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Canadian Experience Program for Internationally Educated Nurses

Are you a Registered Nurse who is new to Canada and looking for Canadian experience to put on your CV to find employment in this province? CRMC has a scheme specific to your needs. You can gain RN experience at our facility through our Canadian Experience Program (CEP) that will transition you from internationally-trained to Canada-experienced RN. You will be able to use this to find employment as a Registered Nurse elsewhere after you complete the CEP. In addition, you will gain hours necessary to renew your license with the CRNA. The nurse manager will help you to achieve all your competencies and to build your CV and personal portfolio to maximize your chances of success at your next job interview after you complete the CEP.

Our program allows you to:

In addition, the program includes also the following online and in person courses that will help you build on your knowledge and skills, and improve your CV:

  • Diploma in Clinical Nursing Skills - Accredited by the MEDCoE of the US Army

  • Nursing Studies, Communication and Transcultural Factors - Accredited by the MEDCoE of the US Army

  • Consent Training in Health Care - Accredited by Apex Learning

  • Physical Examination - Accredited by the MEDCoE of the US Army

  • BLS Provider certification - Accredited by Heart & Stroke

  • English Language for Healthcare - Offered by Study Hub (for graduates who come from non-English speaking countries)

In order for you to apply for entry to this program, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. You must be already licensed by the College of Registered Nurses of Alberta and hold a full and unrestricted RN license (a GN license is not accepted for this program)

  2. You must be either a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or holder of an open or USMCA work permit

  3. You must pass our interview and all stages of our hiring process

  4. You must obtain a clear FAMA-enhanced background check

If you meet requirements number 1 and 2, and you are interested in this opportunity, apply by sending an email to us by clicking here. Remember to attach a copy of your up-to-date CV. If your application is selected, we will contact you for an interview.

The program is 480-hour long and may be completed in three months, 40 hours per week, on a full-time basis. However, applicants who successfully complete the CEP but wish to remain on it after its completion to maintain their skills up to date and achieve the practice hours needed to renew their license while looking for paid positions elsewhere, or those who need to remain on the program in order to complete their top-up degree, are welcome to do so on a part-time basis (Post-CEP Retention Program or PCEPRP). The PCEPRP requires you to complete 5 hours a week, which meets the minimum requirement to maintain 1,125 hours of currency of practice over 5 years needed to renew the license with the CRNA. The Post-CEP Retention Program may be remunerated.

Please, note that if you only hold an RN Diploma, and not a BScN, or BSN, or BN, you are very unlikely to find a job in Canada as a Registered Nurse. You may still apply to this program, but we strongly suggest that you complete the Post-RN Bachelor of Nursing at Athabasca University. You may decide to remain on the program until you complete your RN-to-BScN top-up degree as you will need to be currently practicing in Canada to be able to complete the Athabasca University program.

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