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Are The Requirements For Being A Canadian Nurse Different Than An American Nurse?

Requirements for a Canadian Nurse

Have you considered Canadian Nurse? If you have, this could be a great opportunity for you. Before you head out, however, here are a few things you should know about how the nursing system work in Canada and what the requirements are.

Much like the USA, Canada is experiencing a nursing shortage. It’s believed that there will be a shortage of at least 35, 0000 Canadian Nurse over the next 10 years.

Of course the Canadian Nurse most in demand will be those with more specialized skills such as critical care, emergency room experience, and operating rooms. Also, as you can imagine, Canada is very interested in nurses who are willing to work in isolated communities or villages with small populations.

Registration of nurses in Canada, much like the US, is not done on a national level. You will need to licenses and registered in the territory you plan to practice in.

In all provinces other than Quebec, you must take the Canadian Registered Nurses Examination.

Contrary to what you might think, you don’t need to speak French to work as a Canadian Nurse. It’s nice if you are bilingual, but it’s not necessary, except in Quebec. You must know French to practice in Quebec. In other providences, this isn’t necessary. However, language proficiency is a requirement to become licensed. You must show proficiency in either English or French to work in New Brunswick, Manitoba, and Ontario. In all other provinces, English proficiency is sufficient but it will be required.

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Additional Requirements for a Canadian Nurse

Besides the language proficiency test, you will need to have a diploma in nursing. Some provinces will accept a diploma along with a minimum of 1,165 hours of nursing practice, all hours completed within the last 5 years. 8 provinces will accept a basic (AA) diploma and the work experience. Ontario and New Brunswick, however, require a BSN in nursing.

Also, Canadians have several different types of Master’s degrees in so far as nursing is concerned, depending upon the field of study. Canadian Nurse can study to work as a Nurse Practitioner, an Advanced Practice Nurse, a Registered Nurse First Assist (the surgeon’s assistant) and many others. It’s interesting to note that Canada currently does not recognize, and does not have plans to, the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthesiologist, as the United States does.

Nursing schools and fields of study are very similar to the USA with nursing degrees given after two years of study, much like the AA degree. Students are exposed to a great deal of hands on training as early as their first semester in school and continue through to their graduation. This being said, most provinces in Canada prefer that the Canadian Nurse have a BSN degree.

Should you come to Canada to work, you will be allowed to work, and be considered a “registered nurse” on something called a Canada interim permit. This permit is obtained through the nurses association in the province you wish to work in. The interim permit says that you plan to take and pass the CRN exam within a specific period of time, generally between 4 to 8 months. This time frame will vary from province to province. Should you fail the exam, you will need to retake it, again, within the time frame provided, so it would be a good idea to take this exam as quickly as you can after arriving. If you fail to pass the exam within this timeframe, you will need to reapply for your interim permit.

Registration fee is approximately 200 Canadian dollars, the fee for the CRNE exam is 500 Canadian dollars.

You will also need to have a work visa in addition to your interim permit. Once you take and successfully pass the CRNE exam, you are no longer considered “interim” and will be a fully registered nurse.

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