Canadian Dream. - page 2

by Boots RN

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Hi Guys. just here to ask some opinions, insights or maybe some tips. I am a Reg. Nurse here in the Philippines. Probably by 2013 i would be a Staff nurse in one of the prestigious hospital here. and maybe after having at least... Read More


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    @mcLovin sad to hear your story... i hope you are in a much better condition now... and thank you for sharing your story... i still have 2-3 years to think about it... this is the reason i posted this topic because i wanna know things that could help me decide when or if my time comes...
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    @McLovin I'm sorry to hear your story! I can imagine how angry and let down you probably felt. I'm an RN myself from the US and I just recently turned in my application to CLPNA with the goal of eventually become an LPN. Since I only have an associates degree, I'd be wasting my time and money applying to become an RN. I already know I need additional schooling and I don't need to pay hundreds of dollars for someone just to tell me that. I figured maybe going the LPN route would be less complicated, but only time will tell if that's true. I've also thought about how difficult it would be for me to obtain a job in AB in the case that I am able to take and pass the licensure exam. I know for sure to definitely stay put in the US until I'm giving a job offer in writing.
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    McLovin, would you have accepted a no from an Indo-Canadian, Carib-Canadian? The truth is Vancouver and the entire lower mainland is saturated with nurses. Of course they will hire locally educated nurses first because often the government/taxpayer funded their education.

    When my family moved to BC in the '60s, my mother was a nurse in the UK, my father a master journeyman in his trade. My father went to the bottom of the union hiring board and took six months of working a day here and there to finding the job he retired from. My mother's qualification were never recognized. She never returned to nursing because quite simply they had no childcare for two children and my father couldn't afford to pay for the education she needed.

    Yes, there are underemployed professionals of all types in this country. But there are limited spots in the residency programmes for doctors, dentists, and veterinarians. Many I've worked with had such poor English that the patients have needed the nurses to act as translators. Hardly the best method of care.

    I work with LPNs who have Masters degrees in their homelands that simply couldn't afford the re-education in their professions.

    Non, regret the move and the struggle. But they also didn't expect to walk into the job of their choice and into a position of respect.

    As a single person you had the option that many families didn't or don't have. You could have moved anywhere. You chose to take your chances in the lowermainland one of the most expensive, hard to find employment cities in the nation. I remember when you started posting here and like many of your fellow posters you simply chose not believe what nurses here in Canada were telling you. That it was going to be very difficult and not the golden opportunity that posters from the Phillipines were telling us when they were telling us they were "the best nurses in the world" and were coming to Canada "to save nursing and show us how to do it"..
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    McLovin, sounds like you were moving to advance your career rather then become a Canadian. I believe if you spent your energies embracing the culture your career success would have followed. Thank you for honest report.
    BlueBow, Boots RN, loriangel14, and 1 other like this.


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