Quote from joanna73
I moved last year from the GTA to Alberta. I work in a small rural facility in a charge role in LTC. Yeah, I know, people think LTC...bleh. It depends where you work. Our population is very acute, and we keep them when they're unstable, so I'm maintaining all of my acute care skills, and making a lot more money than I would anywhere in ON. Alberta pays better, and there are always positions in rural areas. I miss the city, but I was hired before I wrote my exam and moved immediately. I'll never regret it. You may have to move. The months you spend searching and waiting may mean experience somewhere else. My first year is up, and the loans are almost paid. Also, rural locations provide opportunities to learn additional skills. Something to consider.
Hi Joanna73. Can I ask you how did you obtain your offer from an Alberta employer since you were in Ontario? Also, what are the steps to transfer the CNO registration to CARNA registration? I am seriously considering the Alberta relocation thing (of course with a sound job offer) but I need all the info before planning anything. I graduated with hon (RSU) in Oct '11, passed the CRNE exam (1st attempt) and I have acute care past nursing experience (surgery and anaesthesia) outside Canada. Of course, all these things do not count for any employers I've applied so far here in Toronto/Mississauga/Oakville/Brampton and this is my area limit because I do not drive...I am also concerned about my husband's potential job prospects once in Alberta. He is in buying for a major company; loves his job and is pretty well paid. I personally do not want to have a career that I am in love with and him to be unable to find something good or least attractive. All I could do, besides daily employment application and tons of crying, was to register in a NICU certification with a community college since my dream is to work with premature babies one day. I am sad and very disoriented. I do not even know if it is a good idea to start working with agencies since they do not provide any/much orientation because despite my prior past experience I feel I need orientation since here is another country, another healthcare environment per se and this is my first time to work here (if ever!!). Any advice/input is appreciated. Thanks.