I’m from the Europe and I’m one year in Canada, because I have a work permit for one year.( until October 2012 )
In the Europe I’m a Regristred Nurse, but in Canada I have to do a lot of things before I can work in a hospital.
In November Last year I started with English at Global Village, I also passed the FCE exam; First Certificate in English.
On this moment I’m following a preperation course for IELTS, but this is sometimes difficult and mostly not medical related.
I saw on the list from CARNA with the required language that it is also possible to do the CELBAN test
What do you reccommend me to do, the IELTS or the CELBAN
Are there any classes which I can join or do you have more information about it ?
I don’t have a CLB score, but I will try tomorrow to do a on-line assessment.
I hope you have enough information about my
Thank you again
Four years ago when I started teaching CELBANPrep, I met an IEN from Europe who came with a work permit. For her it was a horrendous experience, as she has travelled to many places and had her nursing background honored so that she could work as a nurse, but here she could only get an unlicensed position as a nursing assistant, and that was after a long time and a lot of hard work. Eventually she went back home. But she returned to Canada last year, as a permanent resident. Her knowledge of the process to become a nurse and of French allowed her to get a job more easily in Quebec. So although you said a lot in your e-mail, I am understanding the situation more deeply because of her experiences.
How long is your work permit? Are you planning on extending it? Where are you with your CLB? How are you doing with grammar? Have you used any advance grammar books? This can improve your score in reading, speaking and writing, when it comes to the CELBAN.
What are your plans for the future? Were you planning on migrating? Or were you just here for a few months/years? The reason I ask is because the process with CARNA takes more than two years, not including the English.
You may want to check out my blog, Dear Kim. Many of your questions will be answered about IELTS, CELBAN, becoming an RN and more.
Please feel free to write back, with more questions. I look forward to your answers,
Thank you for your answer.
My Workpormit is valid until 2nd October 2012, so I have quiet a few months left.
I’m not sure about what I want to do in the future, but it might be possible that my husband and I try to immigrate to Canada
Lately I was at the Mount Royal University , and people told my the full length of time before I’m able to work as a Regristerd Nurse.
Now I want to know If I can achieve that level of English, or if it is too difficult for my to learn it
On this moment I’m following an IELTS preperation class until the end of June or July.
I tried to search on the Celban site for a Exam date, but there are a few possiblities because I leave this country by October 2012
I did the CLB test last Saturday, reading and listening came with a score between 6 and 7 on level 2
I am going to answer this e-mail as if we were already friends.
Considering that your work permit is until October, and you may or may not apply or even get an extension, I suggest you have fun exploring Canada. There are such vast differences from one coast to the other, with cultural mosaics across the land. Summer is here. Calgary is a beautiful place, but so it is in many other places. You may discover that you would rather live in a different city or a different province, if you do migrate.
Each province has a different process to become an RN, but all take from 2-5 years, and cost about $5000. That is not even considering the English. Your English score is very good, very high. It is good enough to carry a conversation and be quite capable. But the Colleges of nursing require a level of English at the university level because you may be required to take courses at the university level, from 8-10. It takes time to go from a 5-6 to an 8-10. (Even at the LPN level you need to have 8’s.) So I recommend you focus on your English. take this opportunity to immerse yourself. Find a job you like, where you can talk to people all day. You will have to do this anyway, get what is called a survival job, if you decide to migrate.
What I am saying is that it is better to reframe your experience here from becoming a nurse, to expanding your competence with the language. In the mean time enjoy yourself, explore and see what Canada has to offer.
I have a subscriber to CELBANPrep. She is here in Canada working as a nursing assistant in Banff. I asked her how she learned about Banff. She told me she came to Canada as a visitor. She got a motorcycle and drove from Vancouver to the Maritines… even with really poor English. She saw everything Canada had to offer, and decided that she wanted to be in Banff. She went home, continued with her life, and started her immigration process. Although she has to deal with the same stresses as other IENs, when it comes to studying and becoming a nurse here she is very happy. She is doing activities that she enjoys, and loving life. She has a garden plot, in a community garden, goes biking and hiking when she if free, and enjoys where she is in the world.
Canada had such great variety, there is a perfect place for everyone: but what is a perfect place for one is not a perfect place for another. And when a person is not in a perfect place there is more stress, but in the perfect place there is life.
My friend in Quebec, she went from a life of stress in Alberta to a full and complete life in Quebec.
So please Anna, please consider the adventure before you. Please consider all of the opportunities before you. Focus on your English. People from Asia send their children to Canada to learn English: not by taking English classes with a focus on an English Proficiency test, but by being immersed in the language by living here. English Canada does the same sending children to Quebec on language exchanges so their children learn French. So much more can be learned in life, from life, than in a classroom. Enter the University of Life.
It would be sad, I think, for you to spend your whole time in Canada in a classroom, with the stress of being a student. It is not that you can not learn the language, that it is too difficult, it is that it takes more time than you have right now. Our winters are exceedingly long. Our summers are so very short. Our country is so very beautiful, with so much diversity. Build within yourself a love for the country. It will feed your heart and spirit if you choose to take on a very long and complex process to become a nurse here.
Once your English is strong enough, and you have extremely high scores, then you can choose the province of your choice, and learn more about how to become a nurse there. The first step, English score, is universal across provinces. The next step differs depending on where you live.