How to Become a Nurse in Canada

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There is a huge demand for qualified nurses in Canada. If you are looking for a career that will provide you with job security and personal satisfaction then consider becoming a nurse. These steps will help you to become a nurse in Canada.

Things You'll Need

  • BN or BNSc degree
  • Nursing diploma

Become a Nurse in Canada

  • Decide what type of nurse you want to be: a registered nurse or a practical nurse.

  • Complete your nursing education. You will need a baccalaureate degree in nursing if you want to be a registered nurse, and you will need at least a nursing diploma if you want to become a practical nurse in Canada. Diploma programs typically last about three years, while the BN will take about fours years to complete.

  • Contact the nursing regulation body for the province where you want to work. A list of province contact information can be found on the "Canadian Nursing Association" website. These organizations will have all the information that you will need to register for and take your nursing license exam. You will need to take the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE), which consists of about 300 multiple choice questions, if you want to be a registered nurse, and you will need to take the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination, which has between 230 and 250 multiple choice questions, if you want to become a practical nurse.

  • Find a job. Nursing jobs in Canada can be found at hospitals, nursing homes, private residences and home health-care agencies. If you are not a Canadian citizen, make sure you are eligible to work in the country before you start looking for a job.

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