Before I do, Congratulations!!!! Both on your marriage and your one year anniversary! And the baby! Wow! Is your life exciting! So many big changes!
A. Not necessarily. The interim permit is relatively new, and only given to certain cases that fit the specific requirements. I do not know the requirements, I believe they are on the CRNBC website. I am not current with my stats, but when I spoke with someone from CARNA, the Alberta equivalent to the CRNBC, I was told that although there are hundreds of applicatnts form Internaitonally Educated Nurses very few actually qualify for this permit. However, there is still hope.
A. Each application is reviewed individually. Education and experience are all part of the assessment. Requriements change. Right now they may be high and strict due to the economy. However, in the past when there was a nursing shortage (which will happen again as soon as people are not so fearful about the economy) the number of years of experience was not an issue in the same way that a student studying nursing in Canada can become a nurse without 5 years experience. (Can you send the link to the page stating this, or send the document so I can review it?)2b) what will be the other option for me to write that exam?
A.Which exam? The CELBAN? the SEC? the CRNE?
A. This is a good question. As stated before the process is individual. Once a person passes the English requirements they can start the documentation stage. During this stage documentation is provided from schools, employers and registration bodies to the college of nurses. It takes time for all the documents to be received. At this time they are evaluated and compared to the Canadian standards. If your education is similar to that of a Canadian nurse, then you may be permitted to write the national exam, the CRNE. If not your education and experience is evaluated for gaps in learning. To determine the extent of the gap you may be required to take one or more section of the SEC. (Some people get one section, others five.) Upon getting the results it is then determined if you will have to take upgrading courses at the college or university level. (Again this is individual, some people get one others get eight.) Some requirements are short workshops, others are classes. Some are by distance education, others are in classroom settings. Some funding may be provided, but overall being at the university level these courses are very expensive.Upon completion of courses and practicums, in Canadian hospitals, you would be granted a Graduate Nurse license to get your 225 hours. You do get paid for this time, around $25/hour. Mind you many people are so busy working they do not have time to study for the CRNE so take advantage of whatever time you have now to prepare for that. Also, I know of some IENs at this stage who, with the decline in the economy, were not able to secure a position although they had the license.At this point you can take the CRNE, there is a 70% passing rate for IENs on the first round. Some nationalities doing better than others. All nurse prospects must take this exam, even Canadians.
So P, it is a long process. It takes time and patience to be registered here in Canada. I know this may not be what you wanted to hear. But I think it is important to inform people. I have seen too many people struggle with dismay having hopes and illusions shattered.
We have a beautiful country. We have an aging population. We have great needs in the health sector. Right now it does not seem to be hopeful, but it is a great time to prepare. Because the doors will open again, and when they do you will be ready, if you use your time wisely. Others may not make this choice. They may be unmotivated or weighed down by the situation, not seeing the hope and the light in the future. When the doors open they will not be ready, and they will miss great opportunities.
Four years ago, when I began working with IENs, during the nursing shortage, each and every hospital had over 40 positions available continually, in various wards and specialties. Positions could not be filled. A time will come when it will happen again. I believe so much in this eventuality that I have continued to build CELBANPrep to get IENs ready. If I did not believe it were so, and there was hope I would have gone in a different direction. I would have closed the chapter of my life of working with IENs who had a desire to work in our hospitals with our mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, children, friends and children of friends. It is that personal to me. So although what I have shred may be discouraging, please know there is hope. Furthermore, I am here with you every step of the way!
P.S. Please read more at Dear Kim. Search becoming a nurse, SEC, CRNE, LPN, RN etc.