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Joined Oct 23, '09 - from 'Edmonton, Alberta'. itsmejuli is a Home Care Supervisor. Posts: 2,380 (41% Liked) Likes: 2,876

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  • Aug 19

    Don't let regrets consume your soul, be grateful for the here and now.

  • Jul 31

    Get yourself an NCLEX study book such as the one by Saunders and practice a few hundred questions a week. The book and cd both have rationales.

  • Jul 27

    I'm about to find out the difference, I just moved from Florida to Calgary, Alberta.

  • Jul 21

    Quote from sauconyrunner
    Have you seen anyone about how to deal with stress. I am frankly astounded at everyone who is suggesting you just go find another type of job. In dealing with anxiety the only way to conquer it is to experience it and learn ways to cope. You may have heard the phrase, "The only way out is through" It's so true. If you continually move away from things because, "I can't deal with it" you won't learn to deal with it. If you like being a bedside nurse, fight for it. Go see someone who can help you, and get through it. It will help your nursing, and also help you feel so much better ALL the time!
    For many of us its just not that easy, I wish it were.

  • Jun 18
  • Jun 13

    Don't let regrets consume your soul, be grateful for the here and now.

  • Jun 4

    What irritates me is how taxes are applied per pay check. I got whacked with taxes on overtime and stat holiday pay and then when I filed my tax return I got that money back without interest.

    I'm sure you can do the tax calculations yourself if you know your base pay.

  • Dec 2 '16

    You've already been written up and put on 6 months probabation, now you said you're thinking of "going over their heads".

    Your employer has no obligation to hire you or anyone else into a GN position. Even though your probabtionay period is over you are at a disadvantage over
    a new hire GN because of the disciplinary action.

    So your choices are to be the best tech ever at your current job and hope the nurse manager recommends you for a GN position or start looking for a GN job elsewhere.

    As for "going over their heads"....don't go there, you'll just make waves that will probably do more harm than good.

    You'll get farther in life with sweetness and sunshine.

  • Nov 20 '16

    I've had multiple "careers" over my many years and collected many college credits due to not knowing what I wanted to do. So at the age of 45 I went to nursing school. I've been an LPN for 5 years and would love to go back to school to change careers again but at my age I don't want to take on any debt or start over again. And I have to add that I don't even like living in the same city, state, province or country for more than a few years.

    I don't like bedside nursing at all. I am fortunate to be working in home health where my job is to supervise, train and mentor home healthcare aides. I actually love this job, its the best job I've ever had. Its routine in that I know all of the aides I supervise and I'm familiar with most of the 300 clients we care for. But each day is really never the same as there's always something going on that I need to take care of.

    Not every one wants a routine life where everything is the same every day.

    Life is short. Do what is in your heart and have no regrets.

  • Nov 2 '16

    A little about me.

    I'm a Canadian immigrant, my parents came to Canada when I was 4 yrs old.

    I'm also an IEN, I had married an American and did my LPN training in the USA. I had considered continuing on to RN but by doing extensive research I discovered that in 2011 it was better for me to come back to Canada as an LPN.

    My daughter-in-law is American and now living here in Alberta. She completed the SEC and was told she'd have to do the bridge program. She didn't complain, she understood that her nursing education didn't meet the provincial nursing standards here in Alberta.

    I work with mostly new immigrants to Canada. Some were nurses back home, in fact quite a few of them were trained nurses back home. None of them have complained about how difficult it is to become a nurse in Canada. Nor do any of them feel entitled to a nursing job here in Canada.

    One of my co-workers left her family behind in the Philipines 4 years ago so she could start a new life here for her family. She left her husband and 3 children behind. This year the family will finally be reunited. She doesn't complain, she's excited to have a new start for her family.

    Another co-worker was a nurse in India, she left behind her husband and children to start a new life here in Canada. She hasn't complained about the process to be a nurse here either.

    I knew another IEN from India, she has a Master's Degree in nursing. She came over with her husband and left her child in India. She has extensive nursing experience but she is working as a home health care aid. She didn't complain either. She's well aware of the process to become an RN in Canada and will do it when she's ready.

    So please don't assume that any of the Canadian posters on this board have anything against IENs.

  • Nov 2 '16

    I love Google, look what I found by typing in "Ontario IEN bridge"

    Ontario Immigration - Working as a Nurse in Ontario

    This link lists resources and training for IENs.

  • Oct 27 '16

    If you were working as a nurse and arrived late "quite a few times" and blew off getting a TB test done or getting some other job requirement completed what do you think would happen?