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Old Dec 30th 2017, 12:17 am   #1
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I’m a newly qualified children’s nurse in Scotland looking to move to Canada in 3-5 years time and I have no idea how I would go about finding a job or if I can even work with only paediatric qualifications? I have been reading other posts that mention needing additional training in other fields of nursing and undertaking a year of university in Canada for me this is not an option financially is it a necessity or is there areas that would accep only paediatric trained ? Thank you for any information form a confused and hopeful nurse
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If you know where in Canada you want to move to, contact that province's institute of nurses. They will tell you what you need to bring your experience and qualifications up to snuff.

I'm not a nurse, but it seems that the baseline over here is a wide general level experience before any specialization whereas in the UK, you can specialize at an early age (as you have). You may have to do a lot of additional stuff to meet requirements.

If you are thinking of heading to Quebec, you will need to be fluent in French to be able to work (even the you may find that "French" french and Quebecois arevery different beasts. Even in what they class as the "English" hospital system bilingualism is a requirement. Te Quebec order of Nursing (QON) site is ~97% in French.
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I’m a newly qualified children’s nurse in Scotland looking to move to Canada in 3-5 years time and I have no idea how I would go about finding a job or if I can even work with only paediatric qualifications? I have been reading other posts that mention needing additional training in other fields of nursing and undertaking a year of university in Canada for me this is not an option financially is it a necessity or is there areas that would accep only paediatric trained ? Thank you for any information form a confused and hopeful nurse
Hi Tegan ,
I moved to Ontario 20 years ago with RSCN qualification from sicks kids hospital in Edinburgh and was told I would have to do extra general nursing time and take the qualifying exam here .I actually went down another career route but it seems there is not the specialised courses here like in the UK eg for mental health nurses or paediatric nurses.Each province has different regulations and rules so worth checking that out too.
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I moved to Ontario 20 years ago with RSCN qualification from sicks kids hospital in Edinburgh and was told I would have to do extra general nursing time and take the qualifying exam here .I actually went down another career route but it seems there is not the specialised courses here like in the UK eg for mental health nurses or paediatric nurses.Each province has different regulations and rules so worth checking that out too.
There are specialised courses in paediatrics, but appear to be 'stand alone' courses rather than in place of an RN or similar nursing qualification, i.e. a 'continuing education' course.

There are also diploma programs for mental health nursing.

This website might be of use (links to Provincial bodies) Immigration Advice for Nurses Immigrating to Canada - FWCanada






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But only 4 provinces accepts the RMN course. Many others require general training
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Hi, I am a paediatric nurse who moved to BC from the UK in 2002 (so the requirements may have changed), I lived there for 11 years and currently live in the UK but am looking to move back to Canada (NS this time). When I moved in 2002, due to my parents registration I had to do extra 'adult hours' about 6 weeks of full time work and a few written assignments. I sat the RN exam (which I think is now the NCLEX like the US) and was registered as a general nurse whilst I lived there but as I worked at the children's hospital I didn't use the general part 😁. As I say things may have changed in the past 15 years but as someone else has commented, if you know which province or territory you want to move to contact their registration board and they will be able to help you. Be prepared for much higher annual fees than the NMC and the process will take a while I think - you have to get transcripts of training, hours of practice etc. I am having to start the process with the NS nursing board and have to sit a jurisprudence exam which is a new thing since I initially registered in 2002 but having been registered in BC previously I am hoping the process may be a little easier this time round. If you want to work in a children's hospital here is a list of them across the country

Alberta
Alberta Children's Hospital (Calgary)
Stollery Children's Hospital (Edmonton)

British Columbia
BC Children's Hospital (Vancouver)

Manitoba
Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg

Newfoundland and Labrador
Janeway Child Health Centre (St. John's)

Nova Scotia
IWK - Health Centre (Halifax)

Ontario
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (Ottawa)
Children's Hospital: London Health Sciences Centre
The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto)
Kingston General Hospital
McMaster Children's Hospital (Hamilton)

Quebec
Centre hospitalier affilié universitaire de Québec (CHA) (available in French only)
Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke (CHUS) (available in French only)
Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine (Montréal)
Montreal Children's Hospital

Saskatchewan
Royal University Hospital (Saskatoon)

Hope this helps some 😁, good luck 😊
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