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.
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.