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Old May 13th 2022, 2:27 pm
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thank you for your help,

we have gone for WES, NNAS states it’s mandatory requirement for all nurse to create application on NNAS.

with our score being low, so we apply directly to Alberta hospitals once we are in the express pool? Or am I missing a factor

thanks
Up to you who you apply to, but your chances of being selected by Alberta are less without a job offer. They tell you on the website what will increase your chances, and that's things like having family in Alberta, having French as your first language, or having a job offer there. You may find you have to go on a work permit first as your potential employer may not wait for you to get PR.

But as FL has said, you need criminal rehab and that can take a year or more to obtain, so get cracking with that first. Just checking, but you haven't been to Canada before?

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Old May 13th 2022, 5:12 pm
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Yes I meticulously read all of the above over the past few days, As the crime would indicate over 10 years prison time I would need to apply for rehabilitation. I have already compiled all information and paid the CAD 1000 this will be sent next week.
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Up to you who you apply to, but your chances of being selected by Alberta are less without a job offer. They tell you on the website what will increase your chances, and that's things like having family in Alberta, having French as your first language, or having a job offer there. You may find you have to go on a work permit first as your potential employer may not wait for you to get PR.

But as FL has said, you need criminal rehab and that can take a year or more to obtain, so get cracking with that first. Just checking, but you haven't been to Canada before?

Hi,

no we have never been to Canada before, The more deeper I get involved in this process the more complex it seems.

we don’t have family in Alberta nor do we speak French, so if I’m correct in stating once you create an EE profile you can pick you’re preferred area, with the hope they offer you ITA?

I have already compiled the rehab pack and paid the fee, just going to post that next week.

I lose track track of what the best route is
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Old May 17th 2022, 7:28 am
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Hi,

no we have never been to Canada before, The more deeper I get involved in this process the more complex it seems.

we don’t have family in Alberta nor do we speak French, so if I’m correct in stating once you create an EE profile you can pick you’re preferred area, with the hope they offer you ITA?

I have already compiled the rehab pack and paid the fee, just going to post that next week.

I lose track track of what the best route is
I'd suggest you start a new thread in the immi section of the forum giving info about you, your jobs, education, CRS scores etc, people can then try and help you work out what the best visa route would be. You can't even visit Canada until you've got your rehab sorted, so you've got plenty of time to sort out the visa side of things.

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thank you for your help,

we have gone for WES, NNAS states it’s mandatory requirement for all nurse to create application on NNAS.

with our score being low, so we apply directly to Alberta hospitals once we are in the express pool? Or am I missing a factor

thanks

NNAS should be started sooner rather than later as the process can be long. A lot of job offers for nurses usually state have provincial nurse license or eligibility to have it which means you need to have completed process with CRNA, passing NCLEX is a bonus
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Thanks ever so much JD. Again thanks

hello, what form do you complete on the NMC website as part of the NNAS application?
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Please how did you prove you had all experience and where did you work? Also how long did you work where you did, also what province accepted your work experience?
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Hi, I'm also applying for Alberta ,

I have just qualified as a dual registered Adult and mental health nurse from Oxford Brookes, have sent the doc to WES and going to send them to NNAS this month.

how long did it take ur husband to have an assessment report from NNAS?
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Hi Everyone

I am a newly qualified RMN looking to move to Canada. I am also a permanent resident in Canada so that's one hurdle of getting a work permit sorted, down at least.

I just got onto the NMC register and began working in rehabilitative psychiatry. I would like to get some help, support and advice on where do I start to get licensed as an IEN transferring license to BC or Manitoba to practise as a Registered psychiatric nurse please.

Any help and advice would be the most welcome 🙏
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Also, can I start studying for the NCLEX and sit for the exams before applying for NNAS? I am trying to buy some time as I read on here that NNAS can be a lengthy process.

Also, can I sit for the RPNCE exams (for registered psychiatric nurses) or do I need to be referred to sit for it?

I hope to hear from you soon.
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I am also a permanent resident in Canada so that's one hurdle of getting a work permit sorted, down at least.
I'm sorry, I'm no use to you re: the nursing side of things, but just checking, you're a Canadian PR but trained in the UK (or another country)?

