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  • Apr 23

    My hospital sees the complications of medical tourism.

    Bariatric, you go through a programme called weight wise. Does all the education on diet, exercise, psych issues, what led to the weight, etc. One that I remember, was told she wasn't a good candidate because she wasn't heavy enough for the programme, a good diet, weight watchers, and exercise and she could do it herself. Well, off to Mexico she did go. Her flight home had to be diverted because she was going septic. All together, she cost the province over $1million in fixes.

    Anyone remember the Mumbai virus? Brought to my city by a medical tourist.

    The family doctors don't want anything to do with the problems and off to hospital they go.

    I honestly think, if your surgery is botched overseas, don't expect universal healthcare to pay for the repairs. You could spend $$ to get the work done, spend some more and fix your mistakes.

  • Apr 23

    My hospital sees the complications of medical tourism.

    Bariatric, you go through a programme called weight wise. Does all the education on diet, exercise, psych issues, what led to the weight, etc. One that I remember, was told she wasn't a good candidate because she wasn't heavy enough for the programme, a good diet, weight watchers, and exercise and she could do it herself. Well, off to Mexico she did go. Her flight home had to be diverted because she was going septic. All together, she cost the province over $1million in fixes.

    Anyone remember the Mumbai virus? Brought to my city by a medical tourist.

    The family doctors don't want anything to do with the problems and off to hospital they go.

    I honestly think, if your surgery is botched overseas, don't expect universal healthcare to pay for the repairs. You could spend $$ to get the work done, spend some more and fix your mistakes.

  • Apr 23

    Quote from cleback
    Maybe requiring BSNs for professional entry and stiff competition for entry into nursing programs will help attract a more professional group?
    It's been mandatory since 2009 in my province for RNs to do the degree programme.

    No change has been noticeable.

  • Apr 22

    Quote from cleback
    Maybe requiring BSNs for professional entry and stiff competition for entry into nursing programs will help attract a more professional group?
    It's been mandatory since 2009 in my province for RNs to do the degree programme.

    No change has been noticeable.

  • Apr 22

    Quote from cleback
    Maybe requiring BSNs for professional entry and stiff competition for entry into nursing programs will help attract a more professional group?
    It's been mandatory since 2009 in my province for RNs to do the degree programme.

    No change has been noticeable.

  • Apr 21

    Quote from jnurse816
    Why do you say that? It should be based on me passing the test and my credentials rather than me not being from the U.K.
    Any nation has the right to restrict who may move and/or work there.

    The National Health Service is the main employer of nurses in the UK. Therefore priority rightly should be given to UK nationals.

  • Apr 20

    Have you looked into the hoops nurses have to jump through to move to your country?

    Your government is attempting to legislate Mexican and Canadian nurses out of jobs many have held for decades. You have a President who is saying America first and keep American jobs for Americans. The Phillipines won't even issue non-national the right to take their registration exam

    Yet you seem to expect the rest of the world to put out the Welcome mat.

  • Apr 19

    Have you looked into the hoops nurses have to jump through to move to your country?

    Your government is attempting to legislate Mexican and Canadian nurses out of jobs many have held for decades. You have a President who is saying America first and keep American jobs for Americans. The Phillipines won't even issue non-national the right to take their registration exam

    Yet you seem to expect the rest of the world to put out the Welcome mat.

  • Apr 18

    Quote from jnurse816
    Why do you say that? It should be based on me passing the test and my credentials rather than me not being from the U.K.
    Any nation has the right to restrict who may move and/or work there.

    The National Health Service is the main employer of nurses in the UK. Therefore priority rightly should be given to UK nationals.

  • Apr 13

    You will be about the average of most new grads.

    Now, here's the kicker. Calgary and Edmonton have the hardest job markets to crack. I've heard of experienced nurses who have been trying to get hired into AHS for two plus years.

    There is no way of Knowing what the job market will be like in 2 or 3 years. AHS doesn't tell anyone who works for them anything. Most jobs are temporary postings for 3- 12 months. Full time lines are few and far between.

