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  1. The future of nursing. Everybody is impacted. Big discussion in SK.
    Additionally, I think LPNs can probably do most bedside nursing. AND I really support them doing immunizations because then PH can be about something OTHER than just doing immunizations all the time....
    Oct 13
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  2. The future of nursing. Everybody is impacted. Big discussion in SK.
    This isn't the typical turf war, though the media has definitely portrayed it as one. What is really happening is a conservative government trying to pit two unions against each other (note that only...
    Oct 13
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  3. Where the heck are all the jobs?
    That's the real rub that I think a lot of people new to the field miss. It's not that there is a major glut of qualified applicants, but that austerity measures keep nurses from being hired in the...
    Jul 12
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  4. Where the heck are all the jobs?
    As mentioned, not getting callbacks has nothing to do with union work and everything to do with whether they are hiring in the facilities/regions you want to work in. Saskatchewan has one of the...
    Jul 12
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  5. RN job with 'normal' hours?
    You'll have more luck if you're flexible enough to take a position that includes 8 hr day/evening and weekends, on call or 12 hr weekday rotations (eg interventional radiology, endoscopy, clinics,...
    Apr 18
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  6. Is the RN--->BSN push a clever way to get older nurses out of the way
    We went to mandatory BScN in Saskatchewan almost 20 years ago (and LPN has become the diploma designation). Diploma RNs who already had licenses were grandfathered in. If they want to do advanced...
    Apr 12
    Forum: Registered Nurses: Diploma / ADN / BSN
  7. Shift work help.
    One of my reasons for going in to health care was so that I could work nights. I have never slept at night and I'm really sensitive to sleep deprivation. I have a lot of difficulty functioning both...
    Apr 12
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  8. Obtaining an RN job in a city in Canada directly after graduation
    You can make casual work, you just have to accept that it might be the only option and get on with it. I know someone who went back to Vancouver to work after being here for a year or two and she got...
    Apr 4
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  9. Obtaining an RN job in a city in Canada directly after graduation
    You have to be aware that there's usually a reason a unit is willing to give permanent full time to new grads (ie no one wants to work there). It may end up being okay to work, but it's better to go...
    Apr 4
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  10. 25 Years and Counting
    Congrats on your anniversary. :) I just hit my 10 year anniversary in healthcare this month, though I've been an RN for less than 2 years. I started in private home care, then private care, got...
    Mar 31
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  11. Highest Paid Nurses in B.C....how is this possible?
    Actually Saskatchewan usually stays roughly on par with Alberta (intentionally to retain our own grads). I made 35.15/hr in my first year of nursing, including the tiny dispensation for my degree. ...
    Feb 2
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  12. Retired nurse injects feces into husband's IV
    We had a patient that put feces in their own PICC because they didn't want to be discharged. Kept spiking a temp the day before discharge and putting it off until staff could catch the patient and...
    Feb 2
    Forum: Nursing News
  13. how are you repaying your student loans?
    I worked the minimum amount that I could (which turned out to be 2/3 time during school, picking up in summer) throughout school and paid for my education out of pocket. Since I made too much as an...
    Nov 16, '13
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  14. When someone asks you what you do for a living, do you say "nurse" or "RN" or "LVN"?
    There's actually a long standing misperception in some places I've worked that LPNs can't tell people they are "nurses" (totally false and I've told many people so). Even without that, I've noticed...
    Oct 26, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  15. RN Salary Survey 2013:  Post here!
    1. Saskatchewan 2. Just about finished my first year 3. Nurse A, Medicine 4. 34.94 +.21 for having a degree (woohoo) 5. Shift differential:3.75 weekend premium: 3.10 charge pay: 1.90 6. SUN I...
    Oct 21, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  16. What's the nurse-patient ratio in your unit?
    4-5:1. I work on medicine/renal and we have two nurses for each team of 8 patients on both days and nights (though on days we have a charge nurse in addition to the team nurses). There will usually...
    Oct 21, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. Nurse Tech and first patient fall. Worried about being fired.
    It depends. Reliable patients are left on their own. When I was on neuro we had lots of back surgery pts who were independent. You assess based on history and the pt's condition on that day. If you...
    Oct 21, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. I regret forever not going to medical school
    28 isn't that old--several of my classmates went to nursing school in their 40s (one was even in her 50s). You probably have at least some of the pre-reqs already, why not just ditch nursing school...
    Oct 5, '13
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  19. Looking for RN jobs in Saskatoon
    ah looky looky This is a year old posting--but it's still up. It'd be worth looking into anyway. SK Cancer Agency is also SGEU.
    Oct 4, '13
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  20. Looking for RN jobs in Saskatoon
    Basically just apply everywhere and see what you can get. Even with the freeze you'll likely find something if you want casual. You can try extendicare too though keep in mind they are usually SGEU...
    Oct 3, '13
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  21. Has anyone tried team nursing? Opinions?
    I should also add that our teams consist of 1 RN, 1 LPN and 8 patients (or ten if there are overcapacity patients). LPNs in SK have a much greater scope of practice than basically anywhere and thus...
    Oct 1, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  22. Has anyone tried team nursing? Opinions?
    We follow team nursing on the unit on which I work. It is often confused with "functional nursing" where each member of the team has a very defined and narrow role (ie vitals or meds). That is not...
    Oct 1, '13
    Forum: Medical-Surgical Nursing
  23. Do you do the full head to toe patient assessment
    I work in medicine/renal. We do a head to toe assessment (rather than a systems assessment) on all patients at the beginning of shift except those who have been approved for LTC, who are assessed...
    Oct 1, '13
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  24. Am I the only one who hates 12 hour shifts??
    It depends. I've worked both and they both have their pluses and minuses. 12s however really have to be scheduled right to be advantageous--there have to be longer blocks of time off between them to...
    Jul 16, '13
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. What is the Problem?
    I had issues with the aides at my one job when I WAS an aide. One time I complained to my LPN co-worker that anyone who is afraid to deal with poo should NOT be an aide (this group frequently tried...
    Jul 15, '13
    Forum: LPN / LVN Corner


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