70K possible for a Toronto nurse? - page 2

Hi all, I am hoping to start by BScN at U of Toronto this coming fall. (I actually started a couple years ago, but realized a few weeks into it that I didn't want to take on any more student debt,... Read More

  1. by   Search
    orriginally posted by bellasalsera i like the idea of helping people, and i worked my way through my undergrad with comcare as a "homemaker". i briefly attended nursing school at u. of t a couple years ago and really liked it. just couldn't afford it!
    where are you applying?
    i've applied to uft and york. i'm leaning more toward uft because i did my undergrad at york and want a change of environment. considering the high level of applicants this year to both schools, i'll be thrilled to get in to either one. initially i was only going to apply to york, because uft application process seemed time-consuming. i've been out of school for 2 years and having to get in touch with a academic professor to submit a academic reference form, seemed like a headache. not to mention the personal statement requirement. however the whole process wasn't as bad as i thought it would be. what schools have you applied to? or applying to? do you intend on continuing work when you get accepted? do have a particular area in nursing you intend to specialize in?
    Last edit by Search on Feb 7, '07
  2. by   montrealRN
    I really wish you luck...and hope you will be happy with your decision. I remember many years ago applying to school..it is a hassle..but if it's your dream go for it girl!!! I am very happy doing in home training for specialty drugs..no school for me...looking forward to retiring...actually got at least 20+ years before that happpens. :chuckle
  3. by   bellasalsera
    Quote from Search
    I've applied to UFT and York. I'm leaning more toward UFT because i did my undergrad at York and want a change of environment. Considering the high level of applicants this year to both schools, I'll be Thrilled to get in to either one. Initially I was only going to apply to York, because UFT application process seemed time-consuming. I've been out of school for 2 years and having to get in touch with a academic professor to submit a academic reference form, seemed like a headache. Not to mention the personal statement requirement. However the whole process wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. What schools have you applied to? or Applying to? Do you intend on continuing work when you get accepted? Do have a particular area in nursing you intend to specialize in?
    I only applied to U of T. I did my MBA at York and like you, need a change. I also live close to U of T, and don't want to have to make the trek out to York every day--too much of a lifestyle change, plus I have a pug who needs attention at the end of the day. My best buddy! As for the academic reference @ U. of T, the nursing school just told me to use a work reference, as I have been out of school for 10 years. One thing I learned last time I applied to York is that their application process is a bit disorganized and I don't get the impressions that they have enough staff in the office to keep the process running smoothly. If I get accepted, I won't be able to keep my current job, but I will have to find part-time work. I figure the first semester I will not work, and just focus on getting re-adjusted to student life, and then after that look for something. The financial aspect scares me a lot. When I was accepted to U. of T. three years ago, I won one of those bursaries on their website, and I was really pleased, but it was only $1,200, which doesn't really go far. You should apply for them though--can't hurt!
    As for specialization, I think I would like labour and delivery. What about you?
  4. by   montrealRN
    oh I love pugs....they require alot of emotional support and love.
    I think that your best bet would be to go to U of T..closer to your baby
    I am sure you can find a part time job in banking....just to help you out financially...i truly wish you luck in your future endeveours... Specialize in something that you love,,,life is too short to do something that your not happy with....
  5. by   pedicare
    easily obtained here in BC - after a couple of years you will be at top level for a nurse and with O.T. you can easily make 70,000 in the first year
  6. by   m_chatelaine
    Try private clinics they pay a lot more! starting at $40/hr.

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