Newly Registered RPN required to do upgrade course -- ASSESSMENT

  1. 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 internationally educated nurse. The same thing I noticed when I look for jobs online especially with hospitals. They have all these requirements for certain certificates such as medication certificate, wound care, assessment, etc. aside from months or years of experience. Something I am obviously still trying to earn.

    I decided to post here coz I am not sure which school I should have my upgrade. I live in Mississauga, Ontario, and I would like to have a few tips and ideas which school is best for me location-wise, and also I would like to know if I can do the Assessment Course online? I was told Mohawk school offers online courses for it but I'd also like to know what other options I have before I decide.

    If any of you here can give me a link that would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   nmlola
    Hi! May i ask from where did you earn your nursing degree? Im also just starting here in toronto.. Actually.. Im still waiting for my assessment to take the exam.. Rpn and rn.. How did you prepare for the rpn exam?
  4. by   jay_j
    finished in Philippines.
  5. by   nmlola
    Quote from jay_j
    finished in Philippines.
    How did you prepare for the rpn exam?
  6. by   kheemooy
    Quote from jay_j
    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 internationally educated nurse. The same thing I noticed when I look for jobs online especially with hospitals. They have all these requirements for certain certificates such as medication certificate, wound care, assessment, etc. aside from months or years of experience. Something I am obviously still trying to earn.

    I decided to post here coz I am not sure which school I should have my upgrade. I live in Mississauga, Ontario, and I would like to have a few tips and ideas which school is best for me location-wise, and also I would like to know if I can do the Assessment Course online? I was told Mohawk school offers online courses for it but I'd also like to know what other options I have before I decide.

    If any of you here can give me a link that would be greatly appreciated.
    George Brown College offers online courses as well. and it's closer to Mississauga. They also offer bursaries.
  7. by   Daisy_08
    The medication course and assessment course are generally for the older RPNs, whose scope has grown since they began school. Where would you like to work? That should help direct you as to what courses to take. Honestly you have only had your license one month. January tends to be a slower month (no more holiday time, staff all willing to work over time to pay off gifts, less sick calls ect) so many places are not hiring externally. You just need to keep handing out resumes, and wait for a call
  8. by   Bringonthenight
    I didn't think the Philippines had RPNs? I'm confused
  9. by   Daisy_08
    Quote from Bringonthenight
    I didn't think the Philippines had RPNs? I'm confused
    The CRNE has deemed the OPs education level the equivalent of an RPN in Canada
  10. by   Christoph
    Quote from jay_j
    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 internationally educated nurse. The same thing I noticed when I look for jobs online especially with hospitals. They have all these requirements for certain certificates such as medication certificate, wound care, assessment, etc. aside from months or years of experience. Something I am obviously still trying to earn.

    I decided to post here coz I am not sure which school I should have my upgrade. I live in Mississauga, Ontario, and I would like to have a few tips and ideas which school is best for me location-wise, and also I would like to know if I can do the Assessment Course online? I was told Mohawk school offers online courses for it but I'd also like to know what other options I have before I decide.

    If any of you here can give me a link that would be greatly appreciated.

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  11. by   feljade20
    Quote from jay_j
    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 internationally educated nurse. The same thing I noticed when I look for jobs online especially with hospitals. They have all these requirements for certain certificates such as medication certificate, wound care, assessment, etc. aside from months or years of experience. Something I am obviously still trying to earn.

    I decided to post here coz I am not sure which school I should have my upgrade. I live in Mississauga, Ontario, and I would like to have a few tips and ideas which school is best for me location-wise, and also I would like to know if I can do the Assessment Course online? I was told Mohawk school offers online courses for it but I'd also like to know what other options I have before I decide.

    If any of you here can give me a link that would be greatly appreciated.
    Just wanna ask what course you're taking up to? Rpn or Rn?
  12. by   jay_j
    Quote from feljade20

    Just wanna ask what course you're taking up to? Rpn or Rn?
    sorry for this very delayed response. I didn't take any course. I just had myself assessed for RN and RPN with CNO. I was approved or RPN.
  13. by   Helper11
    There is a school which places its students if you upgrade with them.
  14. by   jay_j
    Quote from Helper11
    There is a school which places its students if you upgrade with them.

    what do mean "places"?

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