October 17, 2018: International RNs can Help Fill the Canadian Nursing Shortage:

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There is good news for internationally experienced nurses with sufficient English proficiency looking to relocate from their homeland to pursue a Canadian nursing career opportunity.

Canada is in the grips of a nation-wide nursing shortage, which is driving the urgency for trained RNs and LPNs across the country’s health-care industry, and demand is growing year after year.

A stable and sufficient supply of nursing professionals continues to be one of Canada’s greatest health-care challenges, largely due to an aging and retiring nursing workforce. Employers in every province across Canada are looking for qualified candidates, which means there is an immense opportunity for you to shop around for the best nursing jobs around the country.

If you want to be a nurse in Canada and are looking to pursue your Canadian nursing license, there’s never been a better time to secure a position as a nurse in Canada’s health-care workforce.

According to the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), if the health needs of Canadians continue to change according to past trends, and if no new policies are implemented, Canada will be short almost 60,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) RNs by 2022. RNs with skills and experience in specialty areas (e.g., emergency, critical care and operating room) and those willing to work in smaller or isolated communities are in the most demand and most often have the highest salaries. For example, Nunavut nurses had one of the highest wages ($80.53/hr) in the country in 2017 and in the Northwest Territories earnings reached $70.80/hr according to Canada’s Job Bank.

70th Brazilian Congress of Nursing (CBEn) Conference

On November 13 to 16, 2018, OMNI College will join international health-care professionals as an exhibitor in the city of Curitiba-Paraná, Brazil for the 70th Brazilian Congress of Nursing (CBEn) Conference, promoted by the Brazilian Nursing Association (ABEn).

This conference will bring together individuals who have an interest in different fields of nursing and is aimed to inspire, empower and educate the international nursing community under the theme: The Process of Care as Centrality of Nursing.

As an attendee, the conference will furnish an exceptional opportunity to speak with OMNI representatives who will be on hand to provide information on their programs and services on how to become a licensed nurse in Canada.

If you are an internationally-educated nurse (IEN) wanting to become a Registered Nurse or Licensed Practical Nurse in Canada, the full-time, 18-month OMNI Nursing Review Program can provide you with the skills required to meet Canadian standards and language in preparation of achieving your nursing license. All students, however, enrolling in OMNI’s Canadian Nursing Review programs must already be registered as an RN (not LPN/RPN) from their country of origin.

Top 3 Benefits for OMNI Nurse Graduates in Canada

1. The Stability of the Canadian Nursing Profession

The nursing profession is not equally regarded in countries around the globe; however, according to the 2017 annual Insights West poll results, nurses are the most respected professionals in Canada. It is the second consecutive time nurses have topped the list, with the same ranking; more than nine in 10 (92 per cent) Canadian respondents said they regarded nurses positively.

The expense and financial challenge to relocate to British Columbia from overseas is a struggle for many; however, OMNI RN graduates can anticipate an above average ROI; you can expect to make half of your tuition and recoup your cost of living expenses within a couple of years, which is an excellent return on investment.

Nursing salaries in Canada vary greatly due to a wide range of factors including location, certification, specialization, and experience. With the huge shortage of nurses in most Canadian hospitals, nurses can expect to put in a lot of overtime, which can significantly supplement your income. The CNA reports that annual salaries of RNs, LPNs and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) range from about $40,000 to $80,000. With the CNA predicting a continued shortage of nurses into the foreseeable future, there will be a steady stream of Canadian nursing jobs available throughout the country.

2. Invaluable Guidance and Advice

OMNI College is regarded as one of the best nursing schools in Canada and is well-known among its graduates in providing the highest level of support necessary to achieve your goals to transition into the Canadian health-care workforce. You will receive valuable insight from OMNI advisors about the procedures and systems of the Canadian nursing system. OMNI’s longevity (established 1999) in the industry makes them well-positioned to support foreign students in their journey and will help you to navigate the ever-changing regulatory process in Canada, which is extremely complicated.

3. Government Accredited and Credited Instructors

Since its inception, the College has established a proven success rate: more than 95% of OMNI students who have written the Canadian Registered or Practical Nurse licensing exam have passed. It’s no surprise then that OMNI instructors are health-care professionals with highly esteemed reputations as educators, which has helped position OMNI as one of the best Canada College nursing institutions.

OMNI College is accredited and fully licensed by the Private Training Institutes Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education in British Columbia. The Government of Canada under the International Student Program (ISP) as a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) also recognizes the College. It’s important to understand that if you are a full-time student enrolled in eligible programs at DLIs, you may work part-time during your studies and full-time during scheduled breaks without a work permit.

Your Canadian Nursing Opportunity Awaits

The key to a successful nursing experience in Canada is to plan ahead — visiting with an OMNI representative at the CBEn Conference is your best first step in a journey that will lead to a successful cultural and educational transition into Canada’s nursing workforce.If you are considering attending the CBEn Conference, register early!

For more information contact the OMNI Richmond campus and head office in British Columbia or call: (+1) 604-279-1800. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets for the 70th Brazilian Congress of Nursing Conference.

June 5, 2018: OMNI Launches New Mentorship Program for Students

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OMNI College is proud to launch a new Mentorship Program for students.  Similar to a Big Brothers or Big Sisters program, the OMNI mentorship program comprises OMNI alumni who are volunteering their time to ‘pay it forward’ to help other internationally-educated nurses, just like them, become successful in Canada.  All mentors who have signed up for the program are OMNI graduates who have current jobs as nurses in Canada and who have transitioned well into the Canadian workplace.  The program will allow new incoming students to be matched up with an OMNI mentor, as a source of inspiration to help support them through their journey. 

