Special thanks to Salley O’Neil who kindly offered to share her advice and experiences to help others. Hopefully her insight into nursing work in Vancouver will be of great benefit to those looking to find nursing jobs in Canada.
Note: This article is written for Vancouver, British Columbia, but the advice is applicable to all provinces in Canada.
When arranging a move to Canada to work in nursing, the most important thing is to not leave your country without first arranging your accreditation in Canada. Time differences and trying to contact people over email is not easy.
Forms from your home country can take weeks to be completed and processed while over here in Canada, but may only take days when you’re in Ireland. Forms have to be sent directly from the institution. Therefore once you have made your mind up to immigrate, applying for your registration is just as important as applying for your visa.
While waiting for registration if you happen to be in Canada:
There is an abundance of live-in caregiver work, but if that isn’t for you then it’s tough to get work in the health care field.
The main employment agency in Vancouver is Coastal Health, so I thought that would be my best bet to get a caregiver position while waiting.