Thank you for updating us KIM, sorry that I was not able to get back to you. i am happy to inform you that I passed the CELBAN on my 1st try last March 30, 2014. Thank you for all the help, inspiration and guidance along the way of my studying. So I am doing my assessment now with CLPNBC and CRNBC. Hoping for the best. Goodluck to all and never loose hope, loosers are those who just giving up easily. God bless to all!!!! Cheers!!!!!
What wonderful news! How wonderful it is that you were able to pass the CELBAN on your very first attempt. You have made many wise choices along the way that will bring you success and allow you to achieve your goals when it comes to being a nurse in Canada. Yesterday, with the Hope Session , many of the IENs who attended have done as you have done: going the LPN route at the same time as the RN route. There are many reasons that came forward, and there was much discussion about how making this choice allowed IENs to maintain a degree of hope. While the path may be long, with lots of steps, an IENs that is presently an LPN and working towards her RN spoke about how she does not get discouraged about the process because she is a nurse in Canada, she is working as a nurse, she is in a hospital and she is learning. Several IENs mentioned that the increase in pay is also an incentive. There are fees and courses to take. In planning ahead these wise IENs have seen how becoming an LPN while working towards being an RN allows them to increase their income to be able to afford the costs of the process. One mentioned that in her province the difference between a non-licensed position and an LPN is $11 or $12. “That is a lot of money,” she said.
Two of the IENs that attended the Hope Session passed their LPN exam, that they took this past September 2014. Both of them are LICG’s with a TFW permit. One has only recently become a PR, the other is in the process of becoming so. Both have used their time wisely.
What you have in common with all four of these IEN licensed as LPNs in Canada is wise choices and determination. As you said they too, “never loose hope” and when hope fades, they know where to find it to restore it. Interestingly enough all of them spoke of thinking positively and holding on to their dreams with determination: not giving up easily.
For this reason, L, I know you will do well. I know that like them you will use your time wisely, and before you know it you will be practicing as a licensed nurse in Canada.