I live in Ontario Canada too. I haven't started my nursing education, but after reading this board for a few days, I must say I am getting very nervous and may not even pursue a nursing career. Why? Because I wanted to take the three year diploma program offered at the community college, but I was too late registering for the September 2001 intake, which is the last intake for diploma nursing in Ontario.
So, instead I will be waiting until 2002 to take the BScN offered at the university. I could probably get in to the BScN this year, but I can't afford it yet. After reading this board and hearing how unqualified BScN's are, I wonder if it is even worth pusuing. Why, if BScN's are less prepared, would they set the standard at a minimum requirement for BScN's for all nurses registering after Dec. 31 2004?
This standard was determined with input from nurses already in the field. Yet, I keep hearing on this board big arguments for and against minimum standards, and infighting about who is more qualified, has more clinical experience etc..
I currently work as a bartender, and I thought there was alot of cattieness amongst women in this job, but we get along great compared to what I have witnessed on the board.
Don't get me wrong, I have enjoyed reading this board and there is alot of great advice, and for the most part an understanding atmosphere, but I am really second guessing whether I want to go into this setting. I am NOT second guessing about wanting to be a nurse, and caring for people, just everything else that goes with it.
I don't want to spend four years of my life, not to mention the Ca$h ,getting my BScN only to go into what I know I would love to do and have everyonr think I am some snot because I had to go to university through no choice of my own.
OK, 'nuff rambling, thanks for listening.