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  1. Who's for banning rotating shifts?
    Where I live there most nurses work rotating shifts. We're all union here (British Columbia, Canada) and most people don't like night shifts so this spreads around the misery to everyone. I'm not a...
    Jun 4
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  2. Sleep Problems after coming off Night Shift... how long does it last?
    I did nights for 3 years, then went to days and it took about five weeks to not feel totally wiped out on days. I've recently gone back to nights, although, for general life balance days worked...
    Nov 5, '12
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  3. Healthcare is NOT a basic human right.
    John Stossel is an outspoken libertarian. Hardly the picture of someone impartially evaluating another country’s healthcare system. Why did he pick Cuba a poor country with very little in common with...
    Oct 18, '12
    Forum: Nursing Activism / Healthcare Politics
  4. Healthcare is NOT a basic human right.
    Fair enough. I don't necessarily disagree with that per se. In Canada, however, we all pay for the health care. No one is really getting a "free ride". The only people that don't pay or those who...
    Oct 17, '12
    Forum: Nursing Activism / Healthcare Politics
  5. Healthcare is NOT a basic human right.
    Well to each their own of course, I want people to be all they can be as well. I don't see how having access to health care means that someone can't "be all they can be". I want to root for my...
    Oct 17, '12
    Forum: Nursing Activism / Healthcare Politics
  6. Healthcare is NOT a basic human right.
    Me too. It baffles me that people wouldn't want a universal healthcare system. This discussion has also highlighted to me how individualistic the U.S as a whole is with an "every man for himself"...
    Oct 17, '12
    Forum: Nursing Activism / Healthcare Politics
  7. The Transience of Life
    I enjoyed that very much! Thank You:)
    Oct 1, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  8. Should I go to University of Calgary or the University of Rochester? Please help!
    U of C for sure. Way cheaper, and the job market for RN's seems a bit better here.
    Nov 12, '11
    Forum: International Nursing
  9. Night shift Moms - how do you do it?
    I'm not going to is usually very very hard. There have been a couple of times that I just couldn't do it...I ended up regretting it that night though when I couln't fall asleep until 2 or 3...
    Oct 26, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  10. Night shift Moms - how do you do it?
    I know you just asked for night shift mom's opionions but being a night shift dad whose wife also works shift work fulltime, I thought you might like my opinion. I work Wed-Fri 12 hr nights. I have a...
    Oct 25, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Questions? New to the field.
    An excellent book on addiction is "In the realm of hungry ghosts" by Dr.Gabor Mate. Great book!! Really helped me find my compassion for addicts. Something to keep in mind about addictions is not to...
    Oct 23, '11
    Forum: Addictions Nursing
  12. New York poised to require bachelor's degrees for RNs
    I think it's a good move. Canada did this several years ago, getting into a nursing program is still really competitive so it hasn't kept people away from nursing. Nurses here that didn't have a BSN...
    Oct 22, '11
    Forum: Nursing News
  13. and everyone's... OK with this?
    ugh... I make $19 an hour before nursing school in healthcare support. Nurses start at 30 here and make more then 40 with a couple of years and some shift diff's. I would not work as a nurses for 20...
    Sep 6, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  14. Nurses as primary breadwinners?
    My wife makes alot more than I do.She makes about $75-80,000 a year as an RN. I work 2-3 days a week 9 hour shifts for $21 an hour. It makes sense for her to work fulltime (and pick upthe occasional...
    Aug 7, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. ADN=RN
    Don't let it bother you, she is clearly wrong, so no sweat. We can't change other people's minds but we can change how we react to what other people say/do. Actually, where I live she'd be right...
    Jul 29, '11
    Forum: Registered Nurses: Diploma / ADN / BSN
  16. Nurses not making enough...wait what?
    That just tells me you were grossly underpaid before, not that nurses are overpaid. Where I live paramedics get paid $20-25 an hour and nurses start at $30 an hour.
    Jul 29, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Lunches: Brown bag or cafeteria?
    I find that bringing healthy food is easy if you do some prep work.Twice a week I spend about 30 mins chopping a wack of veggies, spinning romaine and spinach and making a grain, usually quinoa. Then...
    Jul 28, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Lunches: Brown bag or cafeteria?
    I always bring my own food. Otherwise all that is available is crap. Last night I brought a spinach salad with cucumber, tomatoes, chick peas, raddish,thinly sliced kale, red/orange peppers,...
    Jul 28, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  19. Pay for psych nurses in Alberta
    i'm considering entering douglas college for bachelor of science in psych nursing. here in b.c, psych nurses are under the same contract as rn's (same $) and with the exception of a few...
    Jul 19, '11
    Forum: International Nursing
  20. How much student loan debt and how much is it a month to pay back?
    My monthly payment is $820for 15 years.:eek:
    Jul 6, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  21. CNA's/PCT's how much do you make?
    I worked in LTC making $21.50 an hour plus 10% instead of benefits. I hated it and took a pay cut as a pych tech. Now I get 18.36 an hour plus 10% instead of benefits. I cannot imagine doing this...
    May 26, '11
    Forum: CNA/MA - Nursing / Medical Assistant
  22. Night shift and Sleeping
    Hmm... guess that's why I prefer the labour laws in Canada.
    Mar 25, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  23. So do you actually take your breaks?
    I always take my break, which is 1 hour paid. All my coworkers take there breaks as well ( RN's and mental health workers). If I was unable to take my break, I would make sure my union heard about...
    Mar 25, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  24. Night shift and Sleeping
    What do you mean what break? I'm talking about the break that they are entitled to per their contract. They get 2 hours worth of breaks. You can take it as 1 hour plus two 30 min breaks or take it...
    Mar 25, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Night shift and Sleeping
    My wife said everyone on her unit(cardiac) slept in the breakroom for 2 hours on their break. They just combined all their breaks into one. Instead of taking 3 seperate breaks.
    Mar 23, '11
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion