Published Feb 20, 2003
Hi there. Can anyone please tell me how easy/difficult it is to work in Canada if you are a UK RN? Thanks :)
We have TONS of UK nurses here, including many midwives who work in L&D. There is a fair amount of paperwork, but UK credentials are generally recognized and their nurses are hot commodities.
You need to contact the College of Nurses in the province where you want to work. Then you have to go through a long process of being assessed as to whether your course is acceptable for temporary registration or to sit their exam - you need transcripts of your basis course and any post-basic courses, employment references. If your course and experience are good enough you can take the Canadian RN exam. Some hospitals will give you temporary registration for a year as long as you pass the exam within that time.
I have been in this process for 6 months and am eligible for temporary registration, but it has taken a long time. You really need to have an offer of employment and they are quite restricted as to which areas you can work in - the Canadians are paranoid that you might take their jobs, and all hospitals have to apply to the government dept to get a "Labour Market Opinion" before they can employ you.
What area of nursing are you experienced in - a few months ago they were only taking ICU, A&E, psych, midwives and oncology nurses.
If you check out the CIC website at http://www.cic.gc.ca you can get the info on work permits/immigration.
Good luck if you decide to go for it as it is a drawn out and frustrating process. When I think of how easily nurses get to work over here - and they don't even have to take our exam!!
try these sites
Hope these help.
I have worked with many nurses from the UK, but id you want to kknow for sure if your credentials are transferrable, check out this link to Citizenship and Immigration Canada:
College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba web site:
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