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  1. in BC, any inpatient or unit-based 24 hour run place requires you to work both nights and days in a single week rotation. This also includes part time workers (I work part time so I get a mix and sometimes I only work night shifts in one rotation). For shift differentials, you can find it on the collective agreement but we don't really get that much differentials either. The maximum we can earn is during Saturday-Sunday night shift from midnight when we can get about 6.5 dollars an hour. (weekend + night combined.) For some places where you have 8 hour shifts, you need to rotate between two 8 hour shifts (days/nights, days/evenings etc..)
  2. No incentive here. You do get a rural northern allowance if you go up north but not where you will be going... We don't get paid a whole lot to stay or what not.. but overtime for full time staff starts at double time. For casuals, rules for OT are quite strict and different than regular staff (has to be five 12 hour shifts in a row etc... ) so I did pick up more than full time hours but never got it paid as OT as a casual due to the strict rules. (read the collective agreement for more info). Canadian nurses in BC (full timers) do work a lot more than nurses in the state or other province. General full time schedule is 2 days-2nights and 4 days off (days off start from the end of your night shift), rinse and repeat with some variation of 1 day-3nights or 3 days-1 nights. It might be easy for you to adjust because you work 4-12's anyway. It is however, quite hard to get days off without swapping with somebody. (since vacations all have to be pre-picked for the entire next year before that year.. ex Oct-Nov 2018 is when we choose all our vacation for entire year of 2019) My husband is American and I immigrated to Canada before we got married. He likes living in Canada and we are planning on moving more rural which is why he has to change his license but he is not prepared to work so many hours up here haha. Regarding your experience, if you get hired in acute care or a similar field your experience will get accepted and your wage will be higher than a new grad for sure. However, your seniority will start from 0 hours. As a casual you will have to pick up quite a few random shifts on short notice to rack up seniority hours. After about 1000 hours or less, you can pick up rotations, blocks, vacation coverages and etc and have a comfortable schedule.
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    F-1 International student. Need Advice!

    What do you mean by assessment? Is it an assessment about my degree? academic status? Work eligibility? Also, do other health care facilities (Nursing homes, assisted living) hire foreign nurses? Thank you everyone for providing good information. @ Jenn8500 yes that does sound like a long time, but after hearing that it takes 6-8 years to get a greencard, even a year or two doesn't seem that long to me anymore. I am looking for every single option available, and I don't mind waiting. Do you need to apply after graduating with a BSN degree to apply for CRNE, or can I apply a bit earlier than that?
  4. companisbiki

    F-1 International student. Need Advice!

    Unfortunately, I am from South Korea so I am not eligible for a TN visa. I am looking for off campus work to use as CPT. I have just a year left to graduate, and since the maximum time that I can use CPT is about just a year before time is deducted from OPT (and I have never done any off-campus work), I can still do a year of CPT without having any time deducted from OPT. It's just really hard to find jobs though as an International student in general. Even my school hospital said I cannot get a job at all as an RN here, because they had this big meeting about not hiring students like me. For Canada, I saw your comment on the "I moved to Canada" thread. if I get a BSN at the US, doesn't that make me eligible to apply for the CRNE right away after I graduate ?? Or are there extra requirements? I was thinking that I could take the NCLEX, apply for CRNE at the same time. Then as I am doing OPT I can look for jobs in Canada.. Is Canada as similar as the US as in terms of getting a job??? I heard that they stopped hiring foreign nurses for this year.
  5. Hello. I am an International student with F-1 visa. I am in the BSN program at Washington State. I have a year left to graduate and take the NCLEX exam. Economy here is not looking so good and I need some advice. Hospitals around the area said that they will not hire people who do not have a TN visa or a green card. The nurse recruiter said it's because of green card backlogging and that it takes at least 6-8 years for people to get green card through employment, and hospitals have gotten tired of sponsoring people to wait that long. Right now I am looking for CNA jobs at nursing homes and other hospitals, but it is very competitive. I am not sure why but it seems that my university hospital will not sponsor anyone let alone allow International students to work for OPT after graduation. My international student office and the hospitals are in disagreement. The International student office says I can work with CPT and OPT at hospitals, and my school hospital say I cannot, so I am very confused. I know a BSN RN alone will not be enough to apply for H1B visa, since people with specialty in Nurses apply and there's a limit on number of applicants. It is hard to get jobs. People don't want to hire me because of my status. Is staying in the US a right choice? Is Canada better in terms of getting a job as an RN? I am pretty much willing to work anywhere, including any region in Canada. I am considering going to Australia or New Zealand to find jobs also, if all else fails. I would greatly appreciate any tips in working at the US or Canada. Thank you, companisbiki
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    I moved to Canada as a nurse!!!!!

    Can I have the contact information for the agency you contacted at Nova Scotia? My email is companisbiki@gmail.com It's nice to know someone who has actually succeeded in finding a job in times like this. Things in the US are going downhill, and with the new Immigration Reform, I am not sure how harder it will become for foreign nurses to stay in the US. I got rejected for jobs at a local hospital here after they found out I had an F-1 visa. After hearing that, my dreams to stay in the US was a bit crushed... but I am not giving up yet. This is a stressful time for all of us. It makes me feel better to see you succeed at your new home.