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Old Dec 8th 2017, 9:04 pm   #16
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Bridging appears to be necessary because Canadian nurses do a 4 year university degree and seem to do more courses than a UK nurse ......... eg, a nurse with mental health specialty will also have done obstetrics. That does not seem to be the case from the UK?
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I am applying for NNAS right now and unsure on what the nursing examinations counts as, if anyone could help please!

"For Nursing Examinations outside of Canada: The following questions refer to Nursing Examinations you may have completed in your home country or other locations outside of Canada."

Would this count as every exam I took throughout university or is it meant as post registration exams such as the NCLEX in Ca?
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Bridging appears to be necessary because Canadian nurses do a 4 year university degree and seem to do more courses than a UK nurse ......... eg, a nurse with mental health specialty will also have done obstetrics. That does not seem to be the case from the UK?

I am sorry, but the above is complete flannel!

I taught as a RN teacher for many years in Canada. The difference is in course content and not number of courses or years of training.

The Canadian mental health nurses are certainly not trained in obstetrics.

We have a much more general training in the UK which in fact covered a lot more specialties than in canada, Although Canadian nurses are book smart, I personally have lost a lot of the advanced skills that were expected of us in the UK. It is more a 'follow doctors orders' culture here and don't use your brain.

I personally did not have to do the bridging programme here as my experience and qualifications were accepted by the board at that time. However, i was grateful for the study i had to do to sit the Canadian Nursing exams. It was while studying for these that i realised just how different the terminology is. Without studying, I would have been stumped on the drug names, abbreviations for things, and all sorts of other things i had not heard of. When I read my first page of Dr's orders, it might as well been in double dutch. It seems frustrating that we have to do extra training, however, the cultures are so different that a transitioning period is helpful.
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