canadian RPN working in USA as LPN?

  1. Hello all,

    I was just wondering if anyone might have any information about how a Canadian (me) could find work in the US. Up here in Canada, I am a Registered Practical Nurse. (LPN in USA) I specialize in a Medium Secure Forensic setting in a Government Psychiatric Hospital.

    Is the RPN license recognized on par in the US?
    Any idea?

    Joel
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  3. by   Talia_vde
    Quote from oceanrider
    Hello all,

    I was just wondering if anyone might have any information about how a Canadian (me) could find work in the US. Up here in Canada, I am a Registered Practical Nurse. (LPN in USA) I specialize in a Medium Secure Forensic setting in a Government Psychiatric Hospital.

    Is the RPN license recognized on par in the US?
    Any idea?

    Joel
    Hello Joel,

    I am a fairly new RPN, and I searched out the same question. You'll hear yes and no from a variety of people and places. The true answer is no. RPN's aren't recognized under the NAFTA visa, only RN's. You could apply for a green card but your name would go to the bottom of the pile and it could take up to 3 years. I was so upset when I graduated because I couldnt find a job. Right now I have a casual position in Ontario where I live and I commute to the USA every day to a bridging program. I should have my RN in 1 year. As soon as I get it, I'll go to the USA. I've seen sign on and relocation bonuses for up to 10, 000. Good luck finding that in Ontario!!!
  4. by   oceanrider
    thanks kindly for the info.....what a drag

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