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International Nurses Are in High Demand In Canada

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International Nurses Are in High Demand In Canada

Without any doubt, there is a shortage of nurses in many countries around the world. Although Canadians are given with various benefits, aging population cannot be denied. With the ongoing pandemic, insufficient nurses becomes a controversial issue that seems unsolvable in an instant. According to the Canadian Nurses Association, there will be a shortage of 60,000 nurses in 2022 . Therefore, nurses have been listed as a shortage of occupations.

International Nurses are professionals who need to pass strict registration procedures before they can work with a license, just like doctors and lawyers. Nurse is highly respected and well paid. The starting salary is about 55,000 Canadian dollars.

If you have relevant work experience in nurses in your own country (with a nurse certificate) and want to pass the nursing profession and practice in Canada, you can use your domestic nurse certificate to apply for a Canadian registered nurse (RN) license. When your language and academic qualifications are met, there is a chance of successful registration, and you can get a work permit in Canada and start nurse work.

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Steps to becomes a registered nurse in Canada

*only for applicants who did not earn their bachelor degree in canada

There three steps to become a registered nurse in Canada ( British Columbia)

Step 1. Evaluate your academic qualifications, which can be completed in Canada or abroad

  • Create an account on National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS)
  • Submit proof of identity (passport, birth certificate, driver’s license, marriage certificate, etc.)
  • Submit a certificate of nurse education (academic certification, transcripts, course descriptions)
  • Submit nurse qualification certificate (certificate of nurse registration in your country, such as nurse certificate)
  • Submit the nurse’s work experience certificate (all work certificates in the past 5 years)
  • Submit language scores

Step 2. BC provincial certification

After submitting all materials in accordance with NNAS’s requirements, NNAS will collect, review, and evaluate whether the above materials meet Canadian standards and submit the complete materials to the BC College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) for certification.

  • Registered with BC Provincial Nurses Registration Agency BCCNM (extension of NN​​AS registered account)
  • Ability assessment (basic, ability, oral exam)
  • Applicant’s nurse education, qualification and work experience report issued by NNAS

After receiving the above materials, the association will review, evaluate whether the application meets the Canadian nurse standard, and take the RN registration exam. If the association feels that there is a gap in the applicant’s ability, the applicant needs to complete some Internationally-Educated Nurse (IEN) transition courses for internationally educated nurses to meet the evaluation requirements of the association.

Internationally-Educated Nurse(IEN)

The IEN transition course is to help overseas people with a nursing background to connect to the Canadian medical system as soon as possible. The following are the colleges and their transition courses for Internationally Educated Nurses (IEN)

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Langara College (Vancouver, BC) is the most prestigious public college on the west coast of Canada. It was founded in 1965 and is located in downtown Vancouver.

Nursing Leadership and Management

Providing support for international education nurses (IEN) who are preparing to practice in Canada. Students in this course will have the opportunity to apply nursing knowledge in classrooms, nursing laboratories, and clinical practice environments to build clinical competence. The duration of the course is 1 year.

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Stenberg College (Surrey, BC), founded in 1990, provides a series of health care and human services projects.

Post-Graduate Diploma in Canadian Nursing

This course helps IEN to meet the abilities required by registered nurses in BC as soon as possible. The course is 108 weeks, including 48 weeks of internship.

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic (Saskatoon, SK) was founded in 1988, it is an internationally recognized major public institution of higher learning in Saskatchewan.

Registered Nursing Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Nurses

This course is an online course that provides the knowledge and skills IEN needs to work as a nurse in Canada. The length of the course is 64 weeks.

For the registration method of Saskatchewan, please refer to this link -educated-nurses

After completing the IEN transition course, applicants must also pass the registered nurse license exam.

Step 3. Become a registered nurse in Canada

Registered nurses RN work in a wide range. Most RNs work in hospitals and responsible for clinical observation, technical nursing and other responsibilities. They must have scientific knowledge of medication, knowledge of acute and severe diagnosis and rescue skills. The RN has a higher professional responsibility to the patient. Therefore, nurses become one of the high-income class in western countries.

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