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USA RN to relocate to Canada

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by gardengrower92 gardengrower92 (New) New Nurse

gardengrower92 has 3 years experience and specializes in Surgical RN.

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Hi there! I'm wondering if any nurses who have immigrated from the US to Canada can share any of their experiences with the immigration process and getting your license transferred over. I've already submitted my paperwork to the NNAS and it is currently undergoing "final review."

Have any USA RNs who have gotten the 'comparable,' from the NNAS have still been forced to take the competency assessment from the NCAS?

And if you were successful in immigrating to Canada, what was applying for a hospital job like?  Or any RN job like? Currently I work for a major hospital (3 yrs experience) in med surg here in Oregon. 

Any experience / advice / thoughts are welcomed! 

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amandab13 has 13 years experience.

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Which province are you moving to? 

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gardengrower92 has 3 years experience and specializes in Surgical RN.

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Hey! I applied to British Columbia, but mostly because their nursing board was the only one that was really responsive- definitely not wedded to any specific Province in particular? Any suggestions? Thanks again! 

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I studied nursing in WA and moved to BC. BC is very different compared to other provinces in terms of the hospitals. (underfunded with less pay for nurses compared to other provinces)

- There are not many “cna” (called care aids in Canada) in inpatient units (1 per unit in cities or none at all) so the nurses usually do everything. Except for specialty units, lpns and rns work together in med-surg settings so that will also be different compared to the states as well.

-All inpatient nurses do days and nights rotating every week, and usually full time is 2 days 2nights and 4 off with 5 off every 2 weeks or once a month depending on where you work. 
BC is a part of the Pacific NW so the ocean, lakes and mountains are really nice but there is a very high cost of living.
 

It depends on where you are planning to get a job (each area in BC has different healthcare systems. I have seen a nurse with a BSN from the states do a 1 year refresher program here, and my husband is also trying to get his Canadian license from WA and is in the nnas stage as well. He is a ADN so I expect him to be taking the NCAS exam for BC.

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gardengrower92 has 3 years experience and specializes in Surgical RN.

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Hey, thanks for your response! 

I'm not looking forward to having to do both day and night shift (that must be awful, switching back and forth). Working with LPNs sounds like it could be nice though!

Good news is that my NNAS did come back as comparable (it is possible!), so now I've moved on to applying with the BC College of nursing. They say it takes about 3 weeks for that process, but with covid I'm sure it may take longer. Still crossing my fingers I don't have to take the NCAS!

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