I love nursing in Canada because... - page 3
by bizzymum919 6,307 Views | 58 Comments
I am starting this thread because I would like feedback on the positives about nursing in Canada. I hear so much about people moving to the US and I would love to hear from those who are staying, living and nursing in Canada. ... Read More
- 0Jan 16, '06 by NotReady4PrimeTime Senior ModeratorQuote from fergus51And here I am wearing my windbreaker to work! Guess we make 'em tougher up here! I think I'd miss the change of seasons too much if I lived in California, though I hate shovelling snow off our 80 foot driveway! I could never give up walking the dog along the river in the fall, or the spring either for that matter.A warm Canadian winter is still reaaaaalllllllyyyyy cold compared to California though Jan I went home for Christmas and almost died I felt so cold.
- 0Jan 16, '06 by Paulette RNI have lived on the west coast, east coast and the north as well....have to say that there are pros to each of the areas I have lived. If you are looking at temp wise, of course the west coast wins....well maybe not this year with their record breaking rain....but the east coast can also be mild and the people make the difference there....everyone is family. The north is where the experiences are...stories you will have to tell and retell for years to come. If you choose Canada to pursue your nursing career, you will never regret it.....maybe the wages are not as high as in the US, but I have never had to ask a patient whether they have insurance or not....
- 0Quote from Paulette RNI've never had to ask a patient that either. It isn't the role of the RN. I have to say that although I do miss Canada, I haven't regretted my decision to work in the US for a second.If you choose Canada to pursue your nursing career, you will never regret it.....maybe the wages are not as high as in the US, but I have never had to ask a patient whether they have insurance or not....
- 0Quote from janfrnWe do have seasons (you can definitely tell it's winter right now!), they just aren't as pronounced. I used to think it was funny when people were whining that it was cold when it was in the 50s, but I've obviously been acclimatized to California or something because it feels cold to me too now:chuckleAnd here I am wearing my windbreaker to work! Guess we make 'em tougher up here! I think I'd miss the change of seasons too much if I lived in California, though I hate shovelling snow off our 80 foot driveway! I could never give up walking the dog along the river in the fall, or the spring either for that matter.
- 0Jan 16, '06 by DADENTYQuote from BicycleboyCanada doesnt have a province called Flordia? In Alberta entery to practice is still a diploma. Degree optional. In the Eastern provinces, Ont, PEI, NFLD entery to practice is BN or BSCNIf you are not already an RN you need to get your BScN which takes 4 years. I think even if you are an RPN you still have to take the 4 year course. I am not 100% sure about my last statement but I mention it because in my first year class there are RPN's starting right at the bottom with the rest of us.
Canada's warmest province is Florida, after that it is southwestern BC right on the coast. I have read that places on Vancouver Island are the sunniest in Canada. But in the summer it is probably not the hottest, the weather there is moderated by the Pacific.
I cannot quote salaries since I am just a student in first year, bit I think they may be comprable to the USA if cost of living is factored in, unless you live in southern Ont.
- 0Jan 25, '06 by LizzypoohQuote from Zari.SVNHere, RPNs go to school for 2 years, and RNs go for 4 years. And around here rpns start at around 18 dollars an hour (Canadian). And i'm not sure which province is the overall warmest.. possibly BC, their winters aren't as cold; but here in southern ontario it can get to be 35 degrees celcius in the summerA LVN can go back to school one more year to get his/her RN. I have heard that in Canada you are required more school for equivalent positions, I just did not know how much truth there was to it . At any rate an LVN's starting wages can be 15.00-17.00 USD per hour. How is the salary there do you know ? Also what is Canada's warmest province ?
Now, i have a question for you... in the states, who gives out the meds? LVNs or RNs?
- 0Jan 28, '06 by Paulette RNQuote from fergus51Sorry, I did not mean that literally . I also have friends who have taken up nursing in the US. The hospitals they have worked for have been great about educational opportunities and such, certainly sounds like much more than we offer here in Canada. How long have you been in the states and what area are you working in now?I've never had to ask a patient that either. It isn't the role of the RN. I have to say that although I do miss Canada, I haven't regretted my decision to work in the US for a second.
Doesn't take long to get acclimatized to a warmer climate...oh what I would not give to be outdoors without the regalia of winterwear right now....