Canadian nursers leaving to work in the USA. - page 2

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I am a 2nd year nursing student in British Columbia. My concern is that so many nurses are leaving to work in the US (5,400 Ontario nurses). We are losing trained nurses and this may result in a worse shortage than we already... Read More


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    Thanks Trauma Nurse and Jacala CL.

    To work accross the border, was the processing(papers), fee (if any), and waiting time reasonable?
    Do you have plan to work (back) in Canada?
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    Thanks Trauma Nurse and Jacala CL.
    To work across the border, was the processing of papers, fee (if any), and waiting time reasonable?
    Do you have plan to work (back) in Canada?
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    I also went straight to the US after grad and it was a great experience. I got my critical care program done for free and with pay . I worked in critical care immediantly and gained a ton of experience. When I came back to canada I had over 10 job offers.
    I would encourage all new grads to go and get the experience and all the extra qualifications that canadian hospitals refuse to pay for.

    In the US nurses are very well respected by all professions, the culture shock when I returned to cnada was bad. It took along time to break alot of doctors out of the habit of being disrespectful. The families are a perfect horror here after the US. In the US patients and families were deeply respectful. Here in canada nurses are not valued so expect a real shock when you come back. The other thing about working in the US is your nursing collegues are respectful too..they do not believe in eating their young there.
    When I came back I couldn't believe the attitude of senior nurses...thats another thing..no unions..so nobody calling you junior.
    I look back at my US experience as the best thing I ever did.
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    Wow, I don't know where you were in the US, but that wasn't exactly my experience. I found a lot of young eating, and a lot of disrespect from families and other staff. I think it's more dependent on the particular facility than on the country as a whole.
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    Quote from RN Student-NIC
    I am a 2nd year nursing student in British Columbia. My concern is that so many nurses are leaving to work in the US (5,400 Ontario nurses). We are losing trained nurses and this may result in a worse shortage than we already have. How do you feel about this trend?
    It is a very very disheartening fact that more and more nurses are leaving to work in the US, even today, 2004! This is due to the fact that our healtcare system does not recognize advanced practice nursing soon enough. We are behind the times. I am an RNFA that's unemployed at this time. There are several offers in the US for this position. Why would one waste the expanded/advanced education here in CAnada? when it can be put to actual clinical/practical use elsewhere? $$$ & weather are factors here too. I am very frustrated and angry that I am not able to practice here in Canada. I love Canada! Oh, Canada!
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    Quote from canoehead
    I left Canada after 6 years per diem. If they wanted me they had their chance. No sympathy here.
    I totally agree with you. If the gov't or your employer doesn't do anything to retain you, why stay? Moving on up to the east side! No sympathy here either sister
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    I, as well, went straight to the US, following grad (no jobs here) and it was an experience I will be ever grateful for - my orientation and preceptor was just fabulous and I will always credit this person with my ability to quickly acquire confidence in nursing. I agree with you - the level of respect and the "team" approach was just an entirely positive experience there. When I returned to Canada 4 years ago, I felt like I was in a time warp - nothing had changed - I was almost appalled. There is such a severe shortage of nurses and yet, it seems that they make the positions impossible to acquire. What I see as one of the major differences between here and the US is that our system is unwilling to bend - to be innovative. When I worked in the US, they were constantly searching for ways to improve nursing and accomodate nurses - to be flexible and "listen". An example - where I worked, nurses only worked one shift - none of this rotating stuff - I was astonished and inquired about it. A staff member told me that they had done a poll, to determine what nurses wanted and discovered that there were many nurses who only wanted to work evenings or nights (the typical problem ones), and that they would be more than willing to accept this, if it meant not having to rotate. When they added up the numbers, they had their full complement of staff. Not everyone wants to work days. Why couldn't they look at this in Canada? There are many nurses who not only don't want to rotate (it is difficult to adjust), but also can't due to family concerns (hard to find day care / sitters for varied shifts; no spouse). If they are really, really concerned about the nursing shortage - as they keep professing to be - they need to WAKE UP to the times.


    I am another one who has a hard time having much sympathy - the US treats us better!! Sorry Canada - but it IS your loss (and I Love Canada, too).

    Quote from moia
    I also went straight to the US after grad and it was a great experience. I got my critical care program done for free and with pay . I worked in critical care immediantly and gained a ton of experience. When I came back to canada I had over 10 job offers.
    I would encourage all new grads to go and get the experience and all the extra qualifications that canadian hospitals refuse to pay for.

    In the US nurses are very well respected by all professions, the culture shock when I returned to cnada was bad. It took along time to break alot of doctors out of the habit of being disrespectful. The families are a perfect horror here after the US. In the US patients and families were deeply respectful. Here in canada nurses are not valued so expect a real shock when you come back. The other thing about working in the US is your nursing collegues are respectful too..they do not believe in eating their young there.
    When I came back I couldn't believe the attitude of senior nurses...thats another thing..no unions..so nobody calling you junior.
    I look back at my US experience as the best thing I ever did.
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    I am trying to get my papers to move to the US this summer too.! I've worked here 1 yr and already am sick of the way nurses are treated! :angryfire
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    Just be careful of where you go, there are a LOT of American nurses being treated like crap as well.
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    All the previously mentioned (that is positive) is true by my experience. I love working in the states and at this time have no intentions of returning anytime soon. True, the money is nice but the respect, training (free) and opportunities for advancement are what keep me here.


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