An internationally-educated nurse who has uprooted their lives overseas to come fulfill the dream in Canada can often find the journey to be very tough. Not just with regard to training and studies, but also with the registration process, the stringent requirements, and maintaining the focus and determination needed to reach their goal.  For the last 19 years since OMNI first started training IENs, the process to gain nurse registration in Canada has become progressively even more and more complex.  But students who are matched up with a mentor, with someone who has walked in their exact shoes before and who has made it, can be greatly inspiring and help the student gain the insight and motivation they need to stay focused on their end goal to become a success.  “That’s the main goal at OMNI College – helping our students become successful as nurses in the Canadian workplace”, says Jade Burke, President of OMNI College. 

Louise Levinson, Program Director at OMNI College reports that “Every month, usually at least 1 OMNI alumni comes back to visit the College.  I can see the instant reaction from our students in class.  The hope and encouragement they feel after meeting someone who got through the challenges and the hurdles is a powerful message that they can make it too.  It is deeply impactful and motivating.  We are very proud of our alumni who have volunteered for this, and of having the opportunity to create this type of mentorship”. 

The mentorship program was a joint effort created together with one of OMNI’s graduates, Aki Tanaka, an IEN originally from Japan.  Aki was a student at OMNI College in 2011.  Ever since, she has been working as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Room of downtown Vancouver’s largest hospital, St. Paul’s.  Similar to many OMNI graduates, she has remained in touch with the College following graduation.  “New nurses from Japan would always ask me how I did it, and whether I could advise them on what they need to do.  I would always tell them about OMNI College which is where I did my studies.  I started thinking about mentoring them as well, so I emailed my old college and connected with Jade, who told me that although they had considered a mentorship program in the past, they were unsure how many of us graduates would have the time or would be willing.  So when I approached her, it was the reassurance she needed, and everything quickly fell into place.  I’m so proud to be a part of this, and help other IENs just like me”. 

The response from graduates has been very promising.  When the message first went out to graduates, alumni quickly came forward to offer their participation in becoming a mentor.  Burke says “Our students have always told us that one of the most special things about being here is that every student is in the same boat together, and so the instant friendships, the support and the family comradery formed here are priceless.  Connecting each student to a mentor will further that support for them and help them realize their highest potential”. 

The launch of OMNI’s new mentorship program kicked off today with the start of the June 2018 class. 

About OMNI College

OMNI College specializes in health care programs that prepare foreign-trained health care professionals for work in Canada. The College is an accredited, private post-secondary education institution located in Richmond, a bustling suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Visit www.omnicollege.com.

August 12, 2014: National Nursing Assessment Service

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August 12, 2014 – The Launch of a New National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) in Canada

Last week on August 12, the new National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS) began accepting applications from Internationally-Educated Nurses interested in becoming licensed in Canada.

Previously, IENs interested in becoming licensed in Canada would apply for registration directly to the province of their choice – through the applicable nursing regulatory body of that province and according to the specific requirements and assessment process of that body. With the new NNAS, an IEN’s interest, education and credentials will initially be assessed by the NNAS before their file can be sent to the provincial regulatory body.

June 16, 2014: OMNI College is a Designated Learning Institution

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JUNE 16, 2014 – OMNI College is pleased to announce that it has qualified as a Designated Learning Institution by the Government of Canada

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Earlier this month on June 1, 2014, the Government of Canada released the new International Student Program (ISP), and OMNI College has qualified as a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) under this program.

The main purpose of this new ISP is to protect the integrity and reputation of Canada’s high-quality education systems. As of June 1, 2014, study permits will only be granted to international students who have obtained a Letter of Acceptance from a Designated Learning Institution, such as OMNI College.

June 1, 2013: Study Travel Magazine “British Columbia’s Tertiary Programmes”

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An article on the tertiary education market for international students interested in studying in BC.

“Tertiary course providers in British Columbia are busy catering for international students who have their sights firmly set on the job market in Canada.  As a consequence international enrolments are booming.”

Read the full story on pg. 26 of Study Travel Magazine

July 30, 2012: MSNBC: International Nurses Help Close Health Care Gap in Canada’s Rural Areas

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International Nurses Help Close Health Care Gap in Canada’s Rural Areas

updated 7/30/2012 9:00:00 AM ET

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA — Experienced international nurses looking to find work in Canada may have better luck in remote areas. Registered nurse staffing specialists say finding qualified nurses to work in the country’s small towns is an increasing challenge as baby boomers, who currently dominate the nurse workforce, near retirement.

“The most open opportunities for immigrant and international nurses are in the most rural parts of Canada,” said Melane Mullings, senior recruitment specialist with pRN Staffing Solutions, a Canadian-based RN recruitment firm. “Internationally-educated nurses who take a course and pass their Canadian Registered Nurse Exam are likely to land a job in their field if they are willing to relocate to remote areas.”

OMNI College Joins “Partners For Life” With Canadian Blood Services

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 10, 2012: OMNI College today announced that it has signed on as a Partners for Life organization with Canadian Blood Services.  Organizations who participate in the Partners for Life program pledge to donate a certain number of units of blood each year.

Every minute of every day someone in Canada will need blood or blood products. And while roughly 1 out of every 2 people are eligible to give blood, only about 1 out of 60 actually do.

The College will be holding its very first blood donation event for students and staff on the afternoon of Friday, July 13th, 2012.

“This is an excellent opportunity to work together as a team towards a very important goal,” says Jade Burke, President at OMNI. “This initiative is an opportunity for staff and students to give back to their communities in a unique way.”