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---mlm--- Feb 23rd 2009 6:53 pm

Nursing
 
Hi
I know this should be in the nursing forum but ???
Could anyone tell me if this is correct. That after 2009 canada are not accepting the diploma in nursing only degree's???? :confused:
Thanks
Michelle :thumbsup:

marina Feb 23rd 2009 7:18 pm

Re: Nursing
 
I think it depends on which province you are going to. BC, for instance, accepts diploma in general and psychiatric nursing. Ontario on the other hand would need you to have a degree. If you have not got one they would expect you to get it within 5 years period. You need to log on to any provincial nursing licencing body web site and research that.
http://www.crnbc.ca/RegRenewal/Apply...Applicant.aspx
http://www.cno.org/international_en/index.html
There are some simple steps to do that. Hope that helps. :)

destinationnovascotia Feb 23rd 2009 10:06 pm

Re: Nursing
 
Reaf the WIKI on Nursing in Canada http://britishexpats.com/wiki/Nursing-Canada as it gives a good overview of the process and requirements.

The Nursing section on here tends to be populated largely by people going to Australia, but you do get info on Canada now and again. Questions may get answered a bit quicker on the Canada forum.

For other info try the Canada forum of www.allnurses.com

Which Province are you thinking of going to?

---mlm--- Feb 24th 2009 10:31 am

Re: Nursing
 
Hi
We were thinking of going to alberta but would go anywhere really. The prob is as well i don't qualify for another 2 years and things could have changed altogether by then. I just hope there will be still a shortage of nurses and i'll be ok but who knows. Just don't want to go through my training and then it be no good.
Cheers
Michelle. :thumbsup:

destinationnovascotia Feb 24th 2009 11:14 am

Re: Nursing
 
They will still need nurses then, no worries there.

You should get a couple of years experience after you qualify though. Employers have to demonstrate that they have advertised a post and cannot fill it with a Canadian.

This would be hard to do when newly qualified nurses are looking for jobs. Once you can have expreience they can recruit you to a vacancy for an experienced nurse and are more likely to get the LMO.

Bainesy36 Feb 24th 2009 11:16 am

Re: Nursing
 
Hi there,

Even with a degree in nursing degree if CARNA (their equvilant to our NMC) feel that you have any 'skill gaps' then you may be asked to do an assessment which consists of exams, interview and practicals. They can then identify if you need to complete any further study/training. I am an adult nurse but in Alberta they don't branch out so they wanted to check my peads skills so my main advice would be to get very varied placements if you can. I know not everyone has to complete the SEC assessments but I they decided to check your skills it's worth it. The fact I only have a diploma has not even been an issue, it was just because my peads experience is in theatres so is quite specialised.

Have a look on the Carna website for the updated info.

Hope this helps

destinationnovascotia Feb 24th 2009 11:21 am

Re: Nursing
 

Originally Posted by Bainesy36 (Post 7317315)
Hi there,

Even with a degree in nursing degree if CARNA (their equvilant to our NMC) feel that you have any 'skill gaps' then you may be asked to do an assessment which consists of exams, interview and practicals. They can then identify if you need to complete any further study/training. I am an adult nurse but in Alberta they don't branch out so they wanted to check my peads skills so my main advice would be to get very varied placements if you can. I know not everyone has to complete the SEC assessments but I they decided to check your skills it's worth it. The fact I only have a diploma has not even been an issue, it was just because my peads experience is in theatres so is quite specialised.

Have a look on the Carna website for the updated info.

Hope this helps

Good advice this. Not only do you need theory and practice in childrens nursing, but also obs/psych/community. Also make sure that you get a good med/surg mix. I know a general nurse who did not have enough hours in surgery.

Silverdragon102 Feb 24th 2009 3:29 pm

Re: Nursing
 
Also make sure you get everything properly completed on your transcripts with all hours both theory and practical seperated. Because I did my paeds back in 86 I have to be assessed on that and because my university lumped all my study time into one when I converted to RN I have to do a couple of specialised courses Not sure how much this is going to cost me

---mlm--- Feb 24th 2009 4:13 pm

Re: Nursing
 
Hi
Thanks for the replies.
Thats another problem cause i am only doing adult nursing, i was wondering how i would be able to get experience in other areas, don't think we'll get chance to either???? Any suggestions???
Cheers :thumbsup::thumbsup:
Michelle.

Wispor Feb 24th 2009 4:33 pm

Re: Nursing
 
Hi Michelle,

I'm not too sure where you are studying but I too did an Adult Nursing Diploma and got accepted for CARNA with no probs.

If as part of your diploma you do a midwifery, mental health and childrens placement you should be fine. However, your Uni need to be very good at stating to CARNA that although you did an Adult nursing course that you also spent time on other placements and studied children/midwifery/mental health as part of your common foundation programme (the first 18 months of your training, unless it's changed?)

I also made sure that whenever I was on placement that I got experience of other areas e.g on Community placement I went out with the health visitors to babies and on A&E I spent time with the childrens nurses and the mental health team. All this was documented and signed by them in my portfolio and all counted towards 'esposure to other branches of nursing.'

CARNA were pretty happy that I had seen and done enough mental health/childrens as a student nurse and thankfully I didn't have any problems. Just make sure it's all documented.;)

Hope this helps...

W

---mlm--- Feb 24th 2009 5:32 pm

Re: Nursing
 
Hi wispor
Thanks for that, so the best thing for me to do is in my first year get as many different placements as poss????
I do actually think i read the carna website wrong and think it may be for those who are studying in canada but i might be wrong????
Thanks for replying feel less worried now.
:thumbsup::thumbsup:
Michelle

md5037 Feb 24th 2009 6:23 pm

Re: Nursing
 
Offer of Employment

My wife got a call from Calgary Healthcare and a letter of employment is winging its way to us. So good news.

Must admit though the phone call left us a little deflated as we were told that the number of jobs were reducing by a lot. Last year no prob finding placement this year you might have to work in 2 different departments. New hospital may be beinging scaled back.

Also this is the first time we have met such a negative attitude to work the only ray of light i see is that maybe she is trying to ensure you can see that it isnt all roses.

But still now it is waiting for the postman, LMO then TWP so hopefully all moving on.

---mlm--- Feb 24th 2009 6:49 pm

Re: Nursing
 
hi
congrats on that, where r u planning on living?? when r u going out?
:thumbsup::thumbsup:

md5037 Feb 24th 2009 6:59 pm

Re: Nursing
 
Thank you.

We plan to live around Okotoks area but will depend a little on what jobs are on offer. Again they seem to think from now until getting WP will be around 4-5 months but will prob be 7-8. So now planning a recce trip in April.

susie q Feb 24th 2009 7:08 pm

Re: Nursing
 
just to let you know that calgary health region are not recruiting any international trained nurses at present due to the ecomonic downturn.at present many canadian nurses who worked casual(BANK) are now taking permanent positions .of coarse this may all change again before you qualify and the rest of alberta may be different .good luck with your journey across the pond susie q


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