Best working conditions for English speaking nurses in Montreal? - page 2

by blue-sky | 8,891 Views | 27 Comments

Hi there, I am originally a nurse from the united states, a year ago I moved to Montreal where I work in one of the English operating hospitals. I have worked here for over a year a have had a bad experience. Don't get me... Read More


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    thank you
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    You're welcome
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    I would say that working a hospital in Montreal is challenging and will get worse both because there is an enormous budget deficit and because there is governmental corruption at all levels. The only place you might find relieve is if you transfer to a specialty unit such as ER or ICU where the nurse to patient ratio is much better but you end up doing CNA tasks yourself. I did som part time through agencies in nursing homes but the working conditions are no better, one nurse is responsible for a lot of residents. There is plenty of greener grass in other pastures so you really need to assess whether it is really worth it to sacrifice yourself for someone that is just a boyfriend.
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    I am just reading your post and it is 2014! I work in Montreal and I am anglophone, and even though my floor is busy, for the most part, about 95% of the time, we are able to take all of our breaks (15 mins morning break, an hour lunch, 45 mins supper for a 12 hour shift). When it gets too busy the head nurse and assistant head nurse help out on the floor. I have NEVER had to come in earlier to catch up on work. I have worked for almost 3 years and have only had to stay 30 mins later than I was suppose to about twice. I think you need to move to another floor if you have not already
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    Thank you for providing an alternative view. I did move from a medical unit to ICU and I found the working conditions much better. Part of the reason is because the ICU manager does an excellent job. However I also found myself frustrated by many things in Quebec such as the refusal to grant me a full license until I passed the French test. I felt I could do better. I moved to another province where my Quebec conditional license was quickly converted to a full, unrestricted license. I also found myself with substantially higher pay with lots of overtime opportunities at double the pay (I was only getting 1.5X in Montreal), much better benefits which include an incredible pension plan, and lower taxes. My current employer also paid for 6 months of specialized full time ICU education where not only were all of my educational expenses paid, but I continued to draw my regular nursing salary while in school. Soon I will be entering a brand new ICU unit with the latest technology and supposedly one of the largest in Canada. I am not saying that everyone wil get all of what I have been able to get in the last couple of years. However my advice to those planning to relocate is to shop around and, before moving to Montreal/Quebec, look and compare other job opportunities. The rest of the country is totally anglophone and many places will appreciate your nursing skills without forcing French on you.
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    Honestly, I think it's like that in most Quebec hospitals. Work conditions are horrible, the unions are useless. All they are good for is collecting their fees every month. I think your best bet would be with the Children's hospital or Shriner's, they seemed to have best work conditions.
    As far as agency work hours, last I checked, English hospitals weren't really using agencies.
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    Hello everybody,
    I just arrived to Montreal and looking for a English hospital speaking, I am struggling to find any opportunity. Can I move from QC to any other provinces without a full registration from the OIIQ, I mean just passing the OIIQ exam. God bless you all.
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    Quote from Alexe2014
    Hello everybody,
    I just arrived to Montreal and looking for a English hospital speaking, I am struggling to find any opportunity. Can I move from QC to any other provinces without a full registration from the OIIQ, I mean just passing the OIIQ exam. God bless you all.
    Your post begs the question... why are you even in Montréal if you have no French language skills? It wouldn't seem to be a person's first choice. If you entered Canada via the Quebec skilled workers program then you cannot just move somewhere else. But then if you were here under that program you would have had to provide proof of employment in Quebec - which you don't have, so I'm assuming that you aren't here via that program. I'm always amazed by people who jump off the cliff and try to build their parachute on the way down.

    Passing the OIIQ exam will be considered equivalent to passing the CRNE in other provinces but you will still need to meet the minimum criteria for registration in those provinces, which means your education and experience must still be assessed. And you will still be required to obtain at least provisional registration in Quebec as your point of entry to the Canadian health care system.
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    we are not entering the houses from their windows, and what we are doing is within the context of the rules and regulations of the country and will never ever violates that. Your answer is based in your assumptions, looking for English speaking hospital DOESNT mean that " I do not have French language skills". My question is clear but you didn't answer it. Thanks
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    Quote from Alexe2014
    we are not entering the houses from their windows, and what we are doing is within the context of the rules and regulations of the country and will never ever violates that. Your answer is based in your assumptions, looking for English speaking hospital DOESNT mean that " I do not have French language skills". My question is clear but you didn't answer it. Thanks
    Well from the structure of your post, English isn't your first language.

    Nursing positions in any metropolitan area are hard to find. From what you said in your previous post you don't have a full practice permit. So no movement across the nation isn't going to be easy.


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