An idea for consolidation and nurse initiative

  1. I'm a Rpn student from Niagara region. In about 4 month I'll have to make a decision on where to consolidate. Out program has a high amount of students and it has been said by the faculty that some will not consolidate where they would like to. So since my husban has difficulty finding a job in business analysis I thought that maybe we should just move elsewhere. It would be ideal to get a new nurse initiative opportunity at the place I consolidate and hopefully a job later on. Do you guys know base on your experience, what region/hospital would be best to try that journey?? Hamiton? Oakville? I'll take any suggestion and do my research!Thanks for reading
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  3. by   Daisy_08
    I wouldn't hold out too much hope on the new grad. A friend just graduated and said there was one, in an hour radius around us. Home care is a good option everyone I know who consolidated there got hired. You should not have a problem getting hired in ltc, but if you consolidate there you will know if it's a place you want to work. Also some Ltc's only hire if you did a placment in one. Mental health always seems to be hiring too.

    As far as cities Toronto is we're new grads dreams die, stay away. Hamilton has many nursing programs, but also a ton of hospitals. Not sure about the job market but it's an awful city (pollution, traffic, one way streets, high homeless pop, crowded).

    Good luck, if your not picky you'll get a job.
  4. by   alusiq
    Hmm why would you say grad dreams die in Toronto?
  5. by   alusiq
    Like it's a huge city. I think I get it tho...
  6. by   Fiona59
    Quote from alusiq
    Hmm why would you say grad dreams die in Toronto?
    From what Ontario posters have said in the past, few jobs and intense competition. It's a take what you can get market and don't hold out for a "dream" job.
  7. by   Daisy_08
    I mean young nurses rush off to the big city, hoping to work at the big fancy hospital, live in a cute modern apartment, spend evenings at the the big city dream. However they end up blowing through savings, having to bust tables and live in a dump before having to move back in with dad. I know a few girls who had this general experience.

    Toronto is very hard, if not impossible for any new grad to land a job. If haven't done a placement at the facility, or have some serious connections you don't stand any chance. I have read on AN about experienced nurses having a hard time in TO.

    I would like to mention you can't just pick your placement wherever. Schools have contracts based on proximity with the facilities, and schools will not infringe on other schools contracts. For example Niagara school has contracts for 10 students in facility A. If Toronto school tries to put students in facility A, Niagara loses out. It can cause some problems. Also teachers have to visit you, and they don't want to be driving for hours to see one student. However, after saying that some schools offer distance programs....can't hurt to ask.

    Good luck, are you dead set in wanting hospital work? Doctors' offices seem to hire a lot too. I it's because they are using RPNs more, therefore hiring.
  8. by   joanna73
    When I was in school, we could list 4 areas of interest for clinicals in 3rd and 4th year, but there were never any guarantees. The GTA is still very competitive, and not so hot for any new grads. We've had experienced nurses from Toronto working contract out in AB recently, and one recent hire (new grad) from Toronto. The market is still not great for recent grads. Be prepared to accept whatever you're offered in terms of placements and your first job anywhere in the GTA. If you get lucky, great, but don't expect anything. I've been gone from Toronto for quite some time. I couldn't be bothered to wait any length of time for employment. Nothing has changed since about 2008 in TO.
  9. by   alusiq
    I'm not Into that crazy things you describe Daisy but I know where you are coming from. Thank you for the input ladies. I was looking at Richmond hill hospital or Joseph brant... I need a place that supports rpn to rn transition at nippising university so I'm not sure doctors office would work. Oh well will see how it goes. Thank you
  10. by   alusiq
    It's dissapointing to see that new nurse initiative is not so widely available.
  11. by   loriangel14
    Is your school open to you doing your consolidation in another area completely? Usually they require you do it in one of the facilities they have an agreement with.

    What do you mean you want a work place that supports the RPN-RN at Nippising?Most places don't care where you go for continuing education.
  12. by   alusiq
    Nippising offers modified online 5 years program and has specific list of partners. To be accepted I would need a letter from my employer stating they will support me in regards to placement and what not. One of my professors said that since we have more students they usual, they encourage students to look outside of the region to get consolidation on floors they desire.
  13. by   Daisy_08
    Quote from loriangel14
    What do you mean you want a work place that supports the RPN-RN at Nippising?Most places don't care where you go for continuing education.
    I guess she means she intends to get a job where she consolidates and then bridge.Centennial offers the bridge distance as well via hospitals and from what I remember you don't have to work in that hospital. The Stratford hospital does it and I think on other out London way. There's always athabasca.

    Advice from someone who has done it, take a year off in between. Take an elective or two if you want to stay in "school mode". Make some money pay off debt, enjoy life, get some experience. I knowna few people who have taken breaks part way through as it can be a lot
  14. by   Daisy_08
    Quote from alusiq
    It's dissapointing to see that new nurse initiative is not so widely available.
    It is even less so for the Rpn as an Rpn is generally more work ready. RN has added leadership and delegation responsibilities that a new grad is often not ready for.