend what should I do? Hope you can help! Thanks a lot and More Power to all on the health Care Field.
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    Quote from RN_Canada
    If you have graduated as a nurse in the Philippines you should not have to go to school again.

    You should be able to apply for registration as a PN through the College of Nurses on Ontario.

    They will asses your eligibility to take the exam (CPNRE).
    I am not sure why the work experience is an issue?
    Everybody starts somewhere even Canadian graduates.
    hi there, im about to take my crne next february 2013, do you know where i can find an employer to help me in TWP processing, while waiting to sit my crne exam?thanks
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    hello! i`m a bachelor of science in nursing graduate from the philippines. unluckily i didn`t passed my board exam in the philippines. i`m now here in nova scotia, canada with my credentials (nursing diploma and transcript of records) with me. i`m a landed immigrant by the way after my father get a chance to get me. can i have a chance to be an lpn here if ever. would you recommend what should i do? hope you can help! thanks a lot and more power to all on the health care field.
    to my knowledge all provincial regulatory nursing organizations require that you be a registered nurse in your country of origin in order to apply for registration here in canada.

    if you are not already registered in the philippines then you are not eligible to apply for a registered nursing license here in canada.

    some provinces allow you to apply for a license as a practical nurse with "equivalent" education so this might be something to explore with the regulatory body for practical nurses in nova scotia (i think they might be called rna's there - not sure).

    they assess your education and make a determination if you meed the required standards and competencies and then give permission to write the cpnre

    do you know where i can find an employer to help me in twp processing, while waiting to sit my crne exam?
    you need to go the website for employment in the health region. they will often have a section for international applicants.

    other than that you follow the same process for employment as anyone else. if the employer wants to hire you they make an offer of employment and they can sponsor you if that is necessary for the temporary work permit. their human resources department will have the information they need to expedite that.
    Last edit by RN_Canada on Jun 30, '12 : Reason: spelling
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    Quote from cvt4canada
    hi there, im about to take my crne next february 2013, do you know where i can find an employer to help me in TWP processing, while waiting to sit my crne exam?thanks
    the short answer to that is "No". At this time there is virtually no offshore recruitment efforts being made by any province. There are many Canadian-born and Canadian-educated nurses who are unemployed so there is no need to go outside the country for hiring.

    Quote from RN_Canada
    To my knowledge all provincial regulatory nursing organizations require that you be a registered nurse in your country of origin in order to apply for registration here in Canada.

    If you are not already registered in the Philippines then you are not eligible to apply for a registered nursing license here in Canada.
    This is absolutely true. If you are not registered in the country where you obtained your nursing education you cannot be registered anywhere in Canada. The same actually applies to Canadian graduate nurses - they must be registered in the province where they went to school before they can register in any other province.

    Quote from RN_Canada
    Some provinces allow you to apply for a license as a practical nurse with "equivalent" education so this might be something to explore with the regulatory body for Practical nurses in Nova Scotia (I think they might be called RNA's there - not sure).

    They assess your education and make a determination if you meed the required standards and competencies and then give permission to write the CPNRE
    The only province that calls practical nurses PRNs is Ontario. Everywhere else they're LPNs. But being registered or licensed as a practical nurse should NOT be viewed as a consolation prize for internationally educated RNs who don't meet the criteria for registration as RNs. That's insulting to people who were educated as LPNs here because they WANT to be LPNs.

    Quote from RN_Canada
    You need to go the website for employment in the health region. They will often have a section for international applicants.

    Other than that you follow the same process for employment as anyone else. If the employer wants to hire you they make an offer of employment and they can sponsor you if that is necessary for the temporary work permit. Their human resources department will have the information they need to expedite that.
    Just because a website has a section for international applicants does not mean they're entertaining applications from other countries at any given time. When money is tight in a health region it's not going to be spent on sponsoring immigration. Just saying.
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