Published Aug 8, 2008
Does Canada accept newly graduate foreign nurses/no work experience nurses?
Not as readily as we once did. Many provinces are now requiring experience, paid work experience. They aren't interested in reinventing the wheel, so to speak, and when they hire internationally educated nurses, they want them to be ready to work side by side with Canadian trained nurses with only a short introduction to Canadian health care.
I'm moving this thread to the International forum since it deals with nurses from other countries who wish to work in Canada and not to Canadian nurses already working in Canada and their concerns. The pink banner at the top of the Canadian Nurses forum home page and the sticky for internationally educated nurses give the rationale for this.
Canada also requires the local license before they will even consider anyone for licensure in any of their provinces.
Even if Canada would accept you, would you proceed working there as a nurse with zero experience? If i were you, i would DEFINITELY not leave without experience. You see, when you go there you carry the name of the reputation of our country, and lately it's not good. Also, it would be very embarrassing not to perform basic tasks simply because you don't have experience.
I agree with you. It's like going to the battlefield without even know how to use a gun. It will really be embarrassing not performing a simple task in front of your foreign colleagues just because you haven't experienced doing that in your own country...
Ginger's Mom, MSN, RN
Suzanne has posted many ideas how one can get experience.
If your home country doesn't have home care, that would be one target market. Parish nursing is another. Hospice is another idea that has it's roots in volunteer nursing. Becoming a health educator is another way
Go to a senior center and do a BP clinic.....just some ideas.
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