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  1. dayandnight

    RN from the US moves to Canada

    If you did your entire BSN in the states then you wouldn't have much of a problem. Probably you won't need to take any foreign nurse assessment tests and can transfer your license quickly with the NCLEX results.
  2. dayandnight

    RN from the US moves to Canada

    It doesn’t matter. I didn’t have a green card in the USA, and I didn’t have a permanent residency in Canada at that time (I’m Korean) and I had 2 licenses no problem. like I mentioned in my first comment for this post, your USA license doesn’t matter for obtaining a Canadian license. Only your education matters. If you got educated in USA for nursing your process will be smoother. If you did your nursing in Korea, it will take a long time and will be a hard journey for sure
  3. dayandnight

    RN from the US moves to Canada

    You can. I have WA state license and BC license. I pay about 750 dollars per year to keep both licenses... Canadian nursing license is expensive compared to the US
  4. dayandnight

    RN from the US moves to Canada

    You can get sponsored if you have a few years of Work experience. It doesn’t have anything to do with your status in Canada unless you are a Canadian citizen. Same thing for your NNAS/license transfering, it will take you a long time to transfer your license because they only take account of your education background in Korea. If you did your nursing education in the US, it will be much easier to get a Canadian license. Many Korean nurses end up taking refresher programs in Canada. I’m Korean too and many of my peers spend average of 3 and up to 5 years getting their Canadian RN license. This is including the refresher program If you worked in the USA, working in Canada is very different and you get paid less so it’s something you will have to get used to. I have many Korean nurses who moved to to the USA after immigrating in Canada because the pay is better, the license transferring is easier, and getting agency sponsors/work permit for USA is really easy at this time p.s. I went to nursing school in USA and immigrated to Canada when immigration situation wasn’t so good in the states years ago
  5. dayandnight

    Improving immigration status

    With Express Entry (federal route of immigration) your age will make it nearly impossible to immigrate. Look into other options (provincial nominee program). I know BC hires a lot of nurses.. we are horribly short and Fraser Health does do career panels and promotions in the USA. There is a hiring website targeted for non-BC residents so you can look into that but any region in BC are all looking for nurses. We have lots of new grads coming from Ontario and Alberta. The hospital working condition however, across the board in average (some region better than others) is not as good as those two provinces and the states (we work more for less pay and also have extreme staffing shortage)
  6. dayandnight

    Nursing in Vancouver vs Toronto

    My friends in Ontario all work 12 hour shifts at the hospitals in Toronto.. So I highly doubt those are uncommon. Working conditions are better in the GTA area, they get more days off on average compared to BC (5 days off guaranteed if working 4 days in a row, in BC it's usually 4 off), more staff, care aids and more support... as for NP's, there are probably more work opportunities there than there is in BC. Living expenses and housing costs in Toronto is also quite high nowadays.. at least you get paid a bit more in Ontario but I don't think it will help with the affordability all that much. As a single person with no kids, you can live a comfortable life in Vancouver on a RN wage..
  7. dayandnight

    Moving provinces right after finishing school?

    BC is always looking for RNs. Lately many Alberta, Ontario and Quebec new grads (I guess for Quebec it's mostly from McGill) come here and get a casual job fairly easily (mostly in medical units). They're short everywhere and are always looking for nurses, be it in Vancouver downtown, metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and the north.
  8. https://www.bcnu.org/Contracts-Bargaining/Documents/NBA_Wage_Grid.pdf Bedside, front-line staff (acute care, nursing home, community health, etc) and any non-charge nurses get paid at level 3 RN. If you want to know anything about what the working condition should be in BC, look up the collective agreement for BCNU. Everything in the contract applies to all nurses all across the province (including the wage grid). It's going to change a bit in March but good to gather info ahead of time. With the current high US dollar expect to earn a lot less for a lot more work up in Canada. My husband earns way more than I do working part time in WA vs me working full time in Vancouver. Casuals need to work 400 hours during the year to maintain work as of right now. Casuals in BC can buy their own benefits and get paid back 100% after working a bit under 1000 hours a year, not to mention get enrolled under work pension after a year of working. With how much nursing shortage there is around here, many casual nurses work almost full time hours or way beyond that by floating to different units. Also, try asking your sister for more information. It will come in handy for sure.
  9. I transferred mine before they made NNAS, but since I took a BSN program the transfer wasn't all that bad. Did not have to take any assessment tests. My husband is waiting for his advisory report but since he doesn't have a BSN I am expecting his course to be more complicated. If you have hospital experience in the US (acute care), finding a job at the hospitals in BC be very easy (for per diem positions =casuals in Canada). If you don't, I highly advise working in acute care field in the US for even half a year before moving up to Canada. You need at least 2-3 good references (charge nurse or unit managers in your current or most recent job) to get interviews. I don't recommend moving up as a new grad since Canadian hospital (especially BC) nursing is very different than that of the USA (more so if you move into a small town or city), and generally BC hospital orientations are very short when compared to the states. I don't know about California but I studied nursing in WA.
  10. dayandnight

