BECOMING A REGISTERED NURSE (RN) OR LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSE (LPN) IN CANADA
CHECK THE LINKhttp://www.canadavisa.com/canada-immigration-discussion-board/becoming-a-registered-nurse-rn-or-licensed-practical-nurse-lpn-in-canada-t85454.0.htmlNever, ever, ever let anyone tell you it'll be easy... JUST worth it.Nursing, your career... your future.Thinking about a career? Think registered nurse! It's more than a job, it's a growing profession offering an astonishing range of choices and opportunities.You believe in a healthy lifestyle? You want excitement? Intrigued by health questions?More interested in helping people over the long term?
Nurses are the heart of care. As a registered nurse, you can make a difference in one person's life through one-on-one, and in the health of all Canadians through research and leadership. Jobs, the real story
This is an excellent time to enter nursing as there is a shortage. At some point in their life, every Canadian will require the services of a nurse.
Since many nurses will soon retire, Canada needs bright young men and women to choose nursing as a career. Changes in the health care system continue to broaden the opportunities for nurses
. An especially important trend is the increasing number of services that emphasize illness prevention and health promotion programs. Many of these are planned and staffed by registered nurses.Registered nurses earn salaries that compare with other professionals with a similar amount of education
. Health care is offered 24 hours a day, so expect to work some nights and weekends, like doctors, law enforcement officers and others who provide essential services.
As in any profession, salaries vary across the country, and people make more as they gain experience and responsibility. Graduates of degree programs usually have more opportunities for advancement, and in some provinces, make more money than graduates of diploma programs. Your provincial or territorial nurses' association can provide current salary ranges.
Nursing is full of opportunities to grow, to advance and to change your career direction. Whatever your interest - working with children, scientific procedures and high tech equipment, teaching and promoting healthy practices, developing your management skills - nursing has something for you. Here are just a few examples:IN THE COMMUNITY:
wellness programs in the workplace
family planning clinics
poison control centres
prenatal and well-baby clinics
sexually transmitted disease units
AIDS hospices IN A HOSPITAL:
palliative (dying people)
The great thing about nursing is that your choices never end. With some years of experience and further studies you could branch out in almost any direction imaginable. After a few years in practice you might decide to become an advanced practice nurse. An expert nurse with a master's degree, an advanced practice nurse provides direct care to clients and serves as a role model and consultant to other practising nurses. There are currently two types of ANPs in Canada, clinical nurse specialist and nurse practitioner. Or you might decide, like Nicole, that you want to investigate current issues in health care. On the leading edge of health care discoveries, nurse researchers design studies, collect data and analyze results. Their findings contribute to the vast body of scientific knowledge that supports and improves nursing.Leadership
All nurses are teachers, helping people learn to prevent illness and manage health problems. But you might want to become a nurse educator, preparing future nurses to enter practice. You could work at a community college or a university, and research would be part of what you do.
A nurse administrator coordinates nursing services in a hospital or community health centre. Handling large budgets, supervising staff and setting the standards for excellent care takes strength and good management skills.The sky is the limit
And any of these choices could lead you still further. Nurses' ideas and opinions are sought after by the media, politicians, and national and international groups. Imagine being a consultant to Health Canada, or the World Health Organization.
Or you could travel. Northern Canada is a close-to-home example, but Canadian nurses are so highly regarded that other countries - both developing and developed - actively recruit them. Your skills and knowledge could take you places. The possibilities are endless!
Degree or diploma?
If you're thinking about a career in nursing, you should seriously consider studying for a degree (BN or BNSc). More career opportunities and the possibility of graduate study will be open to nurses with university degrees. Most provinces already require a baccalaureate in nursing (BN or BScN) to enter the profession.
Degree programs take four years. Besides learning social and physical sciences, and nursing, as in the diploma program, university programs generally offer additional studies in leadership, health teaching, research and other disciplines.
Diploma programs take three years. Graduates generally work in hospitals, nursing homes or other structured settings. Many colleges now offer their diploma courses in collaboration with a university with the option of continuing on after graduation to obtain a degree. However, getting a diploma and then a degree generally takes longer, and costs more, than enrolling in a degree program from the beginning.
