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Consider but also apply elsewhere.
Managers say all sorts of things to students and don't always mean them.
It's an employer's market and they can ask whatever they want.
Final Practicum? Often you submit a wishlist of where you would like to go and the school does their best but there are no guarantees. Nearly everyone in my class wanted Women's Health, but there were only two preceptors. Some wound up in sub-acute and LTC>
You could try for a placement in a specialty area but again, those spots are dependent on the number of preceptors that semester. Think OR or Dialysis.
I did my final preceptorship in Geriatrics, first permanent job was on a surgery floor and I loved it. I've worked in many areas but those years as a staff nurse on a general surgery floor made me the nurse I am today (and I work in a very specialized area now) It was the LTC and general surgery experience that got me there.
Time on the floor working with families, patients and honing your skill set can not be replaced by extra education.
Some people get public health right away. But in my area, the unions are strong and you'd have a very hard time getting a foot in the door. Public Health is much desired because of the regular hours and limited amount of evening shifts.
LTC opened the door to Acute Care for me. Time management and assessment skills are honed there.
BC is hard on LPNs, jobs are few and far between.
The reality is every province's scope of practice is different. The unit I work on in Acute Care, there is no difference in the skill set. I just can't be Charge, which saves me a lot of headaches. Oh, and the pay difference.
Look long and hard, would you be happy as an RN in LTC? LTC is a speciality just as much as Gynie. Are you unhappy doing personal care?
Evaluate what you want in your career, Would you be willing to relocate for a permanent line?
Apply for it. Any interview experience is good.
From what you have described, in my hospital you'd be in Diagnostic Imaging. I know LPNs work there and they like it. Hours are better than on the floor.
Face it you are a new grad with no experience, if you are lucky enough to land this be grateful. You never know what you will learn in any job.
I'm seeing an increase in RNs who have "factored" collecting their pensions and working casuals 1 or 2 shifts a week.
I'm never going to factor and I'll be out the door as soon as I can afford it.
You young pups! I'm 58 and still on the floor!
In the US we call these critical access hospitals. I have a friend who works in one. She is primarily the ED nurse but responds to codes and other emergencies and runs them until the on-call arrives. She is absolutely bad-ass. I'd love to do that if only I was younger.
How do you feel about touching people? Cleaning incontinent people? Dealing with bat **** crazy families?
There are days that no amount of $$ makes it worth it and you seem to be all about the money. What gives you job satisfaction? In my province, we aren't getting raises for the next three years. How will this affect your decision? How will being at the bottom of the vacation list for years affect your social life.
The only question regarding my nursing education has been "did you pass your registration exam on first writing?".
Our badges have only our first name and designation on them. We do not give out our surnames. It's a security issue (previous stalking incidents by disgruntled patients and a murder)
It's a pretty common question in my hospital. 'Did you pass on first writing? '
My last interview, I was even asked how soon after graduation did I start working! There's a lot of nurses out there for every interview and the interview questions are getting really interesting .
Before my hospital turns you lose to start IV's, you have to have in house education and three witnessed starts with either a CNE or a staff nurse. IV therapy? As in administering IV meds? Again hospital based education, pump education included.
None of these questions can be answered by a working Canadian nurse. It doesn't apply to us. You'd best be consulting someone who deals with immigration.
Do you have to go to Ontario? Read this forum, CNO is slow, unhelpful, and from what I can see a PITA to deal with
Best NPs I've ever worked with had decades of RN experience behind them.
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