New Grad (RN) wanting to work in Alberta or British Columbia... - page 2

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Hello, I am from Ontario and I am a new grad (RN). I really would like to work in Alberta or British Columbia. I have heard stories from people saying that other new grads have been able to find work in AB or BC and are making... Read More


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    British Columbia

    New Grad Salary $31.71

    BC Health Authorities Look At External Postings:

    They are:
    Northern Health Authority
    Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
    Interior Health Authority
    Fraser Health Authority
    Vancouver Island Health Authority
    Provincial Health Services Authority

    There are not jobs @ pay rate of $40 for new grads (that I know of)
    Most housing is find it your self, and not subsidized in any way.
    There are many new grads in BC looking for work now, I think it is a fairly competitive job market right now.
    Good Luck!
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    sjamesrn - can I ask where you ended up moving? How was the whole process of moving and finding accommodations, etc.
    I ended up in Calgary. Finding accommodations was harder for me since I have a dog. I had something set up prior but they changed their mind when I was driving throughd Northern Ontario. So I just set up some viewings right when I got here and lucked out and was able to get the first one I saw and moved in the next day. Rent is comparible here to nearly any bigger city in Ontario. My boyfriend was from Calgary and I had a few friends as resources. I found CARNA quick and didn't have ant issues switching my license over. I filled out the paper work ahead of time to speed up the process (maybe paid the $50 registration fee before I got an official offer I can't remember) I had my phone interview in Feb and told them I'd start in May so that also allowed for plenty of time to sort out my license. Alberta pays very well and cost of living and taxes are lower than BC and depending on where you are from in Ontario. The shift differentials make a huge difference which is where new grads can make around $40/hr depending on the shift and day but base rate is $31.29 for grad nurse and $34.31 once you are an RN. Plus you get an extra $1.25/hr for having your degree on top if that.
    Last edit by sjamesrn on May 3, '13
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    Thanks everyone for all the information. Hopefully ill be able to find some work.
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    I'm also a born and bred Albertan...and it is extremely unpredictable and unstable right now. Even people that have been given offers have arrived to find that the rotation they were offered has now been " re-structured" away.

    As joanna73 ( and other posters) have stated...working in some of the more rural areas does increase your options, however, we have MANY urban nurses that have found themselves out of their positions and are willing to go where they can find work....so the claws are out!!!! I don't want to sound discouraging...but that is the state of nursing in Alberta right now.
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    You'd probably be wiser to look for work in ON. Get at least a year or more of experience, and then apply to AB.

    You'll have more options for employment with some experience, and hopefully, within a year or so things will start to improve in AB. The budget was slashed in March, so nursing is terrible at the moment, and this trend is not disappearing anytime soon.

    Even if you were hired, as mentioned, positions are cancelled and/or nurses are being laid off. That's not a risk worth exploring, IMO.
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    @4_sq thanks for the info post on new grad pay/hr. Do you think the job outlook for new grads will change for the better within the next 3-4 years?
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    I too work for AHS and have been here for the past 10 years. Currently there are limited ( very limited) posting for new grads. Keep in mind that there are a few hundred new grads that come out of our programs in Calgary each year who are also looking for "new grad" positions. No new grad make 40 dollars per hour, not unless they are working for a staffing agency and I haven't heard of many of them.
    I work in a busy department and I have never had an agency nurse work in our department. Calgary is very expensive to live in and if you have to park a vehicle at one of the hospitals the price for parking is outrageous and is going up 100% by next year. These are all things to consider when making your decision to move to Alberta. I hope it all works out for you.
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    With shift differentials, it is possible for new grads in AB to make 40 dollars an hour. However, positions are scarce for both new grads and experienced nurses in AB at the moment due to ongoing budget cuts.

    Every other week, AHS has announced layoffs and potential cutbacks to healthcare because they are running a deficit. In reality, the highest paid executives are still receiving their bonuses while front line programs and staff are being cut throughout the Province.

    Last week, AHS announced more potential bed closures although no action plan has been disclosed. Cuts and hiring freezes are occuring in Calgary and Edmonton, in addition to smaller facilities closing or reducing hours. The facility in Bashaw is supposedly closing, and AHS wants to reduce the hours at various facilities across Central and Northern AB but many of the town councils are opposed to closures and fighting them.

    In order to accommodate displaced workers, positions have been frozen in the system. Now is not the time to consider a move to AB. For those people who are newly hired...beware. Internal staff who are displaced due to position eliminations and layoffs can bump junior staff.

    It's hard to say, but the economic climate in AB will probably be dismal for at least another year. Then AHS will start to hire again as they become desperate for staff and realize that the cuts have been too drastic. They're also counting on more nurses wanting to work full time, which won't happen.

    Anyone interested in reading the news briefs should google AHS. Since February 2013, numerous articles have surfaced regarding the health care cuts.
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