I am a Canadian Nurse: - page 2

by Fiona59 3,282 Views | 26 Comments

I register with a College. I write CPNRE or CNRE to be issued a practice permit. I belong to a union. Now the thread is started. Keep adding. We know who we are. Perhaps it's time to let the casual readers of... Read More


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    I forgot to add something very important in my post...how on earth could I forget this?

    In FL I worked part-time and had no health insurance benefits. I mean no health insurance at all.

    Here in Alberta I have health insurance and my extended benefits only cost me $20 a month

    What I pay in taxes to support the healthcare system here in Alberta is far less than what I would have paid in Florida for health insurance premiums and out of pocket expenses for a private plan.
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    That you for this thread, I have learned my Canadian Neighbors have a systematic evaluation process to ensure safety for your patients. Canada has adopted the model of nursing the US has been talking about since the 1960's the LPN is skilled bedside nurse similar to the diploma nurses that the US had years ago and RN is a Bachelors Prepared nurse who has 12 years of education prior to college.

    Nurses are respect in Canada, earn a decent salary and work together via the College. The US can learn some best practices from our Canadian Neighbor.
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    I work Labour Day and get paid time and a half and get an additional day off in lieu.

    I don't fear unions.
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    Quote from Fiona59
    I work Labour Day and get paid time and a half and get an additional day off in lieu.

    I don't fear unions.

    I wish we had that option. I worked yesterday and was paid double time and a half, but would gladly take time and half and bank the other pay for a paid day off.
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    Yup, it's a contract perk for full time staff or those temping in a full time line.
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    Quote from Fiona59
    Yup, it's a contract perk for full time staff or those temping in a full time line.
    We get paid double time and then another day off in lieu ie a "stat" day. so its really technically almost triple time (we get double time on the day we work and then straight time for 7.5 hours on our stat day)

    Does anyone know if its possible to "bank" your stat days and take it as days off instead of having it paid out? Like the way we can bank OT hours and use it to take extra vacation days off...
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    Quote from RN2B123
    We get paid double time and then another day off in lieu ie a "stat" day. so its really technically almost triple time (we get double time on the day we work and then straight time for 7.5 hours on our stat day)

    Does anyone know if its possible to "bank" your stat days and take it as days off instead of having it paid out? Like the way we can bank OT hours and use it to take extra vacation days off...

    I guess it all depends on your collective agreement. I asked about this through my union and this is not an option. I sure wish it was, because I would do it in a hearbeat!!
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    Under the Alberta contracts, you can bank your stat days. Most of my coworkers do and wind up with an extra ten days IF they work all the stats.

    I still have a couple banked from years ago.
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    Not only are we able to bank our stats but on my unit, they stay in the bank until you quit or die. Then they're paid out. 9 out of 10 time-back requests are denied out of hand. We've tried fighting this with no success. One nurse left a while back and his stat pay-out was more than $9000 in his pocket!
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    I would be the first to stand up and cheer everyone on with what has been said, but that is not my experience with one year of nursing under my belt working in Ontario.
    - Barely able to support my family as there seem to only be casual or part-time positions available
    - a zillion new grads vying for the same positions forcing a large majority of new nurses into ltc
    -ltc facilities providing poor managerial support and not enough orientation
    -not getting paid for breaks and also having no one to cover you so you can take them
    -regularly working a minimum of 45 minutes past the end of your shift and not getting paid for it (non-unionized facilities)

    Please do not say this is an anomaly because I have spoken to quite a few nurses where this is the case either working for agency or ltc in Ontario. I am one of many who have school loans to repay, a mortgage and a family and feel that at times the school and the government have misled thousands of students into thinking they will have work when they graduate and that is not so. Congrats to those that have had success in this profession since day 1. Please do not be naive and turn a blind eye to the rest of us who are working 3 jobs to try and secure full-time hours, who miss spending time with their family, who are bogged down with the stressful "feast or famine" scenario that new grads are fighting their way through today.


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