    Are you practising nursing in some capacity here

    Seems to get too expensive for everybody to work as a nurse nowadays
  11. dayandnight

    Australian moving to BC

    1. Probably yes...? Option to take supplementary courses instead of the exam applies only in Ontario I believe. Ontario does things differently than most other provinces for RN license transferring process once NNAS assessment is over. 2. My friend took the whole 1 year course for about 20 grand Canadian dollars. Basic refresher course is mostly focused on Medical/Surgical. Not in Peds or OB. Only theory courses may be taken online. If your score for NCAS is not good enough you may have to take Nurse-Ready or Bootcamp courses through Kwantlen prior to taking your refresher course, which cost extra. 3. No. Provisional license is only if you pass the refresher course or if you do not have to take the refresher course at all and are waiting to take your NCLEX 4. To be honest, unless you take a refresher course, a lot of employers here prefer Canadian-grads, especially for non-RN nursing. This does not apply though if you do have specialty area experience. I am not sure about RPNs 5. Getting a casual position for RNs is fairly easy in BC. A lot of Ontario and Alberta new grads now come to BC to get jobs. If you take a refresher course in BC, you can easily get a job here in the acute care unit. Many acute care units work short in small hospitals. My old unit for instance, work short more than I can count every month. All I can think is that unless you work in specific hospitals, working condition in BC is not as good as other provinces such as Ontario or Alberta; less pay compared to other provinces may be another factor. I would personally get immigration figured out before trying to become a nurse in Canada. It's very difficult to take a refresher course in BC unless you have a permanent residency. Also getting a license in Canada doesn't help you getting a visa or anything status related. Most health authority websites in BC will ask if you have a working visa and if you need to be sponsored- they don't easily sponsor people for immigration unless you have a working visa > 1 year and are qualified to work in a specialty area. Other provinces (SK, Newfoundland, Ontario) do allow non- PR holders to take refresher courses but immigration will be a different matter.
  12. The article doesn't address whether these people have been educated in Canada or not. It actually makes a lot of difference when looking for a job. People who were educated outside of the country but don't have experience that Canadian employers want (high acuity, ER, ICU etc) and did not take a refresher course in Canada have a hard time looking for a job at major hospitals. They often get their foot in the door by working in private residential care facilities or a transition/rehab unit. I think that and the lack of connections/networking for people with different ethnicities are a higher barrier than race itself. I know a few friends who have experienced racism at their workplace but they were educated in Canada so they didn't actually have a huge problem finding jobs.
  13. dayandnight


    Relocate. I find many RPNs are struggling to find work in GTA. My friend is working as a PSW after graduating from an RPN program, but she recently found a casual job as an RPN. Please apply to many places as you can far and wide! That's the state nursing is in nowadays...
  14. dayandnight

    New graduate moving from Quebec to other province

    I would avoid Manitoba and Alberta (Alberta's job situation is not good for new grads with no experience) I know Ontario has New Grad Initiatives, which I am unsure if that is offered for out of province graduates but their provincial immigration is a bit... difficult for health care professionals and has a low limit for acceptance. SK and BC I know are pretty good for getting casual jobs from the get-go. I heard Nova Scotia is including nurses in their provincial immigration program. Try applying everywhere. It is difficult to get full time jobs in acute-hospital settings so you will have to get your foot in the door first. I see so many Mcgill graduates in BC where I live... one just got hired this year so there are a lot of options if you do look out for them. I recommend looking at Express Entry and apply for jobs in provinces that have a good provincial immigration program for future backup.
  15. dayandnight

    New graduate moving from Quebec to other province

    I know a few International students graduating from Mcgill and trying to immigrate in Canada or have succeeded in getting their PR in BC. You can take the Nclex outside of Quebec without having a Quebec license. Just apply everywhere. My friend applied on Vancouver island and got a full time job right away (this was 3 years ago however). Most other new grad RNs get casual jobs pretty quickly around here. The key is to get a full time position or equivalent in hours (30+hrs a week) as soon as possible to be able to broaden your chances at both federal and provincial immigration options (and look into immigration as soon as you can...) You can apply anywhere but Manitoba provincial immigration has a penalty for people who have lived or studied outside of Manitoba. The rest of the province is fair game given the fact that you get a job. The hospitals won't care about your status as long as you have more than 1 year on your working visa, which you will. (1 year is because you can't extend your pgwp and nurses cannot be sponsored for work visa application) Look into job opportunities and immigration rules for each province and take your chances. Good luck.