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  1. Thinking about relocating...
    I'm currently an RN in Ontario. I've only ever lived and worked in Ontario (only worked in one city, but have lived in a few others). Recently, I've toyed with the idea of relocating somewhere...
    Jul 10
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  2. CRNE pass rates
    Trust me, you won't need statistics like that in deciding a nursing program. You're overthinking it ;) The CRNE is not purely an academic exam that tests your knowledge of things like...
    Jan 13, '13
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  3. Chemo patient to nurse ratios
    Tell that to my manager! It's honestly an on-going problem on my unit and a big reason why RNs are leaving in droves.
    Dec 3, '12
    Forum: Oncology Nursing
  4. Do you work at Hilton?
    I can't tell you the amount of times I've had patients expect me to fix their TVs or get them TVs. Once, on a very busy day, a patient was ringing his call bell constantly because he hadn't received...
    Dec 2, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  5. ONA pay scale
    I'm almost 100% certain it affects everyone in the union, not just the new hires. I was hired in 2010 and was around for the 2011 increase, and I'm pretty sure my hourly wage was automatically...
    Nov 27, '12
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  6. What's the job market like in the Toronto area?
    I'm not entirely sure myself. I'm not interested in certain specialties, which I've already listed. However, I'm pretty open to anything else related to acute care nursing. I was thinking either...
    Nov 27, '12
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  7. What's the job market like in the Toronto area?
    Yes, unfortunately for immigrants, a little Canadian experience is often considered better than a lot of foreign experience in the eyes of a lot of employers (including but not limited to hospitals!)...
    Nov 24, '12
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  8. What's the job market like in the Toronto area?
    Thanks for the insight! I'm feeling not quite so bad about the complete lack of responses. As much as I was hoping to get a job closer to my hometown (within the GTA), I may have to expand outwards....
    Nov 19, '12
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  9. Tell me about your unit's general attitude & morale...
    Morale is incredibly low where I am now. It is frankly scary the amount of nurses who are leaving or are applying to other places. If I added up those two groups, I'd probably list about a third of...
    Nov 19, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  10. What's the job market like in the Toronto area?
    I've been applying to several hospitals in and around the GTA (think the Golden Horshoe, mostly) and have had no luck - not a single call back. I posted my resume in the Resume Help section and got...
    Nov 19, '12
    Forum: Nursing in Canada
  11. What's wrong with my resume?
    Thanks for the pointers :) As for my BScN, I don't necessarily have to emphasize it. Here in Ontario, nursing diplomas are extinct now, and even before I started nursing school, Ontario hospitals...
    Nov 1, '12
    Forum: Nursing Resume Help
  12. What's wrong with my resume?
    Throwing my resume up for critique because I can't seem to get any call backs - I've sent perhaps about a dozen job applications over the past couple of months and nothing! As a bit of background,...
    Nov 1, '12
    Forum: Nursing Resume Help
  13. Patient fx hip after family refused alarm
    It depends on the facility's policies and the patient himself/the family. I did not know that some facilities require bed alarms. In my unit, there are no bed alarms at all! Literally, they do not...
    Oct 1, '12
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  14. My coworkers are great because....
    My unit is crazy - it's high acuity, very fast-paced, constantly underfunded (seemingly compared to other similar floors), and chaotic. It's difficult to recruit new staff to our floor because it has...
    Oct 1, '12
    Forum: Nurses Rock
  15. New-ish RN, missed an order.
    To err is human! We all make mistakes at some point in our careers. Any nurse who says she/he has never made a mistake is either lying or isn't aware of it! We all miss something or another. We...
    Oct 1, '12
    Forum: Nursing Issues On Patient Safety
  16. The Transience of Life
    Excellent article! I can strongly relate to it, working in oncology/palliative. There is not a single room on our unit that has not seen a death. I can still pass by some rooms and remember a death...
    Oct 1, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  17. CBC with diff (questions)
    "Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests" by Pagana and Pagana. I have the 3rd edition. I'm not sure if there are others or what they're like.
    Oct 1, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  18. Why do the unit nurses treat the students like this?!
    I know a lot of my nurse co-workers don't like students. From what I gather, it's a control thing - nurses have so little control in a typical hospital environment (everything is dictated by patient...
    Oct 1, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  19. CBC with diff (questions)
    What you might want to do is investigate what a CBC diff includes and then investigate what each type of cell does. From there, you can logically determine what a high or low value indicates. At a...
    Oct 1, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  20. If you could do it over again, would you still have gone into nursing?
    I find myself asking that question, too! I'm honestly not sure. I've only been a nurse for about 2 years now, and going into work stresses me out so much! I mean, there is the occasional good shift...
    Sep 23, '12
    Forum: Health / Stress Management 101
  21. Med Math Examples
    I agree so much! Many teachers never both to explain why formulas are the way they are, which would lead to an understanding of what you're looking for, what info you need, and how to go about...
    Sep 22, '12
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  22. Math help
    The wonderful (but also awful) thing about math is that there is often more than one way to look at a problem and solve it. Your way worked and is logical, but I prefer to think of things Esme's way....
    Sep 22, '12
    Forum: Nursing Student Assistance
  23. So...you've had a bad day?
    I agree and disagree with the OP. On the one hand, I can certain empathize with a lot of people, and sometimes overbearing or demanding patients/families have a legitimate reason for being that...
    Sep 22, '12
    Forum: Nurse Colleague / Patient Relations
  24. Why is staff turnover considered bad?
    My unit is also in the same boat of high turnover rates. I think it is a huge concern if the unit is a highly specialized unit, such as L&D as monkeybug talked about. Specialized units require good...
    Sep 22, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion
  25. Death- your experiences
    I believe that once you've reached a certain age and/or stage in a chronic/terminal illness, then you should be a DNR. However, that is my personal belief. It was actually how I was raised. I...
    Sep 14, '12
    Forum: General Nursing Discussion


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