Which nursing license is right for you?
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Health Canada has been scrambling to fill the ranks of its nursing staff after the federal government announced it would be allowing licensed nursing practitioners to opt out of the federal mandate to provide free nursing care to all Canadians.
The move comes as the nursing profession is grappling with a shortage of qualified staff.
It’s been one of the biggest challenges for Health Canada to fill a growing pool of vacancies.
The government also announced plans to extend the current three-year period for applying for a nursing license.
“We recognize that nursing is an exciting field that is growing and needs to continue to evolve,” Health Minister Jane Philpott said.
“But our government has the power to change that.
It can make it more accessible to those who want to work in nursing.”
The new system will require nursing graduates to pass a rigorous test before they can become a registered nurse, which is a key requirement for the new licence.
In the past, graduates who took the test before January 1st of next year could apply for a license, but it was not yet clear whether they would be able to apply for the next three years.
Under the new rules, graduates can now apply for nursing licenses as early as May 25, 2019, but will have to wait until the end of March to apply.
It means that if a student wants to work as a registered nursing nurse in 2018, they will have a year to do so.
It also means that some nursing students could be able get the next two years of training before they’re eligible to apply to work.
Nursing graduates currently have to take a three-month refresher course before they are eligible to receive a nursing licence.
Health Canada says that students who pass this course will have two years to get their nursing degree.
The current requirements will also allow those students who have completed the three-day refresher to apply and get the nursing licence if they have a second degree, which currently only applies to graduates with a degree in psychology.
The new rules mean that some students who want a nursing degree can only apply to apply if they pass the two-year refresher before they have to get the second degree.
Health Minister Philpot says the change will give more people access to nursing.
“This is not just a new nursing degree, it’s a whole new way of doing nursing,” she said.
Health Secretary John Philpatt says the changes are good news for those who are waiting for a licence to become a nurse.
“The government has recognized that we need more nursing graduates, and they are now moving to make sure that we have the right supply of trained professionals in the workforce,” he said.
In addition to the two years for the refresher, students now have to complete a two-hour class and a four-hour practicum.
The first day of class, the course starts with a discussion about nursing.
The second day of practicum, which takes place in a private home, involves the student performing a series of tasks that can include breathing exercises, taking in air and speaking to a patient.
Students also need to demonstrate how to manage their emotions during the day.
The two-day practicum is also part of the four-day course that students take.
The courses will be available to anyone who wishes to take them, but the government says they are intended for people who are already working in the field.
The changes are expected to create about 5,000 new nursing graduates and give the health service more qualified nurses, who will be more capable of caring for people in nursing homes.
The health department has also been working on other measures to encourage more nurses into the field, including a $200-million funding boost for nurse training.
The nursing program will also provide nursing students with more training in community health, such as how to administer medication.
Health Canada has been scrambling to fill the ranks of its nursing staff after the federal government announced it would…