Alberta LPN - page 4
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Hi Everybody! I am not new to AllNurses, although this is my first post. I will be attending Norquest College this Sept for the full time practical nursing program. I am set to graduate on the spring of 2009. I was wondering if... Read More
- 0Jul 29, '08 by RNGrad2006Quote from Fiona59Thanks Fiona59,Basically, CLPNA, CARNA, and Capital Health went overseas looked at a lot of schools and found that many of the BScN courses had more in common with the PN education than the RN. I've seen a few of the recruits at work and their clinical skills are weak despite having a "adapting to Canadian practice" course at Norquest.
I've worked in AB and BC and can say that from what I saw some of the PN schools in BC seem to have taught the bare minimum to get through CPNRE. There also was a different mindset in the utilization of LPNs there. In Alberta, I was always seen as a valued nurse with good skills, in BC my scope of practice was limited and many of the areas that LPNs work in Alberta were deemed to be "RN only".
I think more colleges of nursing should do the same. In the US there is retrogression but there is a lot of fear due to the many schools that have been popping up in the Philippines and the limited clinical exposure of students with more than one student sharing the care of a patient that the skills are not as they were formerly. Previously the Philippines was highly regarded for skills but I have read that has changed of late. You are right about BC. I worked as an LPN in BC between semesters before I continued with my RN and the RN's seemed to be very against the utilization of LPN's and resented that they were expected to take care of the more complex patients while the LPN's would be caring for the more stable patients. ALmost like they felt they did their dues and resented the use of the LPN's. My husband was a patient during this time and his nurse (an RN) was highly critical of LPN's (little did she know my husband's wife (me) was an LPN at the time). I see value in both having seen things from both sides...but it seems Alberta is more efficient in how they look at patient care while at the same time maintaining a very high standard. But definitely it seems LPN's in Alberta even though they are more highly skilled are underpaid.
- 0Jul 29, '08 by malayafrom what i understood from the 2 norquest reps who came to the philippines, the present LPN program in Alberta is the old RN program they had, hence the BSN program in the Philippines though accepted in the US and other Canadian provinces for Rn licensing is not accepted in Alberta. i have nothing but praise for the level of care and professionalism the lpns in alberta must have. others should do the same.
- 0Jul 30, '08 by sarafrancescaThanks a lot Fiona! I am Renal Nurse Certified here in the Philippines that's why they have decided to employ me at the Renal Program. Apparently I wasn't aware that Alberta wouldn't consider us as RN without having a Canadian degree which means I have to still study for how many more years?.
I have a friend in Saskatchewan and he's an instant GN. I guess Saskatchewan and Alberta have different standards.
Fiona are you working at Capital Health?
Thanks a lot guys for the infos.
- 1Aug 5, '08 by gemini_starQuote from RNGrad2006Does this apply to all BSN graduates from Philippines who wish to be licensed at Alberta? Do all of them end up working as LPNs rather than GN or RN?I am curious why Alberta only views a BSN from the Philippines at the LPN level? In the US a BSN from the Philippines is still considered a BSN. I think that is true for BC also. However, I think it is great that Alberta has such a high standard. I met a girl in BC that was trained in Alberta and it does seem her training was superior to the LPN program in BC or the US for that matter since that is where I was educated (although I am Canadian). But I went on to get my RN and am now working on my BSN while working as an RN.
- 3Aug 5, '08 by Fiona59My post stated that some schools do not meet the educational requirements of this province. It is up to YOU to apply for a license to work here, have YOUR education evaluated and for YOU to comply with the decision reached.
Working as a LPN in this province isn't the humiliation you seem to read into it. We are highly skilled and educated. It may be a different education from a university trained nurse, but if you were on the floor in any acute care hospital in this province unless you needed a bag of TPN or blood started you have no idea of which grade of nurse is caring for you unless you look at the name tag.
The problem here is the wage disparity and quite honestly, many feel that the gap is closing and that UNA will have a hard time getting a raise in their next round of baragaining as they have almost priced themselves out of the market. They are up for a new contract next year, if I recall right, and they could be facing a few problems.