LPN in BC planning to move to SK to work

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    Hi, I'm an LPN in BC, Canada and now planning to move to Saskatchewan to find a job. Is there a lot of jobs in SK particularly in Regina? Anyone would like to share infos and their experiences are highly appreciated. Thanks.
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    Hello, I'm a future LPN student and saw your post. I'm getting a bit frustrated on how there's little to no job opportunities for LPNs here in BC. I might have to move outside just to get my foot in the door after I graduate & get my license.

    Here's a link to your inquiry.

    http://www.informationmarchetravail.ca/standard.aspx?ppid=83&lcode=eng&prov=47&gaid=23715&occ=3233&job= &search_ppid=59&search_key=4&search_criteria=

    I sure hope this helps. Have you considered working as RCA? I might have to do that so I could pay student loans but will definitely consider moving outside BC.

    Good luck in your search. Take care
    Last edit by marchgirl on May 7, '11
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    Sorry copying and pasting doesn't seem to work. You can go to www.labourmarket.ca then click on potential employers....

    I'm sure you'll figure that out : )
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    Hi march girl,

    Thanks for your message. I was an RCA before and became an LPN 7 years ago and working in the hospital. Yes, I noticed that lots of new LPNs who did their preceptorships in my workplace finding themselves having difficulties being hired as soon as they graduated and got their licenses. In fact, one of new LPNs got hired in Calgary on fulltime basis right away. One of the reasons I'm planning to move to SK is their pay rate which is now $30+/hour compared here in BC the starting rate is $24+/hour also the lower cost of living.

    Regards.
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    It's really bad here in BC..sad to say However, it's nice to know that there's other options elsewhere. I will definitely keep it in mind after I graduate & get my license.
    So, do you have to find a place to live there? Will your family be moving with you?
    Good luck on your choice. I hope everything will work out for you.
    All the best!
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    Quote from LPN_of_BC
    Hi, I'm an LPN in BC, Canada and now planning to move to Saskatchewan to find a job. Is there a lot of jobs in SK particularly in Regina? Anyone would like to share infos and their experiences are highly appreciated. Thanks.
    Hi,
    This comment is about 1 year later, but this is a real concern, still..

    1st: LPN in BC, I started as low as $23.20/hour, which meant I was paid a mere 30cents more/hour than a health care worker.. how do you like them apples?? Now, 3 years later, I score $24/hour. I work in long term care, and have a beef with that those working in long term care are paid less than LPN's in hospitals. What's with that??
    We have 35 residents, some of them quite complex, in addition to psych issues.

    I heard some RN's coming in from Hospitals saying it is NOT easier nor less stressful in long term care and they have a hard time keeping up with duties. Maybe it was less work say 10 or 15 years ago, but things have changed, and the wages need to reflect that.
    I noticed the new LPN's dont stay, they all want to work in hospitals, b/c of better pay, the workload is not heavier than long term. I keep trying and applying to hospitals, and if I land a job, Ill be gone in a heart beat, why should I work for less?

    Pitiful, however, sadly, makes me think in spite of everybody hailing my work, that LPN's may not be that valued, even though things would go to hell in a handbasket if we all quit.
    Trust me, I work like a machinegun from the minute I get into work to past clock out time, only take 1/2 of my allowed break time. Not to put HCW's down, but somehow they are able to sit down and "shoot the ****" after 9pm easily, and still collect an attractive wage with all figured out benefits (they have the time to read the union booklet..)till 11pm.
    (some of them give me the snide look of "well look who is the smart one" while sitting watching TV while I am still running). That does NOT justify a mere 30 cents more per hour, not to mention the large responsibility I also carry.

    I am also considering emigrating out of BC. I have to think of my future, my pension, and hopefully have a little bit of a life too, not run ragged in low pay situation, in a high cost of living province.

    Time to air out the dirty laundry, the facts that dont seem to get out there.

    So, I agree, BC is a bad place for LPN's. Either dont become one if staying here, or emigrate to another province.
    weemsp, LPN_of_BC, joanna73, and 1 other like this.
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    hi systerm,

    glad to hear from you and all of what you have said are greatly appreciated and all TRUE !!! well i don't stop researching the better place to settle and work in our profession...so it's either i go to AB first since i have lots of friends who could help me to settle in or to SK...forget about the weather...what's important right now is my family, my future, my life and my well being....which ever replied first to my application and hired me that's where i decide....regards
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    Hello all...just to update you finally I got a job here in Calgary 9 months ago in LTC and I'm loving it. It's totally different than working in hospital. I have 35 residents to give meds with no personal care at all. Less stress than my previous job in hospital. My employer considered my seniority hours in BC and I got the top rate right away! The rates are very competitive with AHS. I heard LTCs here have different wages or lesser than in AHS but the place I'm working right now have the same rates in AHS. Managers and staff are very nice, very respectful, frequent education services update and they do send RNs/LPNs for education in AHS's office. Even if I only have a regular part time job I almost working fulltime due to many shifts being offered especially night shift which gives you extra/more $ due to the night differential which is higher than in BC.
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    Quote from LPN_of_BC
    Hello all...just to update you finally I got a job here in Calgary 9 months ago in LTC and I'm loving it. It's totally different than working in hospital. I have 35 residents to give meds with no personal care at all. Less stress than my previous job in hospital. My employer considered my seniority hours in BC and I got the top rate right away! The rates are very competitive with AHS. I heard LTCs here have different wages or lesser than in AHS but the place I'm working right now have the same rates in AHS. Managers and staff are very nice, very respectful, frequent education services update and they do send RNs/LPNs for education in AHS's office. Even if I only have a regular part time job I almost working fulltime due to many shifts being offered especially night shift which gives you extra/more $ due to the night differential which is higher than in BC.
    Hi, sounds good, I am glad you found a good place to work, may I ask which long term care? You can send private message, thanks
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    LPN of BC ,


    Thanks a lot for the insight , everybody who is planing to move to calgary have the same question I guess, Are there still jobs after nine months? And IF yes , what will be the best way to job search upon landing in calgary ? AHS? Or meeting managers in person? Or agency's?

    Your input will be a great help .

    Thanks


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