I am an American RN living/working (by Interim Permit) in BC (my husband is Canadian). I am scheduled to write my Canadian Exam on Aug 8th. I am still on probation in BC since I only began working three weeks ago. What an awkward situation. I am so troubled by the fact that persons with a grade 10 education are making just short of two dollars an hour less than me. I have watched the health care professionals here be demeaned and devalued by their government at great cost to the quality and availability of patient care and services. If the governent is not representing the healthcare personnel and they aren't representing the public whose healthcare is in jeopardy, who are they representing?
In America (where similar and even worse conditions sometimes apply), a viable solution has been found. Nursing unions of 23 states have signed in with the AFL-CIO (one of the biggest unions in the country). They now have some real bargaining power and strength. As individual state unions, they were disregarded, as part of a national union, they are being heard. I got this information via the net and hope it is accurate.
There's BIG money in healthcare in the States. I hear Canadians asking for private healthcare and it scares me. I went to nursing school, worked full time, and raised three kids with NO healthcare insurance for myself or my family. I made too much for welfare and not enough to buy insurance. Everyday people die in the States from lack of healthcare because they fall through the cracks of the system. Everyday people have to make choices about whether to buy food or go to the doctor. If BC Med ever goes then Canadians in BC will be making those same choices.
So, the government is considering taking away the rights of nurses to bargain? What next?