Quote from Hhodinski
Ummm LOTS of Ortho tech jobs are offered throu AUPE!!!!!! And she is right about the pay, you start at like 30 dollars an hour and go up to forty an hour. The Royal Alex Hospital and The University Hospital hire Ortho techs ALL the time and are throu AUPE, I havent seen an Ortho tech job here in Alberta yet that hasnt been throu AUPE so i have no idea what the person above is talking about saying that there are "few", I am one and there are LOTS!!!!! And you DO NOT make what an OR tech makes, you make 30-40, just go to alberta health services and you will see all the ortho tech jobs that are avail and EVERY job on alberta health services for ortho tech is by AUPE so dont even listen to that other person, they prob just dont want you to become an ortho
We read your comment at work last night and wanted to say a couple of thing.
Using your real name on a forum is either incredibly brave or naive. We checked you on the LPN registration site and your specialty tag isn't listed against your license. You might want to get CLPNA on that.
I work with one of your classmates and she says Hi.
Thanks for bringing a dead thread to life after nearly a year.
I stand by every word I said at the time. The AUPE contract only brought the majority of Ortho Techs up to HSAA parity fairly recenlty. From older coworkers and what an Ortho Tech told us it was all smoke and mirrors and went back to the Camsell and their on the job training of OR and Ortho Techs. RAH inherited OR Techs from the Camsell who had no qualifications and wound up being the most expensive porters ever. A coworker back in 2008 looked into doing the Ortho Tech course and he said it wasn't worth the effort for the small wage increase. The positions at the time when posteded were strangely worded about "certified" v. "non-certified" Techs. Now CLPNA is funding the education so it really isn't a huge investment for any LPN who wants to go that route.
AUPE realized they were going to have to bring the OrthoTechs up to parity with the HSAA Ortho Tech or risk huge problems. They are also going to have to do something for the Dialysis Techs and OR Techs who do only make slightly over a $1/hour for their skill set. They care for exactly the same patients and perform every role the RN does apart from Charge.
You might want to consider changing your user name to "cast cutter" or something because using your real name in posts like yours isn't going to win you any friends in the workplace.