Trishrpn80 5,612 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.
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