Trishrpn80 5,505 Views
Joined Jan 15, '11.
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I work at ST. Elizabeth in a rural area. I make good money per yr actually more in 2010 doing only homecare then in 2009 where i worked the hospital and homecare.
No shift work ( not a morning person)
Work every other weekend
My days off are my own - no call ins
Schedule fits my life
Able to write off my car, gas, office supplies on taxes
Lower wages than hospital per hr but has been made up in other areas
Doing paperwork in the evening sometimes
Some days u can b slow and others busy
Can have slow times at certain times but with hosp bed shortages the community is getting busier almost yr round
Need to have a certain personality for it.
If u want any other info just pm me.
I have been in the community almost 2 yrs and love it!!!
Just looking to see if more people on here have started this program? I am going into 3rd semester..
I just got accepted in to the Nipissing bridge online.. I was doing Athabasca but with the current job situation i decided to stay local and work ft instead of heading out west..
Is there anyone else who applied or is thinking of doing it??
There may be a required GPA but I don't think so. Some programs like Centennial/ryerson require a 3.0 gpa to enter into the ryerson portion but this school isnt like that.
The program is a part time program. They give the plan over a 5 yr period to complete. You can go faster. After the firs semester you can do more than the 2 classes required so you can finish earlier. Mine will be 3 yrs. if it all goes well. The longest you can take is 7 yrs.
This program is designed for people who work ft but like i said you can go faster if you prove you can handle an increased load without compromising your grades.
30k a month is far fetched.. I know people who work on the most rural of areas and have 20 yrs experience and do not make that.
Yes there are incentives to work in remote communities but having been up in my area for two yrs there are lots you need to know and should expect. When you pay $5 /lb for bananas that are gross you learn to change your eating habits. Fresh fruit and veggies don't last long because after 7-10 days of travelling they are no longer fresh.The fact that you cannot just get out and go for a meal out or that it takes 2-3 days to go home takes its toll on people. Small towns will know all your business and you will be the one receiving the brunt of the anger from patients when someone dies unexpectedly or because you wont refill their narcs.
Having said that i love my job. I have always wanted to do Northern nursing and love my community. If you are doing this for money you will not last. I have seen many come and go. You will see stuff and learn lots especially how the government neglects people in the north and unfortunately some people don't cope well at all. It takes a certain personality to be here. I have that personaltity: ok with solitude, dont party at clubs, love the outdoors, dont like the mall, do not like the city, prefer to be in nature etc.
There is only a couple of us on all nurses that do northern nursing.
We don't refill narcs. There is a set of guidelines usually dependent on the company and area that help the clinic nurses to follow an assessment and then decide treatment. So if a patient comes in with a sore ear. You follow the assessment procedures and then it gives you medications you can dispense based on your assessment. The guidelines were made by physicians.
Because you may not have a physician ghere your assessment skills need to be good. You can consult down to a physician byt you do not want to do that for simple things like ear infections and sore throats.
You are it sometimes. So if you are an RN you need PALS, ACLS, TNCC and preferably er/cc experience. You better be prepared to be chronically short staffed. Moreso then what you see down south. Usually there is an influx of newbies and then an exit of experienced. Turnover is probaby like 50-80% in certain places. Some people last but some don't. I have heard a lot of Manitoba reserves are worse than Ontario ones. Lots of meth, alcohol, gas huffing.
Btw no reserve is dry. They try but there is bootleggers.
The Health Minister made a huge announcement after the Auditor General's report on CCAC last year. All you have to do is look it up. It was all happening around election time. They found i think it was around or less than 0.60 for every dollar funded actually went to direct patient care and the rest the administrative needs of ccac. Too many managers and not enough patient care. They didn't help themselves, in my opinion, when they went on strike asking for money and the system didn't fall apart. We had absolutely no issues so the
government was able to go "hmm". Nursing in homecare haven't received raises since 2005 and ccac hadn't had one in 2yrs so that also caused a lot of ill feelings. I may make crap money but i do love my job and to me happiness is more important than $$ (just wish my bills thought the same way lol)
Currently the CCAC is under major scrutiny and people are worried about losing their jobs. There may be limited jobs depending on the area. Most nurses who work at ccac are older or have work injuries. There is very little nursing involved and tons of administrative work. Depends on what you like to do.
I do everything in my area.
PICC care, catheter, wound care, IVs, pediatrics, gtubes, nephrostomy, colostomy, palliative care, etc. it is a steep learning curve for new grads because good assessment skills are vital and it can be hard to not only learn a new area of nursing but also the skills. However, i have mentored some great new
Grads and some not so great. Home care isn't for everyone. Then again all areas are like that
All home care pay sucks because community nursing is critically underfunded despite people being kicked out of the hospital earlier to make room for others and of courses hospital beds being closed and people using ER as a
Family dr's office. Doesnt matter what company you work for unfortunately. I dont think any home care agency is unionized because of $$$ but i may be wrong.
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