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Old Jan 11th 2018, 12:24 pm
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Hello all,

I am just wondering if a degree in mental health nursing in the UK is accepted and recognised in Canada?

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Old Jan 11th 2018, 8:06 pm
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There are 4 provinces that accepts RMN. Which province are you wanting to live and work in?
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RPN Education | RPNC


RPN Education | RPNC

Save you having to ask which provinces do.
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Old Jan 12th 2018, 8:49 am
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My girlfriend is a mental health nurse, but lets just say I'm the more proactive partner in the relationship and so I've done most of the research in her profession as well as my own (mechanical engineering).


What I've found is:
  • Mental health is usually referred to as psychiatric nurse.
  • Far more general trained nurses go to Canada, or at least ask questions on various forums/online sites. But then there are far more general nurses so I guess that stands to reason.
  • General trained nurses seem to require more additional training even if they've had years of experience, usually in paediatrics, mental health and midwifery. This is because the Canadian system is broader. I've read this is due to how a nurse could be in a remote area and as such will require skills in all areas.
  • Mental health nurses seem more likely to just be accepted for their experience and qualifications.
  • However, if you're Mental Health or General, you should assume you're going to have to do additional study at your own cost. In most cases I've read about, nurses with degrees and years of experience have still had to do entire bridging courses or specific units from bridging courses.
  • The fees for courses can be a few thousand dollars, the fee for NNAS is £500, give or take based on the exchange rate (US dollars as the NNAS is based in the USA).
  • Even though jobs are advertised and nurses are in demand, you may have to do part time or agency type work to begin with.
  • Even if you're senior in the UK, when you go to Canada you'll start again as the unions ensure time within the service is king.
  • Leave is based on seniority, so as a new starter, you'll be last on the list for leave.
Everything I've wrote is just from what I've read, it's an example but not necessarily the rule and so you may find different.
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Didn't realise leave was based on seniority. I've been at my place of work since 2004 and been pipped to the post in getting a week off at February half term by a newbie!
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Didn't realise leave was based on seniority. I've been at my place of work since 2004 and been pipped to the post in getting a week off at February half term by a newbie!
Check your collective agreement. Where I work seniority comes into play for the summer blackout. Rest of the year it is first come first served
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Didn't realise leave was based on seniority. I've been at my place of work since 2004 and been pipped to the post in getting a week off at February half term by a newbie!
I did write:
Everything I've wrote is just from what I've read, it's an example but not necessarily the rule and so you may find different.
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https://www.bcnu.org/contracts-and-b...ng-association

BC Nurses Union contract, can give you an idea of what it's like.
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