I loved reading, “I really appreciate your interest in our story, I felt relief when I am writing you my story,just to know that someone out thre who really wants to help us and hear us is more than enough.” This is my mission, so I am glad you felt the support and interest! When it comes to the disappointment, and disillusionment, have you read the tag encouragement?
Every once and a while I get an e-mail that I know, immediately, will be one posted on Dear Kim. Your e-mail is such an e-mail. Why? Because what you have written is a common experience. It is so common for people from the Philippines to struggle with their English score and not understand why the required scores are so high and so hard to obtain. Many, like you feel frustrated. And it is common, in this frustration, to give up.
I am fully aware that as immigrant we have to upgrade our profession here in Canada,but not as we expected that it is hard for us to do so.Especially our english exam which they have a high passing mark ,like they want us to be perfect , which is for me is not in reality.
While it may seem like the acceptable score on the CELBAN must be perfect, the skill requiring a near perfect score is listening, 10. At this time you are fortunate that a 10 is not required and all the skill areas. It is possible, that sometime in the future, the scores for reading, writing, and speaking will be increased. It is important to note that the required scores on the CELBAN are at a university level of English for reading, writing, listening and speaking. The scores are attainable, and have been reached by many Internationally Educated Nurses including those from the Philippines. The scores are attainable by you, if you believe in yourself. You must, however, be willing to do the work to turn your weaknesses into strengths, to develop your skills, to increase your vocabulary, and to improve your accuracy.
The medium of communication in Saudi Arabia is english and I dont have any problem there for 16 years,I’m just wondering why here in Canada we have difficulty reaching our dream to be a nurse.
In Saudi Arabia, the standard of English is I based on the fact that Internationally Educated Nurses come from many nations. In Canada the standard of English is based on the fact that you are now competing with nurses educated in Canada in English.
- Unfortunately, from many people from the Philippines who have been educated in English, many are overconfident about their English level. Many think that the English is strong enough that they do not need extra courses to help them to pass and the English exam. They do not understand that their English is at a high school level, and why they cannot pass an English exam not understanding that the requirements are a university level.
- Other people are concerned about finances. They do not want to spend money unnecessarily. They do not understand is that by investing in education and taking English classes and preparation classes they are more likely to achieve their dreams.
There are extremely wise people from the Philippines, who have understood that the need to turn their weaknesses in English into strengths. They’re willing to invest in themselves and in education knowing that when they do they not only enough themselves up, but they also lift up their families and their communities. In doing so, they increase their income quicker. In doing so, they obtain all of their dreams quicker.
I think i have to redo (my CELBAN)all because that is the new policy of all the nursing body here in Canada ,if you fail one you have to redo all
The reason why you have to redo the whole exam when you fail one skill is because of how the CELBAN was created. The CELBAN was created with two parts:
- The speaking component, where you enter the room and to meet two assessors.
- The group component, where you enter a large room and take the test with other IENs. The group component consists of the written parts: reading, writing and listening.
It is because of how the exam has been created that if you fail one part you must redo all of it. This decision was made by the creators of the CELBAN and not the provincial colleges of nursing in Canada.
I know that my weakness is writing even before
I am really frustrated but I have to stand in the ground because of my husband and son and one more year I will be 5 years out of my profession as a nurse,thats why I really need to pass the CELBAN this time otherwise its an end.
If what you are doing is not getting you to where you want to go; change what you’re doing.
- ” Don’t quit! I gave up on my dream, and I regret it.” OR
- ” I know it is hard. There were times that I wanted to quit. But I kept going. And now I am a nurse in Canada. If I could do it, you can do. It is our family legacy.”