student nurse in BC

  1. Hi Everyone,

    I am a student nurse in BC. I am just interested in discussing something that we talked about in my class today. I am hoping that some of you will be from Ontario. Is it true that in Ontario nurses are not required to join the union? Are there any other provinces that have this same view?

    Also, is anyone here a NICU nurse? If so, did you need to complete a certificate in order to apply for this job?

    I look forward to talking with you all soon!!!

    alpvirgo
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  3. by   Little One2
    In response to your post:

    I'm a RN in Ontario. It is compulsory we join the union. The union is called Ontario nurses association. We also have to pay a monthly fee. They happily take this out of our pay.

    There is also the RNAO. Which stands for Registered Nurse Association of Ontario. This is optional. Don't have to be a member of this.

    Lee
  4. by   nurseman
    Originally posted by Little One2
    In response to your post:

    I'm a RN in Ontario. It is compulsory we join the union. The union is called Ontario nurses association.
    I am not a member of ONA and I'm working (legally) in Ontario.
    You can only join ONA (Ontario nurses association) if you are working in a facility where they have a collective bargaining agreement. I'm not sure if all the hospitals are under ONA or just the vast majority are. Most LTC facilities are under ONA but I believe a few of them are under the steelworkers.
  5. by   Little One2
    Originally posted by nurseman
    I am not a member of ONA and I'm working (legally) in Ontario.
    You can only join ONA (Ontario nurses association) if you are working in a facility where they have a collective bargaining agreement. I'm not sure if all the hospitals are under ONA or just the vast majority are. Most LTC facilities are under ONA but I believe a few of them are under the steelworkers.

    That is true. Not all hospitals or institutions are covered by ONA. But if you work at one that is covered by ONA, then you have to be a member. The Hospital for Sick Children is not under ONA. Most nursing agencies are not under ONA I think.

  6. by   adrienurse
    Help me here. How can you be considered a registered nurse if you are not a member of your province's governing body that provides this registration? Wouldn't that mean that you do not have a current registration and thus cannot call yourself an RN??

    Just a foreign concept to this Manitoban who has no choice but to be a member of the Manitoba College of Registered Nurses.
  7. by   Little One2
    Originally posted by adrienurse
    Help me here. How can you be considered a registered nurse if you are not a member of your province's governing body that provides this registration? Wouldn't that mean that you do not have a current registration and thus cannot call yourself an RN??

    Just a foreign concept to this Manitoban who has no choice but to be a member of the Manitoba College of Registered Nurses.
    Hi Adrienurse,

    We get our from the College of Nurses of Ontario. CNO. They produce the licensing exam. By passing the exam, we become registered nurses or registered practical nurses. RN or RPN. We have to be a member of the CNO. CNO is for the public, they give us the licences, of course we pay a fee.

    ONA is not in every institution. If you work at an institution where ONA is, then it is compulsory to be a member. ONA is there to represent the nurses.

    RNAO or RPNAO is optional.

    I hope this clarifies this a little better.

    Lee
  8. by   adrienurse
    Oh, I see. Way too many nursing organisations in Ontario
  9. by   JMP
    And to confuse things further YOU CAN be a RN in a ONA hospital and opt out- can't think of why you would want to.....but it is not manditory to join the union. I work in ICU and so do about another 140 nurses in our area alone and I don't know anyone who is not a member.

    Most home health agencies like VON are covered but not with ONA- same with nursing homes etc. Some nursing homes are with ONA but they have different contracts than the hospital RN's....read this to say LESS MONEY per hour.
  10. by   fergus51
    You also don't need to complete a certificate to go into NICU and can get in as a new grad in some places.
  11. by   tyro
    does anyone know how the Malaspina (Nanaimo, BC) nursing degree program is like?

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