American RN moving to British Columbia

  1. Hello,

    I am a bit confused and was hoping that there are some Canadian RN's out there who could clear some things up for me.

    I have an Associate Degree in Nursing , obtained in the U.S. and have worked as an RN for 8 years, including ICU experience.

    I started the licensing process with CRNBC back in 2008. They reviewed my application and approved it, allowing me to sit for the CRNE. I took the CRNE in October 2009 and successfully passed it.

    Meanwhile I have been waiting for my permanent residency for Canada to be approved.

    My PR was approved a few months ago and now I am preparing to move to BC. However, I recently went to CRNBC's web site and saw that they require a baccalaureate degree in nursing ( 4 year degree) in order to be registered in BC. This wasn't the case back in 2008. When did this change?

    I am so upset that I did all this work and now won't be able to work in BC? Why would CRNBC approve my application and let me take the CRNE if I am not elgible to be registered to work in BC?

    Any input or suggestions would be very appreciated.

    Thank you!
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  3. by   loriangel14
    I would check with the CRNBC. I would assume that since you have already passed the CRNE you will be fine.BSN is now the minimum requirement for RN licensure in all of Canada now but if you are already licensed you won't have to meet the requirement. Good luck and try not to worry, you will probably be fine.