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UK nurse moving to Canada

Old Feb 20th 2023, 2:28 am
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Hi all,

I was hoping for some advice.

We are looking at moving to Canada from the UK in 6 months for my partner's work and will likely stay for around 2 years.

I've looked into the NNA's process for UK nurses and read through other threads and it looks like it's really long and tough process. Just wondering if anyone has any advice? And whether it would be worth it for me?

I’m a qualified children’s nurse and specialist community public health nurse (health visitor) with a masters degree. I’m currently leading on a programme offering intensive support for vulnerable families and I have previously worked as a children’s nurse, health visitor and safeguarding children’s nurse. During the pandemic I was redeployed to adult intensive care but otherwise have no experience of adult nursing outside of student nursing placements and no proper maternity experience outside of advice and baby monitoring including in health visiting.

Has anyone with similar qualifications/experience managed to register as a nurse in Canada?

Thanks in advance.
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Hi, welcome to BE.

What visa will you be on, will you be allowed to work? If so, it may not be worth trying to work as a nurse as it's likely to take you that time to get licensed (possibly longer - see this post from somebody whose wife is a Canadian citizen yet still took 3 years to get licensed - UK Nurse trying to get to canada). Plus of course will cost a small fortune.

It sounds like you've found the threads in the main Canada forum, there are lots there with good info on. Only you will know if it's worth trying and spending the money on the chance of being able to work as a nurse for some of your stay. Is there any chance of the 2 years being extended or is that definitely how long you'll be there?
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