ADVICE for Students in Ontario RPN vs RN - page 2

I have seen many threads, students asking advice/opinion on weather they should take the RPN or RN program. I just wanted to share my experience and opinion on this subject as a RPN. I completed... Read More

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  3. Visit  darthgela} profile page
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    Thank you so much Nursebetty1975.... I am going into PN at Centennial in Sept and plan on doing the bridging courses. You just solidified that decision for me!!! Much appreciated!
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  4. Visit  FutureNurse18} profile page
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    Vintage Andrea,
    Congratulations on getting in!! I know it's an older post but I share a lot of similarities with you. It has also taken me years of preparing with hopes of getting in.
    I went to University did 3 years of my BA in law, working at a vet hospital. I have great highschool marks but I found with all the number of applicants increasing each year it becomes more and more competitive and the requirements have been changing etc.
    So I went to nightschool and upgraded all my pre-requisits. I just recently applied to the RPN course at Niagara college, Sheridan and George brown. I am waiting to hear about the acceptances for the Jan start.
    I was wondering how you are finding the program at Mohawk and after your first year do you still see yourself bridging and eventually completing the RN course?

    I would have also liked to do the RN course, but due to life.. finances and my debt from my previous degree I find it very challenging and was also looking into doing the briding course.
    But I am hearing mixed reviews. I have Friends who are both RPNs and RNs and the RPNs love what they do and dont recommend doing the RN and are happy with the hands on care...while my RN friends love what they do but recommend the RPN program only due to the amount of pressure put on you to do the same work.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks a bunch!
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  5. Visit  IrishErin} profile page
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    Quote from FutureNurse18
    Vintage Andrea,
    Congratulations on getting in!! I know it's an older post but I share a lot of similarities with you. It has also taken me years of preparing with hopes of getting in.
    I went to University did 3 years of my BA in law, working at a vet hospital. I have great highschool marks but I found with all the number of applicants increasing each year it becomes more and more competitive and the requirements have been changing etc.
    So I went to nightschool and upgraded all my pre-requisits. I just recently applied to the RPN course at Niagara college, Sheridan and George brown. I am waiting to hear about the acceptances for the Jan start.
    I was wondering how you are finding the program at Mohawk and after your first year do you still see yourself bridging and eventually completing the RN course?

    I would have also liked to do the RN course, but due to life.. finances and my debt from my previous degree I find it very challenging and was also looking into doing the briding course.
    But I am hearing mixed reviews. I have Friends who are both RPNs and RNs and the RPNs love what they do and dont recommend doing the RN and are happy with the hands on care...while my RN friends love what they do but recommend the RPN program only due to the amount of pressure put on you to do the same work.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks a bunch!
    I am a RPN in Ontario and I plan on bridging, just not quite yet! I love my job and I'm happy with what I do. I just want to learn more, and possibly teach clinicals later on in my career, which requires a BScN. I think that I did the right thing by doing the diploma program first. I will have a lot of experience to bring to the table later on when I do decide to bridge
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  6. Visit  vintagePN} profile page
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    Quote from FutureNurse18
    Vintage Andrea,
    Congratulations on getting in!! I know it's an older post but I share a lot of similarities with you. It has also taken me years of preparing with hopes of getting in.
    I went to University did 3 years of my BA in law, working at a vet hospital. I have great highschool marks but I found with all the number of applicants increasing each year it becomes more and more competitive and the requirements have been changing etc.
    So I went to nightschool and upgraded all my pre-requisits. I just recently applied to the RPN course at Niagara college, Sheridan and George brown. I am waiting to hear about the acceptances for the Jan start.
    I was wondering how you are finding the program at Mohawk and after your first year do you still see yourself bridging and eventually completing the RN course?

    I would have also liked to do the RN course, but due to life.. finances and my debt from my previous degree I find it very challenging and was also looking into doing the briding course.
    But I am hearing mixed reviews. I have Friends who are both RPNs and RNs and the RPNs love what they do and dont recommend doing the RN and are happy with the hands on care...while my RN friends love what they do but recommend the RPN program only due to the amount of pressure put on you to do the same work.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks a bunch!
    I'm going into my final semester now of the RPN program, and I've loved it! I think I will really enjoy being an RPN, regardless of where I work. Mohawk uses the PBL model, same as McMaster...which means you essentially teach yourself. Lots of group work, and you do the work on your own prior to class. Teachers are obviously there for clarification, but it is very independent. I can't say I'm really a huge fan of it, but I've done really well regardless.

    I do plan on bridging to the BSCN program, just not sure when. I personally love critical care and would like to work in those areas so I need to bridge to be able to work in critical care. I also just love education and want to learn more and deepen my knowledge. So yes, one day I hope to bridge. Might not be right away, but one day.

    Good luck!
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  7. Visit  l.k.mckenzie} profile page
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    I have just applied to George Brown in Toronto for an RPN. I have found out there is a Bridge program to become a RN. Could someone please explain how this bridging program works?
    Also, What is the demand like for RPN's vs RN's? What are some of the major differences that an RN would do or not do compared to a RPN?
    Thanks
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  8. Visit  loriangel14} profile page
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    There are several bridge programs available for RPN -RN.They are 3 years long if you go full time. There is very little difference between the scope of an RPN and an RN. Where I work I cannot give IV push meds, cytotoxic IV meds or go into management.Demand will dpend on what area you are looking in.
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  9. Visit  SuAlaska} profile page
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    The problem is, this being said, here is my concern (and I mean absolutely no offence!)
    Why would people hire an RN if an RPN could do the same thing for $10/h less?
    (also: in all serious: are scrubs that bad?)
  10. Visit  ohmychonny} profile page
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    Quote from SuAlaska
    The problem is, this being said, here is my concern (and I mean absolutely no offence!)
    Why would people hire an RN if an RPN could do the same thing for $10/h less?
    Well in Ontario, the government finally realized that, thats why they been cutting RNs and replacing them with RPNs because the government is running out of money.
  11. Visit  nursebetty1975} profile page
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    Thats what I too Fiona59, i worked as an RPN for awhile, and of course it does help when you have experience and Are already a nurse ... Its not at all like when you go to school the first time around, and you can apply what you are learning daily because your working ... Do it only & if its right for you
  12. Visit  MarsyTee} profile page
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    Thank you for such a detailed post! I'm currently doing co-op within Southern Ontario and see both RPN's and RN's doing pretty much to same work! I was wondering why they are getting paid differently but now, that has been answered! Thanks!
  13. Visit  burberry} profile page
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    I understand that rpns are getting paid less for doing generally the same tasks but it is also significant to consider the education difference, tuition fee and also the difference in knowledge. If the difference between pay is based on just the task then it would not be fair that we are getting paid less than physicians as nurses work more physically. These days the pay is usually based on the education and the degree. Rpns are skillfully but they don't have enough theory and research to help them guide their practice.
  14. Visit  Silverdragon102} profile page
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    Quote from burberry
    Rpns are skillfully but they don't have enough theory and research to help them guide their practice.
    What do you base this on? They too have a scope of practice and they too can do their theory and research but just because they are not a RN doesn't mean they can't do their job. I have met many LPN's whether it is in Canada or in the UK and they could run rings round some of the RN's that they worked with. For many they didn't want to do bridge to RN or go straight for RN due to a few things like finance, family or it didn't fit in their lifestyle at that particular moment
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