At present there is a large shortage of nurses in Canada, and
this translates to mean that their are many positions available
for anyone wishing to nurse in the country.
A work permit is required to nurse in Canada and an employer must
first obtain this for you to practise as a nurse.
In general only those who have been accepted to migrate to Canada
have a realistic chance of gaining employment. However some positions
do become available and it may be worth the effort to look hard
if you really want to go and nurse in this country.
Anyone wishing to enter Canada to work must have the
relevant visa to do so.
Various forms of visas and work permits are available depending
on your length of stay in the country and personal crudentials.
Excellent information and course of action in gaining such a visa
is available from:
Canadian High Commission,
38, Grosvenor Street,
visit the Canadian
website @ www.canada.org.uk
During nurse training in the UK the main topic
areas covered should have included medical, surgical, obstetric,
paediatric and psychiatric nursing. Some of these areas may not
have been covered depending on the course of study, and with relation
to this, the various Canadian Provincial registration authorities
will inform you of their application requirements.
If you are eligible under the Provincial
registration authority, you will be asked to sit the Canadian
Nurses' Association Test Service (CNATS) exam.
This examination is
only held in Canada and is run four times a year, usually
in January, June, August and October. Check with the relevant
provincial authority as this may not always be the case.
The exam consists of around 300 multiple choice questions, and
is divided into two books, one book is written in the morning
and another is written in the afternoon. Three hours is given
to complete each book.
Further information and guidelines concerning this exam is available
on the Canadian
Nurses' Association website @ www.cna-nurses.ca
Each Provincial authority has its own regulations on
nursing temporary licences, and it may be possible in some Provinces
to practise on a temporary licence until you pass the CNATS exam.
In other cases a Temporary Licence will only be isssued after
the exam has been taken. Again it is important to contact the
relevant authority to find out their own procedure.
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