Canadian RPN work in Florida?

  1. Hey everyone!

    I'm in my second year of the RPN program in Ontario, Canada and I'm looking to permanently work in Florida. Someone told me that recruiters will come up from states like Florida and Texas to "grab" lots of Canadian nurses, and that there are a lot of benefits in doing so. I have also heard that it takes months or years to find a job down South. I've had so many different answers and responses and was hoping someone could answer a few questions

    1) What is the American equivalent of an RPN?
    2) What is the process of applying and/or being recruited internationally?
    3) If I want to upgraded to RN while living and working in Florida, do I apply/pay for school as an International Student still?

    Thank you so much!
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    Joined: Jul '12; Posts: 2
    Student RPN; from CA


  3. by   Silverdragon102
    LPN (US RNP) will not meet work or immigrant requirements and seeing lots of nurses in all states struggling to find work so not seeing many nurses from outside the US getting jobs at the moment. As a Canadian you once you have BSN can use the NAFTA but finding employer willing to wait the 6 plus years for a immigrant visa is hard although with NAFTA you can stay and work whilst waiting

    Moving this to the Immigration forum
  4. by   itsmejuli
    Last March I relocated from the Tampa Bay area of Florida to Alberta.

    Finding a job as an LPN in Florida is difficult and the pay and benefits suck.

    I am Canadian and had lived in Florida as a PR for close to 17 years. The grass might be green year round in FL but life there is not easy.
  5. by   Mcsteli
    Where did you work in Florida? City/hospital/department?
  6. by   gypsynurse
    Very true ! people are often mistaken, with missinfomation passed on from one excited student to another,.... or collegues... but , NO. RPNs in Canada do not have reciprocity in the U.S. . There are Canadian RPNs, and LPNs... but they are equivilent across provinces in Canada only. ( and just means, Registered, or Licensed.)
    In US we are LPNs, and LVNs... I think, I know of the LPN..... same, its Licensed. and LVN is Licensed Vocational Nurse... I believe.
  7. by   eleectrosaurus
    Quote from Silverdragon102
    ...As a Canadian you once you have BSN can use the NAFTA...
    You scared me for a second, I double checked the nafta site and I am pretty sure you can get in on an Associates.

    "Registered Nurse State/provincial license; or Licenciatura Degree"

    North American Free Trade Agreement