Nursing in northern communities
- 0Jan 1, '08 by betaqI am looking for a nursing position in a northern community--i would like an experience which provides a certain degree of training/orientation
I am open to any advice/interested in hearing others experience
I work in intensive care at the moment but would like to pursue a career in community health nursing
- 0Jan 3, '08 by lalaxtonHi Betaq,
I have worked in several northern communities. Health Canada does offer an orientation program if you go to one of their nursing stations. Most other regions offer extensive orientations as well. Have no fear no will 'throw you to the wolves' on your own.
If you do go up with an agency however be aware that some of them offer no orientation whatsoever and you are expected to hit the ground running if you work through an agency doing relief work in a northern nursing station.
So my best advice is decide on what part of the north you want to go to and contact that area directly. They are so short of Community Health RN's just about everywhere they will be happy to help you.
Feel free to PM me for more info.:spin:
- 0Apr 7, '08 by betaqhey lalaxton
thanks again for your advice--ive finally decided to apply to health canada--i spoke to the hr rep and she told me they offer one month orientation and i can go part time with them--a month at a time--a good option for me as i have a partner and cannot leave my life for one year in toronto--so i think ive found a good option--i did speak to the agency and found that it would probably not prepare me for the north--they did offer orientation (an informal 3-4 sessions with an NP) but it seemed alittle too informal to me--i felt nervous about it and thought i should go with my gut--i took your advice into consideration so thanks so much!
- 0Nov 13, '08 by betaqQuote from lalaxtonHi LalaxtonGood luck!
Let us know how it goes.
I finally completed the hiring process for FNIHB and am scheduled to head up to sioux lookout in January. I will be completing the orientation in the first month and am very excited. Besides buying some good winter gear what other things do you recommend I do before heading up? What resources would you recommend--I have been reading about native culture and issues in the communities and speaking with friends who have gone up.
- 0Nov 18, '08 by lalaxtonDepending on what nursing experience you have I would bone up on those areas you lack. For example, if you have adult ICU experience I'd review my peds assessment and common peds conditions. If you have med/surg experience I'd look over things like ACLS protocols and emergency/trauma etc. Health Canada does have guidelines for you to follow but these don't always have all the information you need.
Also realize that food is expensive up there and there is not alot of choice. Bring food that you don't think you'll be able to find, such as ethnic or specialty items that you love. I like nice dark roast coffee and I know I won't find it there so bring it with me. If you'll be in Sioux Lookout for awhile for orientation you'll probably have the chance to hit the grocery store there before heading up to a northern community.
Glad to hear you are finally going up! Maybe we'll run into each other one day!
- 1May 21, '10 by NotReady4PrimeTime, RN Senior ModeratorWhat you'll be doing in northern Manitoba will be nothing like working on a paeds surgical floor. Up there you'll be doing a lot of triaging, care for diabetics of all ages (the aboriginal population in Manitoba has the second highest incidence of Type II diabetes in the world, will all its attendant complications), other consequences of poor nutrition, alcohol and substance abuse, prenatal exams, well-baby visits, suturing, treating frostbite, dog maulings and assaults, and depending on where you are, you could be dealing with frequent suicide attempts. In many communities you'll be the only health care provider. The cost of living is extraordinarily high because most goods need to be trucked for hundreds of km or else flown in. It can be a very rewarding experience for the right person.