Disclaimer: This post is not based on the official CRNBC information. It is based on my understanding and my encounters with others on the path to getting their Registered Nurse (RN) qualifications/experience recognized here in Canada. Thus, the information below may or may not be updated or factually correct. I do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information provided by me. Under no circumstances will I or anyone related to this content be responsible for any loss or damage resulting from any reliance on the information or other content posted or linked by me. For the official information, please go to the links below.
Nursing in BC website
After the CRNBC IEN SEC (College of Registered Nurses of B.C. - Internationally Educated Nurses - Substantially Equivalent Competency) assessment there can be 4 possible outcomes.
- Can start immediately - Provisional license is granted for immediate employment as a provisional RN. I have not personally met anyone under this category but it is a possibility.[Addendum on 13-Feb-2012]One of my classmate's spouse is a Filipino-trained nurse who did well enough to be in this category. She did her supervised practice but failed in the CRNE. Thus she plans to re-attempt the CRNE at a future date.[Addendum on 02-Apr-2012]Today, 2 South Asian classmates told me about a Singapore-trained RN whom they both know, who has only 2 months of nursing work experience in Singapore. The Singapore RN passed the CRNBC SEC assessment, obtained her provisional licence and started her supervised practice immediately.
- Can start after completing a few short courses - Provisional license will be granted after the applicant completes a few short courses (some may even be done online if preferred). I have recently met a registered nurse from Philippines with 3+ years of Medical/Surgical ward experience who said that he has only 3 short courses to complete, including one on the B.C. health care system.
- Can start after completing a 1-year re-entry course - Provisional license will be granted after the applicant completes a 1-year full-time nursing re-entry course. My case.
- Not accepted for registered nursing in B.C. That is, the applicant is required to complete an entire basic nursing education program before being considered for provisional registration. Again, I have not personally met anyone under this category. [Addendum on 20-Jan-2012] I just learned from a GNIE classmate that there are those who failed the SEC and had to re-do the entire 4 years of basic nursing education as their next step.
I have a friend who originated from China, did her initial nursing education (in Mandarin Chinese) and practiced as a registered nurse in China. Thereafter, she migrated to Singapore and practiced as a registered nurse in a Medical/Surgical ward for 6 years. In 2010, she migrated once again -- to Canada. She did the IEN SEC in Alberta earlier this year (spring 2011) and fared pretty well, requiring to complete only a few short courses before she can obtain her provisional license from Alberta. The short courses include Professional English, the Canadian health care system, physical examination & health assessment and O&G courses. As B.C. recognizes nursing registration from the other Canadian provinces, my friend plans to practice in B.C. after applying to transfer her registration.