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- Feb 2 by Fiona59I think the universities and colleges need to do a better job in preparing students for the real workplace. Don't the unions visit them anymore?
AUPE came in and did a presentation before I finished my PN course. How to join, what to expect, how the dues were paid, what the union had gained for the workers. They explained seniority. Then after being hired there was a short union presentation at the hospital.
Students need to look at the units where they work. How many regular staff are working, how many floats from the pool are on the unit.
I'm shocked by the attitudes displayed by our last few new hires. They just don't understand that as casuals they aren't entitled to full time hours without working shift or weekends. Ones that are hired into permanent lines expect vacation at their choice because that's when their friends/families/weddings are planned. After over a decade, I'm still stuck with the least desirable months and no I'm not giving up my crap choice so you can go to Bermuda with your boyfriend, my husband would kill me (he is laughed at at his work over having to take his vacation in the winter because at the top of his seniorty list and could be off all summer if he wanted)
- Feb 2 by new2012gradMy heart out to u all )
- Feb 2 by joanna73I've had a similar discussion with a casual staff member about hours. She assumes that when she is ready to accept a position months down the line, the hours will be available. However, I was explaining that if someone is hired into that position, those hours will disappear, and that the shifts are based on seniority, which a new casual does not have. So in other words, when positions are filled on a unit, unless they decide to create a float, or an extra, there may or may not be hours to take. Most units are based on seniority, and staff cannot automatically bump someone out of their position or take their hours.
- Feb 2 by itsmejuliWell my resume and cover letter are submitted for that casual position. I have all the qualifications they're looking for so let's see if I get accepted or rejected for an interview. Maybe I should contact the person I interviewed with previously and get her to recommend me. At least I'd get my foot in the door and have oreientation through anothher budget.
- Feb 2 by itsmejulito the OP
Sorry for hijacking your thread....we got talking about the reality of finding work in Alberta.
Its not easy finding that first job. I graduated in the states and with no healthcare experience had a hard time finding a job. I got that first job by networking in a college class I was taking.
When I moved to Alberta I got a job by going to the CLPNA conference and networking. I brought my resume with me and was ready to interview right then and there. I got my next job because I have very good communication and people skills. I know how to answer interview questions.
If you look at the CLPNA website there are lots of LPN jobs listed, especially if you're willing to start in homecare or longterm care. You need that magic one year somewhere to develop your time management and communication skills.
But you also need to decide where you want to live. Getting a job is only half of the equation, you need to be happy in your off time too. There is nothing holding me back from working in a rural area but I'm a big city girl and that's the off time I want. I'd lose my mind in a rural area.
Good luck to you.
- Feb 3 by joanna73My mind is going....if you are a city girl, you might eventually lose your mind in a rural setting. However, it was well worth the sacrifice and I'm glad I made it. I've learned a lot and my debt is gone. For new grads or IENs who need that first experience, rural is always looking. You'll save your money, too. Nowhere to spend it.
- Feb 4 by MPKHLike Joanna, I got my first job in a rural setting, and while rural life wasn't what this big city girl was used to, it was good experience. I got my year of experience, the town that I worked in got their RN for a year, and I paid off my student loans in that period. With the experience I gained from working rural, I was able to get myself a job back in the city. Sometimes you have to do what you got to do to get that step into the door.
- Feb 4 by new2012gradI would love to try rural areas . Toronto is anyways the same for me without a car... I just work eat sleep . Honest stuff ! As am new for alberta, please can some one mention the rural areas? Thanks
- Feb 4 by joanna73Most of AB is rural. You're best to check out the alberta health services website for job postings and go to "North Zone". Everywhere in Northern AB is short. There is also a pilot project called the North Zone Locum. RNs receive an added differential and a per diem for working remote communities in Northern AB.
- Feb 4 by new2012gradAm an LPN will I also receive a differential? Or it's just for a RN?