Nursing in Quebec - page 2

Hello Fellow Canadian Nurses; I am a new grad nurse who graduated from a university program in Ontario. I initially became registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario and I decided to work... Read More

  1. by   clemmm78
    As a Quebecer, born and bred, I find that last post insulting.
  2. by   Teachchildren123
    OUF! I am so glad that everyone is happy!
    I am trying desperately to find out few things from working in Qubec's hospitals.
    What is your pay per hour? When do you have overtime pay? How is the pension calculated? How many patients do you take care in medical, ICU, telemetry units? Shifts differentials to anyone? Extra for week-ends? Do you do your own BGT (blood glucose testings), breathing tx? Is there MD doing rounds at night? Do you feel independent at your workplace?
    I am trying to make my decision still to come back to Qubec (Gasp region) or not.
    Thanks for your comments and advice!
  3. by   arita2
    Quote from clemmm78
    As a Quebecer, born and bred, I find that last post insulting.
    Hi Clemmm,

    I grew up in Edmundston, NB and went to French parochial schools. I am currently living in Arizona and would eventually like to return to Canada as a Nurse. I will be studying Nursing these next 3 years and hope it is not as difficult as some posters seem to insinuate to work in Montreal.

    Any advice?

    Marguerite
  4. by   clemmm78
    Quote from arita2
    Hi Clemmm,

    I grew up in Edmundston, NB and went to French parochial schools. I am currently living in Arizona and would eventually like to return to Canada as a Nurse. I will be studying Nursing these next 3 years and hope it is not as difficult as some posters seem to insinuate to work in Montreal.

    Any advice?

    Marguerite
    Hi Marguerite,
    Did you keep your french up? You don't have to be completely fluent in French to pass the French exams, but you do need a working knowledge. Understandable since many of our patients are French, even in the so-called English hospitals.

    Also, the Order of Nurses of Quebec have established a new type of licensing exam. It's funny because I see many new nurses criticizing the old-fashioned sit-at-a-desk-and-answer-hundreds-of-questions licensing exam, but when the ONQ came out with this new type of exam, there was nothing but wide spread condemnation at it being so different.

    What our exam involves is some theory but also practical. Stations are set up with various scenarios and you are supposed to react with your nursing skills. Most new nurses I know passed on the first attempt, the others passed on the second.

    Once you are licensed, there is absolutely no problem finding work. All hospitals are hiring and almost in every department.

    Good luck and I hope you follow through with your dream. We need good nurses here, just as they do everywhere else.
  5. by   arita2
    Quote from clemmm78
    Hi Marguerite,
    Did you keep your french up? You don't have to be completely fluent in French to pass the French exams, but you do need a working knowledge. Understandable since many of our patients are French, even in the so-called English hospitals.

    Also, the Order of Nurses of Quebec have established a new type of licensing exam. It's funny because I see many new nurses criticizing the old-fashioned sit-at-a-desk-and-answer-hundreds-of-questions licensing exam, but when the ONQ came out with this new type of exam, there was nothing but wide spread condemnation at it being so different.

    What our exam involves is some theory but also practical. Stations are set up with various scenarios and you are supposed to react with your nursing skills. Most new nurses I know passed on the first attempt, the others passed on the second.

    Once you are licensed, there is absolutely no problem finding work. All hospitals are hiring and almost in every department.

    Good luck and I hope you follow through with your dream. We need good nurses here, just as they do everywhere else.
    Thank you so much for your answer:flowersfo... a m'encourage beaucoup! I love my French heritage and culture and truly look forward to being "home" again, and anywhere in Canada is home... but more so Qubec and N.B. : )
    My grammar is a little rusty, but I understand very well when it is in spoken or writen form. I did learn to read and write in French before doing so in English, and since all but my core nursing courses are complete, I will have the opportunity to do a grammar review class or 2 before finishing.

