Newly Registered RPN required to do upgrade course -- ASSESSMENT - page 3

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I am a new RPN I took the exam last September 2012 and have been registered since December 2012. I have been looking for jobs online and have been through a few interviews. I was advised to take upgrade course(s) since I am an... Read More


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    Quote from toronto_nurse

    Have you considered the bridging program from RPN to BScN? I know some IENS that completed the bridging component just to get acute positions as RPNs. Some continued towards their BScN and some settled for the bridging post-grad certificate.
    yes, I have thought about it but practically speaking I think it is best that I focus on what I have for now especially that nursing jobs especially RNs nowadays are harder to find than RPNs. i learned from a friend who is a RN (not an IEN who graduated from McMaster) that RNs in their hospital are offered bonuses to resign. so if I do bridging program now which I might finish approxately 2 years, what are the odds of landing a job by then?

    Also with my situation being alone here with no family to support me, I have to make the most of what I have and spend less. so I am thinking of upgrading enough to at least land a job at being a RPN. I guess this is the best option for me considering my circumstance. Although I know it would be better if I RPNs do bridging to be a RN. I would encourage others if they can do so.
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    by the way, does anyone have any idea more or less how much Georgebrown bursary is given for Health Assessment online course? I know it is $412 for this spring class. I would just want to know if it's worth missing an entire day's work because I might end up losing more money missing work to apply for bursary in Georgebrown this coming week and won't be getting enough out of it.

    any advice? thank you.
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    Quote from jay_j
    yes, I have thought about it but practically speaking I think it is best that I focus on what I have for now especially that nursing jobs especially RNs nowadays are harder to find than RPNs. i learned from a friend who is a RN (not an IEN who graduated from McMaster) that RNs in their hospital are offered bonuses to resign. so if I do bridging program now which I might finish approxately 2 years, what are the odds of landing a job by then?

    Also with my situation being alone here with no family to support me, I have to make the most of what I have and spend less. so I am thinking of upgrading enough to at least land a job at being a RPN. I guess this is the best option for me considering my circumstance. Although I know it would be better if I RPNs do bridging to be a RN. I would encourage others if they can do so.
    Like I said I had classmates who didn't continue to pursue the BScN and managed to get acute jobs with just having complete the med-surg clinical component. The health assessment course you take at any of the schools will not give you clinical experience so I don't think it will give you any more of an advantage. As an IEN you need Canadian clinical experiences so the bridging program may give you just that.
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    Quote from toronto_nurse

    Like I said I had classmates who didn't continue to pursue the BScN and managed to get acute jobs with just having complete the med-surg clinical component. The health assessment course you take at any of the schools will not give you clinical experience so I don't think it will give you any more of an advantage. As an IEN you need Canadian clinical experiences so the bridging program may give you just that.
    okay, so how to I go on about that? I honestly have no clue how this bridging programs work and how I would know which courses are best to take to have better chances to get a real job or where to start.
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    hello! Im an IEN too from the Philippines. I will be taking the CPNRE this May. My CARE case manager told me to take the bridging program too because it will serve as an evidence of safe practice for i didn't have paid nursing experience since i graduated in 2008. >.< Do you know other people taking this course? My friend have friends who passed CPNRE but they are still doing this program. it sucks! >.<
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    Quote from shimoto
    hello! Im an IEN too from the Philippines. I will be taking the CPNRE this May. My CARE case manager told me to take the bridging program too because it will serve as an evidence of safe practice for i didn't have paid nursing experience since i graduated in 2008. >.< Do you know other people taking this course? My friend have friends who passed CPNRE but they are still doing this program. it sucks! >.<
    Do you know how long it gonna take to complete the bridging program? @shimoto


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