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- Feb 8, '12 by Fiona59I'd probably say do the PN diploma and then be able to decide if nursing is for you. I've worked with many BScNs who've told me they'd love to leave nursing but they still have student loans to payback.
One route to consider if you want to work outside of Canada is the ORTech or Ortho Tech specialty tags. Both have gone on overseas mission type projects from my hospital.
As Joanna has stated the wage disparity between RNs and LPNs is a huge bone of contention to working nurses. It's primarily down to the fact that (at least in my province) the RNs unions bargain hard and fast and mount campaigns about how only RNs can provide quality care and basically intimidate the public into buying it. These are the same patients who when they arrive in Acute Care for their surgeries are amazed to find out they will be cared for by LPNs. The sad reality is the RNs bargaining tactics may finally be pricing a lot of them out of the jobforce.
- Feb 8, '12 by OttawavalleynursingI think you have decide how long you want to study and how much you want it. I personally went into the RPN route because I had a family and didn't want to do the 4 year program. There were financial constraints that I was facing, so that was the right decision for me. I wanted to finish faster and start working faster. I also don't think there are 5 RN jobs for every 1 RPN. Where I work, they are changing the standard of care, and lots of RN jobs are being converted into RPN jobs. I'm not telling you to do the RPN program, I'm just saying you have to look at your personal situation. I'm personally planning on doing the bridging program, so eventually it is my goal to become an RN. Perhaps applying to other Universities such as Ryerson or U of T may be the answer.
- Feb 22, '12 by toronto_nurseI agree, RN jobs are being cut in the major cities like Toronto where I'm from and there are way more RPN positions offered. I completed the practical nursing diploma after my undergrad from UofT and was considering taking the second entry route at UofT or York. After discussing with many people including instructors who taught both the practical nursing and second entry nursing programs they all concluded that the practical nursing route is the better approach overall. Second entry routes being faster also lack clinical hours. The only downfall for the practical nursing diploma is the lack of research methods until the bridging program but for those who have done APA in their undergrad may not have too many issues with scholarly writing.
Every nursing candidate has to start off somewhere and It doesn't matter which route you take as long as you reach your ultimate goal of being the class of nurse you want to be.
- Feb 24, '12 by rita21I actually finished the RPN program and am bridging to RN. I have to say that this is the best route because now by working about 9 months before starting the bridge and then working 2 days a week I'm paying my tuition myself without relying on credit cards or student loans.
Also, I think being an RPN first makes you a better rounded RN eventually because its almost like your working from the ground up. You get to see LTC facilities, home care, flu clinics etc.
Also, I;m not sure about anyone else but i happen to think there are ALOT of jobs for RPN's out there (mostly because we are cheaper to hire than RN's) I recieved 4 offers of employment after graduation in the GTA. You just have to look and put your self out there.
- Feb 24, '12 by saintsThank you all for your comments.I feel much more confident about starting my nursing career as an RPN and honestly can't wait to start! Rita21,im really glad you mentioned the fact that you're able to bridge and still work at the same time because after 2 years of studying at York in addition to studying at sheridan im going to be about $20,000 in debt.Im also relieved that you mentioned that there are a number of jobs available-im hoping they readily hire new graduates as well-because i was concerned that i wouldnt be able to find much especially in the GTA.