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Joined Apr 30, '11 - from 'AB, CA'. Posts: 44 (23% Liked) Likes: 25

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    A 50% in Biology isn't ideal but depending on your school and your situation it may not matter. Are you only considering UBC? Are you using your high school grades? You mentioned first year so are you thinking about transferring? The reason I'm asking is because these answers change the admission requirements.

    Things may have changed, but a couple of years ago for the accelerated track program at the UofC, the cut off GPA was said to be around 3.7 for the previous year and it was the GPA of your 10 most recent half courses.

    So basically this means two things:

    1. Since it was a competitive admission, it depends on the people that are applying when you are applying. There is no set mark you had to have even though higher is obviously better.

    2. It was the GPA of your 10 most recent courses... well if bio wasn't one of your 10 most recent then they wouldn't use it to calculate your GPA which can bode well for you.

    To give you more hope, the UofC site said the cutoff GPA of the previous year was 3.7, well when I got in it was only 2.7! (Which in my opinion isn't that high) Depending on your school and how they calculate GPA, that could range from 65-72%

    And this is the average of your 10 most recent courses. So even if your bio mark was 50, it's still possible according to how the UofC calculates it's requirements to get a GPA of higher depending on how you did on your other courses.

    This is for the accelerated track for people who already have degrees but if you don't have a degree. Here is a link:

    It shows the admission AVERAGES of 2009 and 2010 which means people with a lower GPA of 2.7 or 75% if coming from high school can still get into nursing at the UofC!

    That was just an example using the UofC but my point being, a bio mark of 50 isn't the best but there are ways around it. Hopefully this long winded answer makes sense.

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    If you're not able to get a position, is it possible to shadow a peds nurse so you can at least get a flavour to see if you would like it or not?

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    Quote from CNM2B201?
    Do nurses find volunteers helpful or more of a nuisance??
    On my unit, we love having volunteers especially when there are kids and babies who are alone in the hospital without family members there. Our volunteers are able to change diapers and sometimes feed babies so they are very helpful. Other times just holding a cranky baby who just needs to be cuddled is a lifesaver!

    Prior to becoming a nurse, I volunteered in a pediatric ward. It did offer me exposure to things I wouldn't have seen before but I don't think I fully grasped or knew what I was looking at until I got to nursing school and actually thought about it. At the hospital I volunteered at, it was mainly cuddling babies and playing with kids to give parents a break. Volunteers were not allowed to feed patients because of choking risks and liability so I guess it depends on the facility.

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    Quote from lemidora
    U of C has actually closed down their 2 year program.
    It still exists. They have re-modified it. It no longer is called BNAT (Bachelor of Nursing Accelerated Track) and it is no longer 20 months but is now called BN- Degree Holder Route and is 24 months

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    I have a couple of friends who are new grads who moved to Ontario after having been trained in a different province. After several months of job searching, they were all able to find employment in hospitals in the GTA. It's hard but possible...

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    Quote from Ellab
    what's itc? what does it stand for? i couldn't find on the internet
    I think it's suppose to be LTC as in long term care

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    I finished school in September and got a casual job on the unit I did my final focus. However this is in Alberta, Canada. I'm not sure about the situation in the States. I am sure I've seen other people talking about this in other forums though. I suggest you look around.... maybe in the new grad section. Good luck.

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    Quote from lost_ielts
    Please let me know what is the difference between mosby canadian comprehnsive nursing text...and mosby for rn exam?
    do both have theory material and after questions like the mosby neclex one review one ?
    thanx for fast reply
    The Mosby's Comprehensive Review for the Canadian RN Exam is exactly what the title says... a comprehensive review with chapters on different units eg. cardiac, pediatrics, mental health. It has maybe 10 end of chapter questions and 2 practice tests plus a CD with other questions. I liked this book a lot. I found it was easier to study out of this book and then refer to my textbooks for supplemental information.

    I had the Mosby's Prep Guide for the Canadian RN Exam and it ad 3 practice tests. I definitely used it because the more questions the better. There's a second edition now but I'm not sure what it consists of. On amazon the pictures of the cover says it's revised to reflect 2010 competencies.

    The Lippincott's CRNE Prep Guide in my opinion would be better guide than the mosby prep guide. More questions divided into the different specialities plus 2 practice tests.

    I also used the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination Prep Guide, 5th Edition from the CNA. It only had 1 test but since it was made by the people who wrote and conduct the CRNE, I figured it was useful. It definitely has a different feel than the other books.

    Hope that helps.

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    Maybe completely off topic and irrelevant but after hearing this story my first thought was, "Hmm I wonder if parents are first cousins". I know the politically correct answer is, it's irrelevant because it's still a patient and child... Well I've had an internal struggle with trying to understand and be more compassionate with parents who are first cousins and already have a child with a incurable and untreatable genetic disorder but decide to have another child anyway. I don't know if this is the case or not but it does make me wonder....

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    Quote from Fiona59
    Dropping resumes off on the unit is a major faux pas in my hospital. Unit managers just do not have the time to deal with it.
    I think this depends on the unit. On my unit it really makes you stand out as a candidate. Obviously apply online as well but I would suggest dropping in to mention that you applied online and asking if they are interested in hiring casuals. It seems as if casual positions hardly ever get posted despite the fact that casuals are being hired. I'm just basing this on my unit so who knows....

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    I'm a Canadian registered nurse who works in pediatrics. I finished school this year and have been working in the same hospital and unit where I did my final placement. Looking forward to interacting with everyone!