Well, I actually would rather to finish my education in the United States since I'm a US citizen. I dont know if I could live my entire life away from my family in the states. So I would like to finish my schooling here so if I ever decided if Canada just wasn't for me,lol. It was just a thought to see how being a CNA compared to being one in the US. Also most CNA courses in the US is no longer than 6wks. I had 3 weeks of class work and 1 week of clinicals 8am-3pm.There is some CNA programs that are 5months long and expensive as ever and they teach you the same skills. After the 1st 3 wks I had to come back 2 weeks later to take my State Exam. The state exam consist of 75 questions and 5 skills you must do in front of a Registered Nurse who is the examiner. CNA's do everything but administer drugs and give meds also they are under the supervison of LPN's and RN's. They are the eyes and the ears for the Nursing staff. They spend more time with the pt's then anyone else on the floor. And answer more call lights then they have down a hall,lol.
I'm thinking that your PSW is the same as our LPN( License Practical Nurse) or LVN( License Vocational Nurse) in the state of California and Texas. The schooling is 1 year long 12-14 months. The LPN can do mostly everything a RN can do but pass some drugs. And in some states they can't push IV's I believe. And they usually work in Nursing Homes. In the States they have been rumors for years of them trying to phase LPN's and LVN's out. Also in some states they dont hire LPN's in Hospitals. They will never phase LPN's out though
Also we have PCT's who are CNA's but can take blood and read ekg's. The the chain of comand goes from top to bottom in nursing is Charge Nurse, RN's,LPN,CNA. I also agree with you poster above. I will obtain my BSN before I head up North, Toronto!