Ontario RPNs and Unions - page 2

by villers

Is anyone else frustrated with the way unions are handling RPNs? The pay difference between the RPN and RN has greatly increased (It used to be $5.00) The RPN's scope of practice has increased tremendously however, the RN's are... Read More


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    Is ONA not a union for RPNs? I have seen them mention handling RPNs (VERY briefly) on their website. Im still a student, and I have been frustrated how all the unions and associations are all RN. I visit these websites and its like RN RN RN RN in bold letters everywhere and RPN in tiny type in the corner (im using an analogy). Who advocates for RPNs besides RPNAO? The resources RPNAO seems to have is tiny compared to RNAO. RNAO has awesome groups and benefits for students but I cant find anything similar for PN students. Even at my school there is a group for the BScN students which holds fun events and formals....but nothing for PN students.

    Its very frustrating, and I haven't even entered the profession yet so I'm sure I know nothing about how it really is!
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    Quote from vintageandrea
    Is ONA not a union for RPNs? I have seen them mention handling RPNs (VERY briefly) on their website. Im still a student, and I have been frustrated how all the unions and associations are all RN. I visit these websites and its like RN RN RN RN in bold letters everywhere and RPN in tiny type in the corner (im using an analogy). Who advocates for RPNs besides RPNAO? The resources RPNAO seems to have is tiny compared to RNAO. RNAO has awesome groups and benefits for students but I cant find anything similar for PN students. Even at my school there is a group for the BScN students which holds fun events and formals....but nothing for PN students.

    Its very frustrating, and I haven't even entered the profession yet so I'm sure I know nothing about how it really is!
    ONA - Ontario Nurses Association, is strictly for RN's. In Ontario I think it is really just the RPNAO, and now YOU

    I think the ''events'' at your school, lacking for the PN's is the difference in the four year university and two year college program. University is more of an experience. The two years is really not a lot of time to develop those types of people who get really involved and plan things.

    I don't care that i did not have dance's. We were a really tight group. We had bar nights, went for dinner and became friends, truly with everyone in the program. I found that to be a big difference between the PN and BN programs. The BN's had less of a community, more 'few close friends'.
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    Cool, thanks for the response! Since my program goes straight through the summer...that makes the program even shorter (1yr 4mo)!
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    Quote from loriangel14
    I hear ya!! I think that it is disgraceful that they increased the education requirements for an RPN but neglected to give RPNs a raise. But what can we do?
    They increased the education level to BScN in Ontario and no raise for that either. That's life.
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    I think that is the way of the future.. I see many places hiring RPNs instead of RNs because its cheaper and can perform the same job. I have both an RN and RPN license and Im gonna hang on to my RPN license like its gold, because I think more and more in the future the RPN jobs will be more stable. I even see RNs getting laid off in some settings.


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