I'm a Canadian citizen living and working in Florida as a PN, I graduated PN last year and am working in an LTC.
My original goal was to continue on to RN and get my BSN here in FL before returning to Alberta, but now I'm having second thoughts and could use your input.
My family is all in Alberta; my kids left Florida because of the lousy economy here so now they're both in Edmonton working. Yeah, I miss them. My parents are in rural southwestern Alberta and my sister in Calgary. So its just me left in FL and I'm missing my family.
If I continue on to RN and BSN it'll take me 3 years and another $10k at least. I'm not getting any younger and really don't know at this point if its worth doing since I have no desire to work in a hospital. I also have to consider the economic situation here for the next few years, which is bleak.
I'm aware of the process for licensing as a PN in Alberta. I've already contacted CLPNA for an out of province application and I know there are specific dates on which the CPNRE can be written. I've also ordered the study guide for the CPNRE. Can you recommend other study guides?
I'm considering going to rural southwestern Alberta; the area around Lethbridge. I know the Good Samaritan Society has LTCs in that area. What are other entities that operate LTCs in southwestern Alberta? Can you provide a link?
Now some more questions; I know you can't give specifics but tell me what you can.
How hard is it to get a job as a PN in southwestern Alberta such as Lethbridge, Magrath, or Cardston? My parents are in Pincher Creek and I like that area of Alberta.
What is the nurse/patient ratio in LTCs?
Are there required additional courses that need to be taken before working in LTC?
Thanks for any advice you may have.