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    No to both those questions. I live in BC so it may be different in other provinces. Plus in BC we don’t get reimbursed or qualify for bursaries or fundings to take the exams. To be an educator all it matters is your experience in the related field and seniority in some cases. I have seen some nurses become a critical care nurse and work in various areas for a few years and try charge nurse positions, educator positions and then eventually go into management. In the US you would get extra pay for those type of certifications.
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    Getting to NP

    just Canada and the US.....
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    Getting to NP

    I don't think the NP exam is the same. The NCLEX is accepted in both countries. I highly suggest you study where you want to work. US and Canada have very different healthcare systems, and the job opportunities will be better if you do clinicals where you want to work.
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    Moving from USA with family. Where for good work and life

    Not much skiing in Ontario... in Alberta skiing is mostly in the Rockies. If you prioritize skiing there are not too many options because the land East of the Rockie Mountains are mostly flat. Look into rural British Columbia. If you prioritize French Immersion then Ontario would be your best bet. There will also be more NP jobs there.
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    What is home care nursing like in BC?

    Canada will be different than the US if you are applying to public government funded home care vs private home care. As a casual your assignment will be based on how many shifts you pick up and how many in a row. Even at the hospitals I have been assigned different patients every shift in a row that I worked in. It just depends on where you work and the work demands of the place. People who work full time prefer to have same patients and that may play a factor in your assignment for that day. I don't know about documentations.
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    Diploma nursing and relocation??

    if the writer did her nursing in Canada and somehow get her license reinstated I think she can still work. It depends but you don’t need a BSN to practice in many provinces (depending on the year you were educated and foreign-educated nurses)
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    I worked in LTC for 3 years and got a job at the hospital (not acute care right away but it was a hospital job nonetheless). It really depends on the effort you put into your LTC job. LTCs have high turnover and many managers know they can't keep young nurses or new grads for so long. If it has been at least a year and you have not had problems at work, there shouldn't be much of an issue. Just try asking for a reference and also mention that you will pick up shifts there as a casual. I gave my LTC job a 5-week notice because I heard that the LTC had a hard time finding someone to take my place and I thought it was the right thing to do. Good luck on the interview!
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    Landing a RN position with Alberta Health Services

    I would say stay in Saskatchewan. I have nurse friends in Alberta and things are not looking good there in terms of nursing jobs. A lot of Albertan new grads have been going to BC as well. Only move if you have a job offer.
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    Becoming a dentist via nursing as an international student

    Go to the US. Their dental schools have a higher rate of acceptance for International students, and who knows, your credentials might be evaluated a bit easier. Dental hygenist is also an option.. but if you want to be a dentist in Canada, then do whatever you can go to back to dental school. Nursing is not a stepping stone to medicine, dentistry or pharmacy. If you don't have a PR, do whatever it takes to get a PR in the fastest, most cost efficient way, which is attending a 2 year college program to get a job easier rather than doing a regular science degree
  10. Do you mean Vancouver, Washington? Care aids are not called CNA's in Canada, (it's a US term). I think they may have moved your post to the Canadian nursing forum by mistake. If you do live in Canada, as you work you will be working with many different nurses and will be able to see if studying nursing is the right option for you.
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    Nursing in Canada

    It's Canadian probably. For current currency rates, just subtract around 10 dollars or more to convert it to USD (or use Google)
  12. All hospitals that offer refresher course practicums are in Fraser Health. You will have to do your supervised practice at Fraser Health. Not sure about ICU but I know CCU takes students
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    Canadian lab values vs. US lab values?

    I recommend that you look at Canadian med surg books or google the Canadian Diabetes Association for exact blood sugar values. I learned the differences when I first started working (I didn't even know there was a difference until my orientation). Basic electrolytes are the same. Some CBC labs have different units as well (hemoglobin and WBC) For our hospital, hypoglycemia as per protocol is for blood sugar under 4 mmol/L. Tip is you have to divide the American BG value by 18 to get the Canadian value. (18mg/dL = 1 mmol/L )
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    BCCNP Language Requirements?

    Call and ask BCCNP.. I don't think it will be a requirement for you because you went to school in Canada for almost your entire gr 1-12 education, and obviously you met all the requirements (including English grades) to get into a nursing program in Canada.
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    Heading North - Looking for advice!

    Hello. Reading your post got me interested in rural community health nursing. Did you have prior public or community health experience before working in the Yukon? I have acute medicine and geriatric experience and I know public health deals a lot with expectant mothers and children.. did you get any additional education in the Yukon through your work?
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    Moving from ON to BC

    You can use Healthmatch BC (website) if you want to get a better picture of job opportunities outside of Vancouver as well. Search each health authority websites and you can pretty much see all job opportunities across the province. I would apply first and see if you can get an offer before moving.

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