I thought there was a shortage!!!!>NOT< - page 2

Here's a long story in a short way... I signed up for the LPN course here in Saskatchewan about 2 weeks ago. I was told all I needed was to have my grade twelve transcripts ready for when they send... Read More

  1. by   Paprikat
    It's like this is BC, too, friends have put their names in a few years ago, and are just starting to go now. They started offering it at a private college here also, and apparently they are booked years in advance. It is unfortunate....BC is royally screwed up now with the healthcare system....major cuts announced today.
    I would recommend that you take pre-req's or try the long term care aide course, it may give you an edge. I don't know about distance ed, but that may be something to look into. Have you tried the Open Learning Agency (OLA)? I don't remember the website address, but it should work if you type in the keywords. I'm sorry for the situation that you are in. We need more nurses, it is unfortunate that it is so hard to get into.
  2. by   misti_z
    hang in there:kiss the whole process is stressful. go ahead and do your special aid classes and learn as much as you can. get all you pre reqs so you will be ready when they call. you will be a before you know it.

    do any hospitals near you offer the lpn program? the hospital i work at offers the program with the contract that you work for them after you get your licence.

    good luck!!!
  3. by   Mkue
    Ohio is no different. Some of the 2 yr. RN community college programs got in trouble a few years back due to their low pass rate, so now they are only taking the cream of the crop. Mostly the 4.0 students, that is sad because many of the 3.0 and 3.5 students are just as qualified.

    It is unbeknownst to me why these community colleges try to push students into other majors such as radiology, medical technician, which there is nothing wrong with these programs but they are painting a picture to the would be nursing students, to forget about waiting for the Nursing program and just go into something else, well that is GREAT for the school as they can still make money off of these students.

    I agree with the above posters, go ahead and get all the prerequisites that you can. Many schools now are asking for prerequisites to be finished before starting clinicals.

    I can understand why there would be a shortage of faculty for these programs as faculty are not paid what they are worth either.

    What I don't like is when schools push students to go into another area just so they can keep the $$ at the school. A young student of 18, 19 or 20 may not realize this is done, unlike someone my age.
  4. by   Cindy/Canada
    wow...thanks for all the great support. You people are great.

    I begin my Special~Aid/Homecare course in June. I will then follow your great advice and start taking classes by distant training provided through the University and get some of the harder classes out of the way "just in case" all this falls together before my retirement....haha!

    Anyrooo...thanks again for all the great posts and keep them coming if you have any more ideas!!

    Warm hugs...Cin
  5. by   Jenny P
    Cindy, you wrote you were interested in the LPN level of nursing; did you look at ADN programs, or do you live where only BSNs can be RNs?
  6. by   Q.
    Originally posted by alansmith52
    My dear:
    the shortage is not about he number of people coming into nursing. It never really has been. schools are full and some have waiting lists; the problem is the faculty.

    hy is there a shortage of nursing faculty? Becaue the pay is the worst at the university. you can make about 20000 more working as a nurse than you can by teaching it.
    matt
    Precisely Matt. That, and once a nurse graduates, he/she quickly leaves the field in about 2-3 years.

    Just as there is a shortage of bedside nurses, there is a shortage of nursing EDUCATORS.
  7. by   Cindy/Canada
    Jenny P

    I believe the course I want to take is the ADN program.

    Warm hugs..Cin
  8. by   JMP
    Degree as entry to practice is now here. I do not know about your province, but the degree has taken the place of what used to be a three year DIPLOMA RN. (now it is a 4 year degree in Ontario to graduate, but does not change the status of any RN working) If you want to teach, be a clinical instructor etc........ you will need a Masters, as BScN is now entry to practice.

    Lots to sort out with this change, but right now, I would advise you to take a hard look at the RN program where you live. Do what you have to do to get into it......many more jobs and opportunites for you, as a RN. Just do it. You can, and it may take longer than you first thought, but it will be worth it.

    I had to go back and take math and chemistry....... had to get a tutor for the chemistry........ took me 4 years of hard work, but I did it. It all comes down to how bad you want it.
  9. by   Cindy/Canada
    JMP....

    Thanks for the advice but schooling for a RN isn't in sight for me. I live 2 hours from the nearest University. I have 4 children, one of them disabled. My husband has a great job....but not great enough to support me in a city 2 hours away. I want to further my education and a 15 month course in my own town is much easier on my family than the RN route. I understand that my career as an RN would be more benificial in many areas...but...my family must come first and my education second.

    Have a great week...cin
  10. by   traumaRUs
    Skip the LPN and to straight to the RN, is the only advice I have. I too have a son with a lot of health needs. In some ways, I went back to school so I could take better care of him! I have been an RN ten years now, graduated at 33 yrs old. He is (very fortunately) an adult on his own and doing so very well.
  11. by   Cindy/Canada
    Ummm....I can't. I can not move my family because I want to go to school. I willnot do this to my husband or my kids.

    I'm getting frustrated. Do you all expect me to uproot my kids...not to mention the hardship it will put on my marrage...and move to another city?....I came here to get a little support because I was angry about the way schooling is handled in my province...I live in a nice city...my kids are very involved in the community as well as myself. We have a nice little house across froma park. My husband has a STABLE job. We are a happy family. I WILLNOT uproot any of this so that I ...at the age of 37 can go back to school.to be a RN. If I lived in a place where they offered the course it would be a different story.
  12. by   nursing 101
    Cindy,
    Don't get upset or frustrated because you will need that energy to think about what is best for you. And may I add that ONLY YOU know what's best for you...
    Let me tell you what happened to me and why I am so grateful to this board. I was always interested in being a nurse but hated the fact that you had to be on a so long waiting list. I decided to go for the LPN and got accepted waited about 6 months from the time I applied (supposed to start next June). But I found this site and I have been so amazed of how much I didn't know about nursing. Needless to say after much posting and getting all the information I needed from everywhere I could possibly imagine I decided that LPN is not for me. I have applied and got accepted at a BSN program and will start in the fall. It's going to take me 3 years (and only because I have most of my liberal and pre-req classes) I'm still missing Chem and A&P but I won't be on a waiting list because those are the only classes that I'm missing and thank God for me the Dean will let me enter the program as soon as I finish those classes (he put it in writting too... lol).
    Now I swear to you If I didn't come across this board I would have still be interested in the LPN not knowing that I had a better shot at going for my BSN.
    Needless to say that we are only trying to let you know what's out there and the different options that you have. But at the end YOU make the decision.

    I'm 28 and I have a 2 year old son. My husband has a stable job. I'm going to school full time. That means no shopping for me for the next 3 years ahead and I will have to sacrifice alot. But that's what I want. And i hope in the end it will be worth it.

    Hope you get in the program that you want... Keep us posted!
  13. by   Cascadians
    It is possible, in the United States, that if the need becomes desperate, hospitals will again offer the 3-year Diploma program and recruit their experienced RNs in concert with school instructors to be part of the educational program.

    Somewhere there must be a web site with a database of hospital diploma programs?

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