Nursing students in both university and diploma schools of nursing will study psychology, child development, sociology, anatomy and physiology. The nursing courses include theory and clinical practice. You will be supervised and supported in the clinical setting to ensure the safety of patients and your own safety.
If you are interested in continuing your education, master's and doctoral programs in nursing are available in many places in Canada.
Entrance requirements differ from one school to another. Generally, the admission requirements are high school graduation with senior level English or French, mathematics, chemistry, physics and biology. You can contact your provincial nurses' association or individual schools for their specific requirements and information on funding.
Caring for people, the independence to make decisions, the challenge and excitement of being on the leading edge of health care.
Then ask today for more information about a career as a registered nurse!
•Association of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador
•Association of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island
•College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia
•Nurses Association of New Brunswick
•Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec
•Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
•College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba
•Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association
•College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
•College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia
•Registered Nurses Association of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut
•Yukon Registered Nurses AssociationBecoming a Registered Nurse
INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL NURSES APPLICANTS ABOUT NURSING IN CANADAWhere can I find out how to obtain a visa to work as a nurse in Canada?
Contact the Canadian Consulate nearest you for information regarding immigration or visas. It is very likely that an offer of employment will be required.Where do nurses work in Canada?
Canada has had a publicly funded system of hospital and medical care since 1968. The majority of nurses work within the publicly funded sector of health care, a minority work in the private sector and a small number of nurses are self-employed.
Because health is a provincial jurisdictional area, the health care delivery system is not centralized and there is no one place where nurses can apply for work. They must apply directly to individual employers. The Canadian Healthcare Association publishes a large directory that lists and gives addresses for hospitals, health centres, nursing homes, health associations and health education programs. This directory may be available through a public library or Canadian Consulate.What are the employment prospects in Canada?
The nursing employment situation in Canada is improving after several years of health care restructuring and hospital downsizing. Nurses with skills and experience in specialty areas (e.g., emergency, critical care and operating room) and those willing to work in smaller communities or isolated communities are in the most demand. The Canadian Nurses Association is predicting a continued shortage of nurses for the future.Where can I obtain information about becoming licensed to practise nursing in Canada?
Unlike many other countries the registration of nurses does not occur at the national level. In order to practise nursing you must be licensed or registered in the province or territory in which you will work. You can request application forms from your provincial or territorial regulatory body.
Will I need to write an examination to become licensed to practise in Canada?
Canadian provinces and territories, with the exception of Québec, require that you write the Canadian Registered Nurses Examination as part of the registration or licensure process. At present, this examination can only be written in Canada on the recommendation of a provincial or territorial nurses association. The Canadian Nurses Association publishes CNA's Canadian Registered Nurse Examination Prep Guide will help you prepare for the exam.Québec nurses have their own exam.
For further information, contact Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec.What languages do I need to know in order to become a registered nurse?
You require language proficiency to become registered or licensed in Canada. Bilingualism (French and English) is an asset. Candidates must have knowledge of French to practise in Québec. In New Brunswick, Manitoba and Ontario, candidates must be proficient in either French or English. Employment and nursing education programs for unilingual French speaking nurses are available in Québec and in certain areas in New Brunswick, Manitoba and Ontario. In these provinces the Canadian RN exam may be written in either French or English. In the other provinces and territories require proficiency in English .Can I work as a psychiatric/mental health nurse?
In Canada, registered nurses provide psychiatric/mental health services in a variety of settings. These nurses often have post-basic education and may also hold Canadian Nurses Association's specialty certification in psychiatric/mental health nursing. Registered mental health nurses from other countries may not have the broad education required for licensure as a registered nurse in Canada.
Canadian nursing education takes place at the post-secondary level. The nursing programs include classroom theory and supervised practice for nursing roles and responsibilities including: disease prevention and health promotion; the nursing care of sick children, adults and the elderly; mental health and psychiatric nursing; and maternal-child (or obstetrical) nursing. The programs also include general arts and science courses. Read more about nursing education programs in Canada.
Can I practise midwifery?
