I have a very odd circumstance that I need advice on...
12 years ago we moved from Calgary to TX and after going from job to job that I didn't like (and being laid off) I decided that I would fulfill my life-long dream to become a nurse.
Here the community college offers a 2 year degree (Associate Degree in Nursing) which I believe is the same as a Diploma nurse in Canada. The program is very competative, and I worked HARD to get a 4.0 on my pre and co-requisite classes so I could get in in 2 semesters. I actually did so well that I was not only accepted into the Traditional Track nursing, but the new Fastrak nursing program as well (4 consecitive semesters = 16 months). I decided to do the Fastrak because of other circumstances that happened in December:
After bugging my husband to move back to Canada, it finally happened! HE is now working up there, and I decided that since I put 2 years into this already- that I would stay here to finish it.
NOW I find out that soon Alberta will be only registering new BN and not 2 year nurses (I graduate here in Dec 2005).
What the heck am I going to do? I was planning on getting my Post RN-BN degree once I moved back, but I was going to take the NCLEX (RN exam) here and the Canadian RN exam there and work as an RN there until I finished my BN at Athabasca University (or where ever). Now it seems that if this licensing change happens in Alberta (and I would think that there was a pretty good chance that it will), I will fall through the cracks after so many years of hard studying. I will be an RN in the US, but nothing in Canada?? I do not have the option of transferring to a BSN at the University of TX because there are many more pre-requisites that they require- and I have not time now.
I e-mailed the AARN in Alberta the other day, but I have not heard back.
I am so upset that there are so many hurdles being thrown in my way through this whole process (there were several other things that happened here that almost made me quit).
I also can not understand that Grant MacEwan college is still offering the diploma program (if you don't want to transfer to the U of A, you can take a couple of extra semesters and just get a diploma). 2005 is next year and they are still offering the 2 year diploma....
Any advise anyone can offer is much appreciated... I though that I would maybe check into taking the Canadian Boards in another province and transferring into Alberta as an RN... does anyone know how this works right now?
Thanks for listening to me vent!
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Jul 19, '04
It really depends on the province on that one. I was told both BC and Ontario will not recognize new grad nurses from the US without a BSN (they do recognize those who graduated before the requirement was instituted for nurses in the province). Combine that with the extra costs of studying in the US and I don't think it will be an option for too many. I'm glad it has all worked out for you
Last edit by fergus51 on Jul 19, '04