I've been browsing interesting topics posted in the forum months before I finally decided to sign up for the RPN program. Luckily, I was admitted and will be starting my 1st semester in January, 2005. I've read a lot of posts discussing about the worthiness of the nursing profession and the other side as well. Like many of you here, nursing will be my 2nd program of study. I've been wanting to become one, years ago, but was not very willing to give up my previous career -- although I was no longer happy with it. It's good that I finally made up my mind to start all over again and try a totally different field. Since I received my letter of admission, I've been researching about the profession and the job market here in Canada just to convince myself that I arrived at informed decision.
Until I came across this thread. The same question I ask myself and people I know. I'm relatively new here in Canada and do not know anybody who is RN or RPN. So I thought, joining the discussion would connect me to seasoned, neophytes, and even student nurses, who are willing to share their thoughts about the profession.
As to the prospect of getting a job after graduation, the posts are quite scary. It's not only through this discussion, did I learn about nurses having difficulty landing in a full time job in Ontario, but other sources too. A front page story in a news magazine also proved this point. What confuses me is, why do schools (of course for profit purposes) and the media SEEM TO CAPITALIZE on the so-called nursing shortage. If the real situation says otherwise, I feel only pity for people getting in to the program, including myself
,and later learn that there's no job for them. Going through the nursing program is costly -- not just in terms of money, but also time and effort.
So, could anybody tell me what's the real situation 3-5 years from now? I know that the market for RNs differs from RPNs. But, generally, what is the real score? Is there somebody here affiliated with any nurses' association? What is the job forecast? How SINCERE is the government with its efforts to strenghten the healthcare system?
The aging population is a fact, but the need for more nurses -- is it a MYTH or a FACT
Will appreciate your inputs.