RPN Wages in Ontario - page 7

I'm currently a PSW in ontario, & i'm almost done the Practical Nursing program. I'm curious to see what type of monthly income any other RPN's in Ontario are currently making. I'm a single... Read More

  1. by   mrz_gem
    hi..i am also an RN from the philippines...hopefully in God's grace, i be in toronto with a PR visa..i would just like to ask you, what is BET??..is it better to take english test here in the philippines or there in canada?..can my volunteer nurse certificate be used by the CNO as part of the 1,125hours of nursing safe practice or you must be a staff nurse?? do they honor volunteer nurse certificate??...if u take, RPN first, how long do u have to study for the course and how much is the tuition for it?? or can i just take the RPN program exam right away since i am an RN nurse??....lastly, how much does an RPN makes like comparison between RPN n hospitals and elderly homes??...pls pls do enlighten me how to get about in toronto..i want to prepare everything that is needed to be done prior to my arrival der, in God's grace...PLS DO HELP!...God bless you always! May GOd bless you abundantly!...
  2. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Quote from mrz_gem
    hi..i am also an RN from the philippines...hopefully in God's grace, i be in toronto with a PR visa..i would just like to ask you, what is BET??
    BET is the Baccalaureate Equivalency Table. Ontario was the only province in Canada using such an assessment tool and has recently discarded it. Applicants are now rewuired to obtain transcripts from their school of nursing and have them submitted to CNO directly from the school, as is the practice in all the other provinces.

    Quote from mrz_gem
    ..is it better to take english test here in the philippines or there in canada?
    You can take the exam wherever it's convenient for you. However the exam must be either IELTS or CELBAN and the results must be submitted directly from the testing agency.

    Quote from mrz_gem
    ..can my volunteer nurse certificate be used by the CNO as part of the 1,125hours of nursing safe practice or you must be a staff nurse?? do they honor volunteer nurse certificate??
    Volunteer nursing usually doesn't count unless the volunteer is performing all the same activities that an employed nurse would be doing in that situation. For example, spending four hours a day at a nursing home feeding people is not specifically a nursing activity while passing medications, providing treatments and performing dressing changes are. Another example is the nurse who volunteers for a medical mission to a third-world country where they perform all the same activities they do in their paid employment, such as pre-operative screening, intraoperative nursing, critical care nursing and post-operative care. This kind of volunteer nursing counts.

    Quote from mrz_gem
    ...if u take, RPN first, how long do u have to study for the course and how much is the tuition for it?? or can i just take the RPN program exam right away since i am an RN nurse??
    You should not have to take a practical nursing program if you are already an RN, but are unable to meet the requirements for registration as an RN. What you need is authorization from the College of Nurses to write the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Exam (CPNRE). This means that they have evaluated your education and experience and determined that they meet minimum requirements to function as a practical nurse in Ontario. (You need to be aware that only Ontario calls practical nurses RPNS. All other provinces call them LPNs or licensed practical nurses. In western Canada, RPNs are Registered Psychiatric Nurses. This is a very important distinction.) IF you should have to take a practical nursing course, the full-time program is 2 years. Tuition for an international student will be about $12.500CDN.

    Quote from mrz_gem
    ....lastly, how much does an RPN makes like comparison between RPN n hospitals and elderly homes??
    First year RNs in Ontario are paid $29.36 per hour, plus shift differentials while practical nurses start at $20.51 an hour. There are 9 steps on each pay scale, meaning that to reach the top of the scale a person must work 8 years of full time hours, with a raise at the end of each year of full time hours until one reaches the top. then the only raises are those provided for through collective bargaining.

    Quote from mrz_gem
    ...pls pls do enlighten me how to get about in toronto..i want to prepare everything that is needed to be done prior to my arrival der, in God's grace...PLS DO HELP!...God bless you always! May GOd bless you abundantly!...
    Toronto is the largest city in Canada. It covers 243 square miles of this Earth... more land than 25 countries and principalities. It has a pretty efficient public transit system. Getting a transit map would be a good place to start. You'll have to plan your movements around the city and allow plenty of time to get where you're going. And you need to be aware that the cost of living in Toronto is the highest of any city in the country. Only Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal come close.
  3. by   talaibon
    I'm registered practical nurse in Toronto, I'm still looking for RPN jobs (almost 7mos here still no jobs). Any suggestions....Help me..
  4. by   Glimpsethepast
    Hello, good for you and keep up the great work in achieving your goals! I have been an RPN since 1984. I work on a surgical unit in a general hospital located about 4 hours north of Toronto. Been at the same job since I graduated. I make a base wage of $28.00 per hour. BUT when I work the night rotation which is every two weeks and when I work weekends which is every second week my wage increases to approx. $32.00 an hour. I get FULL benefits, more benefits than I could ever possibly use unless I or my family gets seriously ill. Hope this helps a bit. Being an RPN is extremely rewarding. I highly recommend it! (Incidently when I started at the hospital I was making $8.00 an hour and was only casual 'call in'. It took about 3 years before I got on as a perm. part time with 3 shifts per week. Took another 5 YEARS to get fulltime. BUT that was then, back in the day when RPNs were considered glorified bed bathers. Today RPNs are sought after...LOTS of jobs!
  5. by   rpnsarah
    I work at a hospital in Ontario as an RPN graduated in march 2010 and I currently make 28.90 an hour. with full benefits aswell
  6. by   jonasmch37
    Hi, i live here in the US and i am planning on moving to Oshawa near family. i am currently in an LPN or as they call it in Canada RPN program. my question is this, what is the curriculum consist of. i cant seem to find it online. Any help will be appreciated.
  7. by   manitowabi_am
    How did you do your program at night? where did you take it? I'm in a similar situation, I want to take a nursing program but I am a single mom and I need to work as well, If I could find out how/where to take it at night, that would be awesome.

    Thanks,

    Quote from loriangel14
    If RN is your goal and you can swing it I would suggest you go straight to the RN program. Many people plan on going the RPN first route and want to bridge later but those plans go by the wayside.You know how life can get in the way of the best laid plans....
    RPN will take you 2 years(and you may have some prerequisites to do first) and the bridge will take you 3 more years after that. It depends on your personal circumstances. I was 38 and took my program part time at night because I was a single mom and I needed to keep working. Now I am 44 and still trying to pay off my school loans. Going back for 3 years and several more thousand dollars debt isn't looking so good now. Besides I have a job that I love and I like being an RPN. Which path is right for you is really something a stranger can't answer.Best of luck and you can come here if you have more questions.
  8. by   loriangel14
    I did it through Georgian College.It was 2 evening a week 6-10 pm.Clinical placements were day shifts though.I found it worked well for me because it was pay as you go and we did one subject at time.

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