1. What do other internationally educated nurses say about CARE?
"The support I received was most important. It was this constant guidance and splendid support that really helped me to get through. And through the network of the CARE Project I met others who were like me and had the same goals as me."
"From my point of view the CARE project is like a lighthouse giving me direction and helping me pass the exam...I was put on the right path in being able to achieve my goal of working as a nurse in Canada."
"Without the program I don't know where I would be today. I would probably have eventually received my registration and found a job nursing, but not for a long time. Without the CARE program, I would not have my license today and I would not be working."
"I'm glad this program exists because it gave me the training for the exam and the confidence to go for an interview."
"CARE for Nurses Project helped me to take the right path to success. They are friendly people who put a lot of heart in their work. Thank you CARE!"
"CARE for Nurses helped me get registered as a nurse in Ontario."
"The CARE for Nurses project gave me an individual plan that was made after identifying my learning needs."
"The CARE for Nurses project helped me realize my goal to become a nurses."
"Thanks to CARE for Nurses, now I have a better understanding of nursing in Ontario and the confidence to practice here."
2. How do I find the CARE for Nurses Centre?
The CARE for Nurses Centre in Toronto is located at: 45 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 512. We are located at 1 traffic light east of Yonge and on the south side of Sheppard. Just across the street from the Sheppard Centre.
The CARE office in Hamilton is located at 100 James Street South, Suite 2. We are located at the corner of James Street South and Hunter, downtown Hamilton, one block north of the GO Centre.
3. How do I register for the CARE Centre program and supports
If you are interested in participating in the CARE Centre program, the first step is to attend an information meeting. At this meeting, you will find out all the details about how the CARE Centre works. At this point, if you are interested in moving to the next step, you will book an interview with one of the CARE facilitators.
During this interview, they will review your eligibility for the program and determine whether you need a language assessment. If you do NOT require a language assessment, you will work with the CARE facilitator to identify what your strengths and challenges are and how best to achieve your goal. At this point, you may decide to become a registered member of the CARE Centre.
If you DO require a language assessment, we will tell you how to get a language assessment. The assessment will determine whether your English skills are sufficient to achieve success in our program. If you do not yet have the benchmarks that you require, we will refer you to other English language training programs. Once you have achieved the required benchmarks, you are welcome to register with the CARE Centre if you meet all the eligibility requirements.
4. How long does it take to complete the program?
The program length will be different for every individual. It depends on what courses and services you decide to participate in. For most people, it will take between 6 and 12 months (for nurses who are deemed exam eligible by the CNO) on a part-time basis to complete the program.
The program may take additional time depending on requirements of the College of Nurses.
5. How do I begin the process of becoming registered as a nurse in Ontario?
The first step in becoming a registered nurse in Ontario is to contact the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO). This is the regulatory body for nursing in Ontario. The CNO is also responsible for ensuring that registered nurses practice according to professional and legal standards. The phone number for the CNO customer services department is 416-928-0900 extension 5051. Ask for a registration package to be sent to you.
Once you receive the CNO registration package, read the instructions and follow them carefully.
When the CNO has received your registration application and supporting documents, they will assess your file. You will be notified in writing as to whether you are eligible to write the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam (CRNE) and/or the Canadian Practical Nurse Registered Exam (CPNRE) or whether you require additional upgrading.
For more information about the registration process, visit the CNO website Applying for Registration page.
6. How do I know whether I have an intermediate-level of English?
Your English language skills will be assessed using the Canadian Language Benchmarks. Individuals will be assessed in listening/speaking, reading, and writing. To be eligible to join our program, you will require the following benchmarks:
Listening/Speaking: Canadian Language Benchmark level 6
Reading: Canadian Language Benchmark level 6
Writing: Canadian Language Benchmark level 6
7. What study resources should I be using to help me prepare for the registration exam?
The following books are recommended resources that will help you to prepare for the registration exam. These books can be purchased through any Community College/University bookstore or at a regular bookstore:
New Edition of the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam Prep Guide, 4th Edition, 2005. This book has just been published and is now available from the Canadian Nurses Association. You may contact the CNA at 1-800-385-5881 or email at email@example.com
Other materials we recommend:
The Compendium of Standards of Practice for Nurses in Ontario (available from the College of Nurses or you may download this document from the website www.cno.org)
The Mosby's Canadian Comprehensive Nursing Review, 2nd edition, Canadian editors Janice Marshall-Henty and Penelope D. Vernon
The Code of Ethics for Nurses by the Canadian Nurses Association
Current Medical Surgical Textbook for Nurses
The Canadian PN Exam Prep Guide, Published by Assessment Strategies Inc., 2nd edition
Mosby's Comprehensive Review of Practical Nursing for the NCLEX-PN Examination, 14th Edition
We recommend that all books used for self-study are Canadian based.