How to become a nurse in Canada.
The profession of a nurse in Canada is very popular. She is very well paid. Yes, and the status of a nurse in the Canadian society is quite high, compared with the status of nurses in Ukraine and other countries of the post-Soviet space. It is worth noting that the demand for professionals of this profile in Canada is constantly growing. This raises the question of how to become a nurse in Canada. Let’s try to figure this out.
What is a nurse in Canada and what kind of work does she do.
Unlike in Ukraine, the public status of a nurse in Canada is very high. People who have the appropriate license, enjoy the respect and respect of all segments of the Canadian society. Naturally, the work of such people is paid very well, even by Canadian standards. The junior medical staff is divided into several levels, depending on the qualification and the set of procedures to which experts of a given level are allowed.
At the very bottom are specialists called the Personal Support Worker (PSW). This is the initial level of the hierarchy of medical workers. They can be compared to the orderlies in Ukraine. Their task is to care for the sick and perform a variety of operations that do not require special medical training. Nevertheless, such employees have certain medical knowledge and can provide qualified care for patients.
Next come the nurses themselves. That is, junior medical workers who have special licenses for the right to work in their specialty. Today in Canada there are two main types of nurses:
Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). A nurse of a level that, apart from caring for the sick, can do most types of injections, produce medicines, measure blood pressure, help fill in primary medical records. In addition, they are responsible for the sterilization of medical equipment and the management of the actions of the PSW.
Registered Nurse (RN). This is a higher level. Such sisters work with the documentation and organize the work of the personnel of the two previous levels. They receive a license of a different type than the LPN. At the same time, such a nurse must have a Barchelor Degree in Nursing degree. She can give out appointments and even do some surgeries.
In any case, it can be seen from the above that, in some cases, a Canadian nurse performs the work of a doctor. Therefore, her qualifications should be at the highest level. This is ensured not only by the qualitative education of a nurse, which can be obtained at Canadian universities, but also through a special qualifying examination for the right to obtain a license from the National Council of NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination). It is worth noting that the requirements for this or that nurse level may differ slightly in different provinces of the country.
Why the demand for junior medical professionals in Canada is growing rapidly.
At present, the demand for specialists with a qualified nurse in Canada is at a very high level. Today, a nurse can easily find work in various types of medical facilities. In addition to polyclinics, nurses can work in nursing homes, various charity shelters and so on. In addition, Registered Nurse can have its own practice. In this case, it is called the Nurse Practitioner (NP). In some provinces, such a sister must have joint practice with a doctor, in others she is allowed to act on her own. The constant increase in the coverage of the population by medical care forces the Canadian government, and the provincial and territorial governments, to constantly create new jobs for people of this profession.
How to pay for the work of a nurse in Canada.
As already mentioned above, a nurse is a very respected person in Canada. It is believed, and not without reason, that such a person has a high level of intelligence and has a significant amount of knowledge. The pay of licensed nurses is at a fairly high level. In particular, a beginner Licensed Practical Nurse can fully expect 20 C $ per hour. A beginner Registered Nurse will receive from 23 C $ per hour. At the same time, wages in both cases will constantly increase. On average, in 2017, an experienced nurse gets up to 35 C $ per hour. At 40-hour week it is up to 72800 C $ per year. But nurses often have to work overtime. Such hours of work are paid at higher rates.
It should be recalled that the above numbers, this is the amount before tax, which in Canada is very significant. However, in the first years of work, you can get a tax rebate in the amount of up to 70% of the costs associated with studying in a college or university. Another attractive point in the work of a nurse is access to so-called benefits, peculiar bonuses. For example, it can be access to free massages or acupuncture.
How can I get a nurse license and start working.
To become a nurse in Canada, you need to undergo training in special medical schools, which are available in most colleges and in many universities. Nurses in Canada can study for 2 years, qualifying for Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), or 4 years, with a Registered Nurse (RN) qualification. The second case involves obtaining the degree of Barchelor of Science in Nursing. If after obtaining such a degree to study for another 2 years, then in case of success, you can get a Master of Science in Nursing. However, such a degree is needed only for research or teaching.
Currently in Canada there are quite a few schools with medical schools, in which it is possible to qualify for a nurse of both types. In particular, in Ontario, such universities can include:
Canadian Business College.
Canadian Beauty College.
National Academy of Health & amp; Business.
PTC Willis College of Business.
This is not a complete list of such educational institutions in Ontario. In other provinces, there are also quite a few similar educational institutions.
In any case, after graduating from college or university, for any of the programs, it is necessary to pass the NCLEX National Council (National Council Licensure Examination) qualification exam. At the same time, for each type of nurse there is a separate exam.
For Licensed Practical Nurse – NCLEX-PN.
For Registered Nurse & # 8211; NCLEX-RN.
Both licenses are valid throughout the United States and in all regions of Canada, except for Quebec. In Quebec, the Quebec Orders of the Nurses organization (Ordre des infirmieres et infirmiers du Quebec) conducts its own licensing exam for registration in the province.
Thus, the profession of a nurse in Canada is very in demand and well paid. In addition, nurses are respected by Canadian society. And you can become a nurse by studying the corresponding program at a medical school and successfully passing the qualification exam for a license to work in this field.
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