Latest Comments by Fiona59

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Joined Oct 9, '04. She has 'Ten plus' year(s) of experience. Posts: 7,998 (39% Liked) Likes: 8,379

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    Debilpn23, marabou1, feelix, and 34 others like this.

    I lost 210 pounds in one day.


    i kicked the first husband out.

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    Quote from uniquenurse2014
    OP, let me correct some of your misconceptions. The majority of nurses from Jamaica that immigrate to Canada do not come here on a temporary work visa. Most come here as permanent residents as no Canadian agencies actively recruit in Jamaica.

    Secondly, most if not all the nurses who immigrate from Jamaica are specialist trained in various areas such as critical care, psychiatry, pediatrics etc. These specialist courses are formalized full-time courses lasting anywhere from 6 months to one year with both classroom hours and practicum hours along with multiple exams. This makes them an asset where ever they work as less training and orientation is required. All the nurses who come to Canada tend to have a wealth of clinical experience as well and are adaptable hence tend to do well wherever they work.

    Thirdly, many will opt for a full-time rather than a part-time position as this is what they are accustomed to in Jamaica. In my unit there are more part time staff than full time staff as many Canadian nurses tend to prefer part time positions.
    These Jamaican nurses are hired because they are qualified nothing else.
    have to disagree with much of your post. Three years ago, my hospital hired a group of Jamacian LPNs. They were educated in Jamaica with some sort of inter college agreement with Norquest college. They had to redo course work and their final placement, here, in Edmonton. No work experience, no special knowledge. It was very frustrating for the units that hired them. They expected Norquest graduates and the usual level of skills. Reality was very different.

    They were hired as casual staff, no guaranteed hours. Nobody knew they were coming, they just appeared. We have no right to know their immigration status. Norquest and CLPNA never explained how these nurses arrived here. They just appeared. The nurses themselves admitted that what they were expected to do here in Edmonton was far different from what their jamacian school had taught them.

    i do remember Norquest saying they had st up a programme in Jamaica around 2008, the height of the mythical nursing shortage.

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    [QUOTE=JustBeachyNurse;9081258]I've never seen an employer qualified to assess English language proficiency. Other states will accept verification from an overseas school of nursing that the courses and all texts were taught in full English

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    joanna73 and loriangel14 like this.

    Quote from NurseEthan
    Ah, thanks for the great advice.


    What do you like most about long term care?
    The paycheque.

    iLTC will give you experience, develop your time management skills, assessment skills

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    I guess you won't ever work in Canada. All inpatient lines rotate.

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    joanna73 and loriangel14 like this.

    I'm an LPN, I can IV push, prepare and hang my own IV meds, access and draw from PICCs.

    I wish I could hand me 'unstable' patients over to an RN but unless I can have the rapid team transfer them to ICU, they stay mine

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    The degree has been the entry point for RN status since 2009.

    You also need to be aware that you will always be regarded as a foreign nurse with a US education. Each provincial move, even with a US BScN requires approval from the provincial college of nurses.

    If you plan on working in Canada, educate yourself here and a void the hassle

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    Your business degree is not relevant to your employment as an EN.

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    joanna73 likes this.

    Oil prices have dropped.

    Hiring freezes happen without warning.

    Any special reason for coming up here, or is it just the usual election year postings we get? The influx after Obama's election never happened, despite all of the posters planning to move north

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    Pretty sure a licence AND Canadian citizenship are required

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    BuckyBadgerRN and PMFB-RN like this.

    Quote from Ackeem
    I think the entry requirement for a candidate to sit for the NCLEX RN should be a BSN. This is no knock against the ADN or whether they're competent or not. I just think as a profession an ADN shouldn't be sufficent. Where i come from a BSN is mandatory to sit for the boards, an LPN is NOT a nurse they're officail title is Patient Care Assistant. An LPN can't give meds period, Can't do dressings, and are regulated to UAP duties.

    An enrolled nursing assistant however functions like a U.S LPN, they posses 2 years of training and practice directly under the RN. A enroll assistant cannot bridge to an RN program, they have to start a BSN from scratch.

    Again this is no knock against LPNs or ADNs, just a knock on the structure of the profession on a whole and its informalities.
    you have just cleared a whole area of drama that my hospital is going through.

    Management hired a group of Jamaican LPNs who were trained under some scheme in Jamaica withe the local PN college here providing the course work to college in Jamaica.

    Ths is the poorest performing group of LPNs we've ever worked with. Everything that is expected of them, is just too much. Wound care takes forever, med delivery is slow, patient care sloppy. Patients have complained about the care given by these nurses. They are given extended orientations, standards seem to be lowered for them, leaving those so working alongside them shaking our heads.

    somehow, they passed the written exam in Canada but their actual performance has required a lot of remedial education at the unit level

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    Have you applied to the float pools? That's where I see most new grads.

    the days of units hiring their own unit specific floats is over. Centralized staffing is here

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    joanna73 and loriangel14 like this.

    Nope. You are an LPN.

    ypu need to start looking outside the box, family doctor's office, non profit agencies, media centres, heck even Dr. Bernstein.

    Have you looked on the CLPNA jobs list?

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    joanna73 likes this.

    NA at top scale make roughly $1.50 less than a new grad LPN.

    A top pay LPN makes around $2.50 less than a new grad RN.

    $7.50 an hour is below minimum wage where I live. Americans and their fear and distrust of never cease to amaze me

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