Midwifery is a recognized profession in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec and Nova Scotia. For further information, please refer to the Canadian Association of Midwives.
For prior learning assessment, OR to become Registered Nurse (RN) / Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) please consult your provincial or territorial regulator.
Regulation of Nurses Provincial and Territorial Regulatory BodiesBRITISH COLUMBIA
College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia
2855 Arbutus Street
Vancouver BC V6J 3Y8
Tel: (604) 736-7331
Fax: (604) 738-2272
E-mail: info @ crnbc.ca https://www.crnbc.ca/Pages/Default.aspx
College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
11620 - 168 Street
Edmonton AB T5M 4A6
Tel: (780) 451-0043
Fax: (780) 452-3276
E-mail: carna @ nurses.ab.cahttp://www.nurses.ab.ca/Carna/index.aspx SASKATCHEWAN
Saskatchewan Registered Nurses' Association
2066 Retallack Street
Regina SK S4T 7X5
Tel: 1-800-667-9945 / (306) 359-4200
Fax: (306) 525-0849
E-mail: info @ srna.orghttp://www.srna.org/ MANITOBA
College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba
890 Pembina Hwy
Winnipeg MB R3M 2M8
Tel: (204) 774-3477
Fax: (204) 775-6052
E-mail: info @ crnm.mb.cahttp://www.crnm.mb.ca/ ONTARIO
College of Nurses of Ontario
101 Davenport Road
Toronto ON M5R 3P1
Tel/Tél. : 1-800-387-5526 / (416) 928-0900
Fax/Télécopieur : (416) 928-6507
E-mail/Courriel : cno @ cnomail.orghttp://www.cno.org/
Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec
4200, boul. Dorchester Ouest
Montréal QC H3Z 1V4
Tel/Tél. : (514) 935-2501 / 1-800-363-6048
Fax/Télécopieur : (514) 935-1799
E-mail/Courriel : inf @ oiiq.orghttp://www.oiiq.org/ NEW BRUNSWICK
Nurses Association of New Brunswick
165 Regent Street
Fredericton NB E3B 7B4
Tel/Tél. : (506) 458-8731
Fax/Télécopieur : (506) 459-2838
E-mail/Courriel : nanb @ nanb.nb.cahttp://www.nanb.nb.ca/ NOVA SCOTIA
College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia
7071 Bayers Road
Halifax NS B3J 2A8
Tel: (902) 491-9744
Fax: (902) 491-9510
E-mail: info @ crnns.cahttp://www.crnns.ca/ PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Association of Registered Nurses of Prince Edward Island
53 Grafton Street
Charlottetown PE C1A 1K8
Tel: (902) 368-3764
Fax: (902) 628-1430
E-mail: arnpei @ pei.aibn.com http://www.arnpei.ca/ NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Association Of Registered Nurses Of Newfoundland And Labrador
55 Military Rd
St. John's NL A1C 2C5
Tel: (709) 753-6040
Fax: (709) 753-4940
E-mail: info @ arnnl.nf.ca http://www.arnnl.ca/ NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
Registered Nurses Association of the
Northwest Territories and Nunavut
Yellowknife NT X1A 2R1
Tel: (867) 873-2745
Fax: (867) 873-2336
E-mail: nwtrna @ theedge.ca http://www.rnantnu.ca/ YUKON
Yukon Registered Nurses Association
204 - 4133 - 4th Avenue
Whitehorse YT Y1A 1H8
Tel: (867) 667-4062
Fax: (867) 668-5123
E-mail: yrna @ yknet.cahttp://www.yrna.ca/
A nurse must hold individual membership in one of the provincial or territorial nursing associations which make up the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) in order to belong to CNA and the International Council of Nurses. The organizations listed above, except those of Ontario and Québec, are all members of CNA.
Nurses in Ontario wishing to belong to CNA should join the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.
Those in Québec should join the Yukon Registered Nurses Association or become an associate member of the Nurses Association of New Brunswick.
To see nursing jobs across Canada, visit NursingCareersCanada.ca, The National job board of the Canadian Nurses Associationhttp://www.nursingcareerscanada.ca/
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