Graduating Nurse from Ontario Moving to Calgary - page 3

by blissity 7,367 Views | 45 Comments

Hi there, I am looking for information on the nursing job market in Calgary for graduate nurses. Are there any full time positions available this coming summer? Ideally I would like to get hired for August/September (once my... Read More


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    Rural AB basically means in the middle of nowhere. Nothing to do, nowhere close to go. You work and sleep. Great for experience and saving money. Rural is Northern AB. Many small towns that are in need of staff across the North. Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Grande Prairie are not considered rural. These are major centres (as far as AB is concerned). I don't understand why you wouldn't accept the neuro job for a year, or even 9 months, then move to AB. As far as building your skills and gaining nursing experience, working as an aide or a waitress is not going to set you ahead. As far as your nursing career is concerned, that doesn't make sense, IMO. Work smart, not hard.
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    To answer your edited post about rural, no Okotoks et al is not rural. Rural is Northern AB. Okotoks is near Calgary.
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    Well I was hoping to write the CRNE in Calgary and not have to transfer license to CARNA. I am just waiting for my CNO package right now to figure out whether they would do that for me or if I have to fill out the online application from CARNA directly. Worse case scenario would be working as a server + health care aide while waiting to get into AHS or going rural.. Maybe I'll pick up bartending as well as I've heard they pay well over the summer (could get me through till Fall 2013/Winter 2014)

    P.S. Would Airdrie, Okotoks, and Cochrane count as rural?
    Uhm, Airdrie, Okotoks are commutersville for Calgary. Almost suburban!

    Rural is out in the middle of nowhere and no Stettler isn't really considered rural
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    Pretty soon all those communites will be within the city limits
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    It is sad to hear that Alberta is also cutting jobs. I am RN from Ottawa, ON. Planning to move to Calgary. Currently applying for job through AHS but no response yet. Is there any other ways to apply for job (other than AHS)? I already have registration with CARNA but no job offer yet.
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    As of yesterday, there is a hiring freeze with AHS as they scrutinize FTE's. I would expect that this will continue into the summer months. AHS did not receive the funding they were promised from the government. Unless you are an internal applicant, or you are willing to work rural areas, don't count on hearing anything for a while. Many rural areas are in need of staff through AHS. Otherwise, you could search for homecare or other private nursing agencies in AB.
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    Yeah all of us AHS employees just got an email saying there may "not necessarily" be layoffs. So in other words it is something they are considering and a good possibility. Uggg
    Probably not the best time to be trying to get a job with AHS
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    I read the same email. I can't see them laying off that many people, but for sure AHS won't be hiring externally unless it's absolutely warranted. Forget about moving to Calgary or Edmonton unless you have experience in a specialty like OR, ER, ICU, because there are far too many applicants for the cities with few jobs. That's the reality OP.
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    Quote from joanna73
    I read the same email. I can't see them laying off that many people, but for sure AHS won't be hiring externally unless it's absolutely warranted. Forget about moving to Calgary or Edmonton unless you have experience in a specialty like OR, ER, ICU, because there are far too many applicants for the cities with few jobs. That's the reality OP.
    No, I don't see them really laying many people off but it did say they will be redistributing people to priority areas. I really hope I don't get moved to an even crazier unit than the one I'm on.
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    Working rural is even worse because many of the facilities already operate on a skeleton staff as is. AHS has been refusing to hire contract nurses for months, and that's the only way the staff gets a break. Their locum positions are also difficult to recruit for. Nursing is yet again going through a rough time in general, and these politicians don't care. It's all about the money.


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