AU new grad looking to nurse in CA

  1. Hi all!

    I'm graduating from my RN degree in Australia at the end of this year and am desperate to move to Canada (and ideally work as a nurse). I've done plenty of research but the biggest struggle I'm having is job availability. Every where I look says the job market for nurses in CA is not good and that even experienced internationally educated nurses are struggling to find work.

    I'm wanting a little more information on what provinces are in most demand of nurses?
    Is there anything I can do to improve my chances of employability?
    Is it worth me moving and attempting to get work as an internationally educated new grad or would it be recommended that I stay and gain a little more experience?

    Any advice is appreciated!

    Thank you!
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    Joined: Feb '18; Posts: 2
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  3. by   Silverdragon102
    The process is long for Canada so I would take the time until you graduate to decide what you want out of your move to Canada and then decide on a province. Gaining experience whilst waiting would make you more appealing but provinces like Ontario and Alberta may not be as easy to find jobs than the Maritime provinces. Also what route are you looking at?
  4. by   _Saorsa
    Thank you for responding!

    Ideally I am looking to move to a province (and hopefully city) within reasonable travelling distance of Montreal. My partner is currently undertaking studies there, however I do not speak French so moving to the province itself is out. Despite this I am looking into any province where I stand a reasonable chance of gaining work as there is obviously no use in me moving if I cannot support myself.

    Are there any additional certifications/courses you can think of that I might be able to undertake to increase my employability? Such as life support or pathology courses that are appealing or in high demand?

    Sorry but can you please clarify what you mean by route? As in my visa/residency application? Nursing pathway?
  5. by   Silverdragon102
    Route for immigration. In regards jobs I think best thing is check out Career beacon and indeed for jobs but most if not all will expect to see you meet provincial college requirements and can sit exam or passed exam.
  6. by   suraiya2018
    I m Internationally educated Nurse (from Australia) , I passed the IENCAP exam recently and finally eligible for take NCLEX-RN exam but my evidence of Practice will be expire on next month 10-03-2018.
    My question is how long I have to do that additional education training program with CNO ? is it like the Bridging course? I did IENCAP exam , because I don't want to do Bridging course for GAP, But now Im confusing about that additional education program, do you have any Idea ? @Silverdragon102
    Last edit by suraiya2018 on Feb 8
  7. by   suraiya2018
    HI ! believe me , CNO assessment takes a long time , my suggestion is start you application as soon as you graduate from school and maybe find job in Australia before your Assessment result is comes up . do not rush to move here before you get the RN licence from CNO.
  8. by   RikkiLynn
    Hello from Montreal!, not speaking french should not stop you from working here, you can always learn!. I have someone in my program from Australia, who didn't speak a lick, but after 3 years can now get by quite effectively. There are quite a few English hospitals in Montreal and you can always take french courses which would get you out of having to do the the exam. Problem with Canada is that its so bloody big, so if you want to be anywhere near driving distance to Montreal you'll need to live in Quebec. The only other option is perhaps alexandria or belleville in ontario, but not many major hospitals in the area,