Oh MAN !!! Are you reading my mind ??? First of all, I too am completely shocked at the lack of respect we RPN's get here, (Ont) as far as our knowledge, and they say there is such a NEED... for us, yet, I work in the system, and it is not as big a need as the cry, when , there are many of us RPNs out here that want to upgrade, to RN, and have 10,15, + years of experience, overlooked for that RN desired, and that we will not be recognized for our experience if we wish to go back to school! I am 51, and yearn to do just that, but need to work, cant afford 3-4 years, of school, (my kids need that more than I do ) and no place close enough, could go to Buffalo, if there was such a program there. Sarnia is a bit of a drive.... but oh, boy, I would think more..... now. I have worked in US (FL) and had my LPN there for 8yrs, and stupidly let "go" of lic, when we moved back, now that i wish to consider both places eventually (snowbird) , I found out I cannot get it back now. They no longer will support the RPN/LPN's of Canada, as had in the past, (as of Jan this year) I was told just today. He said, "the education is not equivalent" to US LPNs. So, short of writing the NCLEX again in Fl, and a great deal more, this is happier news for me.... just need to look into more. I will re-read the post, several times before it sinks in, what you have said. I am to excited. THANKS for the info. I would love to Chat with you more, on this..... one to one..... if need be. You made my day, and gave me hope again. Even working in Buffalo as an RN, will be more work than i see available now. Meaning too, that our country will loose a good nurse once again, they need to do some thinking here.