i've been an lpn graduate for a little over a year now. even though i've been applying to various places (i am from BC and have been applying to the different health authorities in BC, as well as AB, SA, MA), i have not gotten a call back or even an email stating that they've reviewed my application.
i have made the decision to move to alberta and work as a care aid and apply for AHS position while i am there. i worked so hard to in nursing school and i don't want to lose that knowledge, so what i've been doing so far is just reviewing old care plans, disease pathologies, and pharmacology notes i took while i was in school. i was wondering, do you guys have any tips/tricks to keep your nursing education/skills on point? i know experience is really key.. but kinda hard when i am basically a "sitting duck" when it comes to call backs.
thanks so much for your replies,
Feb 27, '13
Agreed. This is the worst possible time to move to AB, unless you don't mind very small town rural nursing. There was a memo circulating about cost cutting measures, and more to come after the budget. Facilities are choosing not to replace sick calls with casuals. Nurses are just working short on purpose on some units....and a friend confirmed this yesterday. Unless you have a job offer, or as I mentioned, you can tolerate rural nursing for at least one year, I would not advise the move. AB is currently hurting as much as the rest of Canada for health care.
Based on the fact that you need to get experience ASAP, before you consider moving out of Province, I would strongly suggest you apply to any and every rural area in BC and even AB. You will gain valuable experience, work lots, and after a year or so, you will be able to move on. In order to build your skills since you're now a new/ old grad and maintain a routine, it helps to have a set rotation.
All the cities are extremely competitive and there are not enough jobs. I've worked rural for 2.5 years. Best decision I made, soon time to move forward. Forget about all the comforts and frills, instead consider the positives to working rural. Just something to consider because if you looked at small towns, you could probably land a position within 4-6 weeks. Rural areas are all in need of staff.
Last edit by joanna73 on Feb 27, '13
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