    There used to be a good chance of getting hired onto your preceptorship unit but not anymore. Most new grads are coming into the system as float pool staff.

    Rural is hiring and I don't mean Airdrie or Stony Plain. Think two hours outside of the major cities.

    Most managers don't care about your previous work life, they care that you pass the registration exam first try. I've worked with nurses who used to be meat cutters, construction workers, morticians, and strippers.

  • Apr 13

    Nobody knows what the job market will be like in 2020 or 2019. For rural positions, you'll just have to check the AHS job board. Sometimes there are full time, some times part time, and others only temporary postings. Heck, some of us have no idea if our unit will be still be open in six months.

    The registration exam is NOT easy. Look at some of the old threads here. Everyone I've ever met (myself included) walked out of the exam going "what the hell just happened!" Yes, it's multiple choice, often with three correct answers out of four and you have to figure out which correct answer is the right correct answer.

    Managers like people who pass the first time because, it can show you work well under pressure, lol. Grad nurses are hired and expected to write as soon as possible. I've met people who have failed the exam and been asked to leave. Coworkers start to wonder why you are still working as a grad nurse after 4-6 months. When I was hired as a Grad Nurse, we were only paid NA wages until the exam date. Pass first try, bring in that precious PASS certificate and we got back paid the hourly difference on our wages. If you failed and took the exam the second or third try, you were working at the lower wage with no back pay until the PASS was obtained. Fail it a third time and you lost your job.

  • Apr 12

    If possible, start looking outside of the GTA.


    There have been years worth of postings that GTA and the major cities have a terible job market

  • Apr 12

    Here in Canada, we get three tries and it's done. Yes, three tries for CRNE or if you are a PN, three tries at CPNRE.

    In the last few years, in our forums, there has been a huge increase in the number of posters complaining that three tries aren't enough, that the wait for marks is too long. (we still do the paper and pencil and wait six weeks for results and can only be tested at three specific dates during the year). I don't know if it's because of the recent increase in IENs who claim to be USRNs or if it's an age thing.

    One demand that keeps popping up is "well, I've used all my CRNE attempts, can I try to be an PN?" Uhm, you've got a degree in nursing.

    Until recently I'd only ever met one locally trained PN who failed all three attempts and had to go back to school for remedial ed. One RN who failed once (and it was no big surprise to those that knew her, the failure made her smarten up her outlook on nursing quickly). Over the last few years we've had overseas hires who have failed CRNE x3 and then for some unknown reason been given permisson to write CPNRE x3 fail out totally. We've heard they've been escorted out of ORs and off units.

    I really don't think the public wants someone who has failed multiple times caring for them. They don't care about your test taking anxiety. They want qualified staff.

  • Apr 8

    It's long been posted on these boards that Edmonton and Calgary are hard job markets. More applicants than jobs.

    Hospital Clinic jobs are highly sought after and Ive been an LPN for two decades and have only just started to get interviews for them, seniority and duty to accommodate get interviewed first.

    Medi Centres and doctors offices don't always pay that well being non-union and if they can get an office assistant they will hire one before a qualified nurse.

    Dr. Bernstein of the weight loss fame is always looking for nurses but I haven't heard a lot of good things about those offices. If you are into sales, it might work for you.

    AHS is bad right now. It seems to be all new grads coming through the float pools (cheaper pay rates). Every posting has at least fifty internal applicants and nearly everything is being posted as a temporary hire.

    I just remembered why this sounds familiar, you posted earlier about looking for work. You are an RN, you will not be hired if they are looking for an LPN or a medical office assistant.

  • Apr 5

    Nurses are the jack of all trades. Housekeeping duties are ours when the cleaners go home. Clerks duties overnight and when the clerk is on break. Physio is ours on weekends because PT only sees emergency or orthodox on weekends. This is in addition to looking after your patient needs.

    Time management is critical. Nurses aren't busy, we are at times seriously overworked.


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