Non-Canadian RNs can help reduce the shortage of nursing students in Canada by registering at a private career college for certification and license preparation.
You will be very welcome and very employable once you are familiar with the Canadian healthcare system and, as a nursing student, upgrade your qualifications to work in this country.
There is a Serious Shortage of Nurses and Nursing Students
There is a shortage of nurses in BC and all across Canada and the number of nursing students preparing to graduate in the next few years will not be enough to fill the gaps, which means this shortage is expected to continue for some time to come.
The lack of nurses is caused by a number of factors but primarily because our aging population requires an increased amount of healthcare, and Canada has fully funded, universal health care, accessible to everyone.
It has been recognized for several years that there are not enough Canadian nursing students to allow us to keep up with the ever-increasing need for nurses, particularly specialty nurses. There has, therefore, been an increased effort to recruit nurses from other countries to enhance our healthcare system.
If you are considering immigrating to Canada as an RN, it won’t take long for you to upgrade your credentials in this country and to find a good job.
Nurses are an Important Component of Healthcare in British Columbia
British Columbia, like the other provinces, considers RNs to be an important component of the healthcare system. Specialty nurses, in particular, are in very high demand:
- Acute care units: emergency rooms, operating theaters, ICU and recovery rooms
- Maternity care
- Public health care
- Home care (e.g., visiting care nurses)
All nurses in the province belong to the BC Nurses Union whose role is to negotiate contracts governing wages, benefits and working conditions and also to support individuals regarding their contracts with employers.
The government sets goals, standards and performance agreements for health authorities all across the province to manage and deliver care to hospitals, long-term care facilities, and public health and home care programs.
Nurses work closely with physicians, therapists, social workers, etc., and are part of, and active at, senior decision-making levels.
A Career College Offers the Preparation You Need
By registering at a private career college for certification and license preparation for nursing, you will soon be working as a nurse in Canada, and quite possibly in beautiful Vancouver. Nurses are welcomed from all across the world in Vancouver to supply care to a very diverse population of citizens who also come from all across the world.
- If you are from a country where English is already spoken, such as the UK, USA, Ireland or Australia, you need to register at a college to learn about Canada’s healthcare system and to gain experience as a nurse in this country.
- If you are from a country where English isn’t spoken but you can read, write, and speak some English, a career college will test your knowledge for placement in an appropriate English program. You can take increasingly difficult English courses and repeat courses until you have reached the level of English you require to work as a nurse, as well as upgrade your other qualifications.
- At a career college, registered nurses will find the courses and the help they need to meet the following requirements:
- Preparation for the IELTS 8.0 test, which is the International English Language Testing System
2, Preparation for the required NCLEX test, which is the National Council Licensure Examination
- One year of work experience as required for employment
You can help reduce the shortage of nurses in Canada by registering as a nursing student at a private career college for certification and license preparation. Maybe we’ll see you working right here in Vancouver, renowned as one of the most beautiful, livable cities in the world. We need your nursing skills to make it even more livable for everyone here!
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