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Hi,
I'm from the UK, and live and work in BC as an RPN. But I studied for that qualification here, so am not great with the NNAS side of things, sorry.
What I can tell you is that you will only need to sit EITHER the NCLEX or the RPNC, not both. From a quick search of the BCNM site, once you have your NNAS assessment, you would apply for registration through the BCNM and they assess your eligibility to sit the licensing exam. Without creating a new account, I can't progress further through that process to tell you what it looks like.
From what I hear, the NCLEX is the harder exam, but there is a wealth of study information available both online and in book form. The RPNC recently moved to computer based testing in line with the NCLEX, and is offered three times per year. In my experience there are less specifically psych related study resources, but the one available from the RPNC itself gives a decent look of what the test look like.
Depending on your NNAS assessment, you may want to sit the NCLEX over the RPNC if eligible, as it greatly increases your options for employment, should you have difficulty finding work in mental health (right now, that definitely won't be a problem!) RNs can work pretty much anywhere, possibly needing to take some specialty courses after graduation, but RPNs are pretty much restricted to mental health wards and facilities or long term care or other specialist units. I guess it depends if you value flexibility in the future. Right now, in BC at least, RPNs are paid exactly the same as RNs whether degree for diploma educated.
In any event, I would recommend doing as much study prep as you can as regularly as you can, because believe me, your ability to answer test questions as per the Gold Standard deteriorates very quickly once we have lived experience and what we actually do in practice differs from he textbook answer.
Good luck in your journey.
PS, come work in Kamloops BC, we have a great tertiary mental health facility and great scenery!
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I'm sorry, I'm no use to you re: the nursing side of things, but just checking, you're a Canadian PR but trained in the UK (or another country)?

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Hi I am a Canadian PR and a British Citizen. Yes i trained in the UK and I am NMC registered.
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7InBC thank you ever so much for taking time to write to me and give me such an indepth insight and tips on the paths available. When looking and researching from UK it feels so overwhelming like a big mountain to climb. I purchased an NCLEX book to start studying so hopefully the RPNC exam will not be too different in content. Also would you know if NCLEX and RPNC can be undertaken online from UK or do i need to be in Canada to take them?

Also, in terms of NNAS - does NMC deal with provision of a copy/proof of our registration?

Many thanks in advance.
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There's a medical element to the RPNC for sure, and for that the NCLEX based study material is perfect. There are also medical ethics, professional and legal stuff relevant to the field.

As you would expect the exam is heavily weighted with psych-based material, often describing a scenario with several questions based on that, some stand-alone questions, and some "select all that apply" type questions (we all hated those!). Unfortunately, I am not permitted to discuss the content of the exam in more specific terms, this info can be read on the exam prep section of the RPNC website itself.

There were a couple of textbooks we used with question and answers in the back that were helpful. My friend also signed up to a course run by a local guy, he claimed to be able to get anyone to pass who had failed on the first attempt, she hadn’t failed but had massive test anxiety. He was good at explaining the rationale behind the correct answer, since the multiple-choice element makes it so that there are several answers that could fit, but there's only one BEST answer (hence my earlier comment about lived experience muddying the waters as far as test answering goes).

You must take the RPNC in Canada, RPNs are only recognised in the four western-most provinces, elsewhere in Canada mental health nurses are recognised differently. When you sign up for the test you must select your preferred location, which will be based on which province you hope to live and work in, and therefore be licenced in. The website states that there are multiple testing locations throughout each province, which is great since when I wrote in 2020 it was paper based, and I had to sit the exam in Vancouver. It looks like it is the same for the NCLEX as the BCNM website lists multiple locations in BC.

I know how overwhelming it is looking at all this stuff. I was in the ambulance service in the UK and decided that the whole process of qualification validation was way too complicated because education for that 20 years ago was conducted in-house and was not degree based as it is now. For me, it was easier to retrain, and I elected RPN as they are paid way better than paramedics and don’t have to carry their patients up and down stairs at 3am! It wasn’t cheap though, as I opted for an accelerated Diploma course through an online college in Vancouver, which meant I could be earning much quicker than taking a 4-year degree. It suited my particular situation.

I’m not sure of your circumstances, but just be mindful of how long this process can take (read earlier comments in this thread) and ensure you will continue to meet PR requirements if relevant to you. Its super frustrating, since BC, and Canada in general, are crying out for nurses, there are multiple open lines in the province, my facility is no exception, so gaining employment once licenced would be easy, I am sure. A colleague of mine was an IEN but found the process so frustrating that she registered as a care aide and worked in that field as a stopgap. Not ideal, but meant she was able to live and work here while navigating the nursing licencing. The BC Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry is a good resource if you are interested in that option.

The BCNM (for BC) and RPNC websites are excellent resources, there are provincial equivalents in Manitoba which I am sure are just as good.

Good Luck
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