ADVICE for Students in Ontario RPN vs RN - page 2

by nursebetty1975

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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 the 2 year full-time Diploma... Read More


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    The Terms of Service of allnurses.com prohibits the posting of requests for purchasing any item or service, as well as posts offering the sale of any item or service. The books you're looking for are available at any university bookstore, as well as the online ones such as amazon.ca and chapters-indigo. You should be able to find second-hand ones at any of those places.
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    Quote from etobicoke973
    I am in need of some 2nd books for CRNE. Pls advice, where I should go to post the thread to buy the books.

    Thanks
    Go to the local library or look in a good book shop. They should have the books you need to study for the CRNE. Also check Amazon out
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    Best place to purchase the CPNRE guide is at the school that does the programme. I remember that the college bookstore ordered in only enough for the graduating class. It's not something they keep lying around.

    Every college and school has boards full of used books for sale.
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    looking for someone to study crne exam with
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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