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International RNs can Help Fill the Canadian Nursing Shortage

International RNs can Help Fill the Canadian Nursing Shortage

October 10, 2018

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.