    Again, thank you for the note!
    Marguerite
  6. by   sgts
    Hi,

    I'm from the U.S., sorry to hear about your dilemma. Here in the U.S. especially where I'm working, we try to recruit nurses when they are in their senior year enticing them to apply to our hospital after graduation. I think we have been very successful. I have a new grad in our unit that graduated last year.

    good luck!!!
  7. by   Teachchildren123
    Dear arita2, we should join our effort into studying for the OIIQ exam! I am slowly preparing to move back, may be in 2 or 3 years. How about you?
    Marie ( Buffalo, NY pour la gaspsie bientt).
    Nous sommes de vrais voisins!
  8. by   arita2
    Quote from connyrn
    Dear arita2, we should join our effort into studying for the OIIQ exam! I am slowly preparing to move back, may be in 2 or 3 years. How about you?
    Marie ( Buffalo, NY pour la gaspsie bientt).
    Nous sommes de vrais voisins!
    Allo Marie!

    It will about then for me to, if not a little longer. I would love to study for the OIIQ exam with you, even from a distance when it is time. For now, Nursing core and French refresher courses at NAU will be "mon voyage". :smilecoffeecup:

    I hope we stay in touch to encourage each other along. With proper motivation, we can do ANYTHING! umpiron:

    Bon courage!

    Marguerite ( Tucson, AZ poour Montral bientt!)
  9. by   Mariam Nasir
    Hi Noon, I'm Mariam....after reading your email, I just wondering as to whether I will be able to register myself here in Quebec....Quebec is part of Canada and you are graduated inCanada even though it is not in Quebec and you have been experiencing this kind of difficulties......oh gosh...just imagine as it to me......As you said they are short of nurses and yet it took so long for them to process your application...now I'm just wondering whether I should go through the hassels.....anyway thanks for sharing your difficulities at least I have a n idea of the process.Thanks again andhave a nice dayMariam
  10. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    To register as a nurse in Quebec you have to be fluent in French. No ifs, ands or buts. And instead of passing the CRNE, you have to pass the exam administered by FIQ which is written entirely in French and pass a clinical assessment. There are even more hurdles to obtaining registration in Quebec than there is in any other province. Their nursing shortage isn't going to shrink any time soon...
  11. by   Mariam Nasir
    Dear Janfn,

    Thank you for your kind information, actually I'm ok even though I am not working.......that's why I only wanted to work as a part timer just to keep myself update and in contact with clinical skills......

    I am not going to make myself like a fool just to work here in Quebec....afterall I don't think any nurses should make themselves a fool, there are so many other countries who are much better.

    Well I don't think God will do that......plans are plans and not necessary to be working here and I guess God will bless whatever we do and I believe that God will always there for us for help.....

    So my plan is to be a full housewife.....

    Mariam
  12. by   NurseRNA
    I am a registered nurse assistant, I have been working in this field for 2 yrs now. I work in a long term care facility in Quebec. Yes I know there is shortage of nurses in the hospitals here but our quebec gouvernment cut backs dont make it easy on a person. They usually minimize the hours per nurse or work overtime so much you have a burn out. I believe if the gouvernment made it interesting for the professional workers they wouldn't have shortage of nurses. Dont get me wrong I love doing what I do the money is only a reward, I cant explain it.
  13. by   Mariam Nasir
    Hi NurseRNA,I can understand what you are trying to tell because I feel the same way too...back in my home country - MALAYSIA......I was awarded 3 times - Excellence Award for all my achievements in my work...I am very dedicated and love my work so much.....from Registered Nurse( Surgical Ward ) to Registered Midwife ( A & E, Labour Room ) then promoted as a Nurse Manager in again surgical ward. Went to Hong Kong for my WOCN training, leaving behind my 3 little kids at that time.....back opened up an ETN centre, promoted as a CNS then promoted as a Nursing Officer in the In - patient department then same position in the Ambulatory Department.I involved with all the wuality aspects of the Nursing division, planning all kind of workshop and seminars and even managed to conduct an intrnational attachmnet around the Asia Pacific region on wounds and stomas up to 5 batches......Came here because my husband got to work here and was thinking to do part time job a a RN...good enough....coz I miss all the work I do back home and at the same time to keep up with clinical skills BUT WHEN I HEARD ABOUT THE HASSELS THAT I NEED TO FACE...I just told myslef forget abt it...there are so much to contribute and yet we are unable to do so.....it is quite frustrating but as you said we love doing what we have doing all this while and the money is a reward form God...But I guess in contributing to the healthcare industry...not necessary to work in the hospital, with the knowledge and skill we still can contribute to whoever that need it.....All the best to youMariam

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