Please dont think I'm blowing my own trumpet or anything - just want to relate my story as an example of how things can change if you really want them to...
I've now been nursing 20 years. Wife, kids, mortgage, NHS job - which I loved, overworked, understaffed, underpaid, clueless management, just keeping head above the water fanancially, looking and applying for jobs but getting nowhere due to the NHS being what it is...any of this sound familiar to anyone?
Two years ago we decided to act. We didn't want to spend the next 30 years doing the same thing. Was this as far as our life journey went? We looked around and eventually decided we were going to change everything and move to Canada (BC, to be precise). I contacted a health authority and got a job offer. I even had a choice of 12 hospitals to interview with. There are so many nurse vacancies here it's untrue - in all specialites at all levels.
We didn't know anyone. Had no family or friends there. Never been there before. So we sold the house. Gave away or sold pretty much everything we couldn't take (it was cheaper to buy things when we arrived than to ship it halfway across the world). We left everyone and everything we knew behind and moved across the globe.
We've been in Canada about 20 months now and life couldn't be better. We all love it (kids included) We have a 6 bedroom house in .25 of an acre for the same price as the small 3 bed semi we left behind. Hummingbirds visit my garden. From my living room window I can see fir tree lined snow capped mountains and Eagles soaring round and round. I make almost 3 (yes, 3) times the money I did in England doing the same job - an RN on a surgical unit. During the course of a shift I have 4 patients - day or night. Back the the UK I had 8 on days and 12 at night. The work is just as hard, but that's ok 'cos I'm finally being paid a decent wage for my skills.
I've had Patients thank me for coming to their country and bringing my skills and knowledge with me. Back in the UK some patients were under the impression I was their slave.
So, the moral of the story...you make your own luck in this world.
Thanks for listening ,well, reading.
May 1, '09
We were so worried and scared before we came over...what if this, what if that...but we felt that we could play the 'what if' game for ever. It was best to do it and see. It might not have worked out (and for a great many, it doesn't work and they go back) but at least we would know- and have a cool story.
At work, back in the UK, there was an Auxiliary on the ward, approaching retirement, who said that when she was newly married back in the sixties, she and her hubby were going to move to Canada. They had the tickets and were ready to go. But a few days before leaving, she got cold feet and changed her mind. They didn't go. I asked her if she ever regretted not knowing how it would have been. She said yes. She said that she regretted it every single day since.
We wanted to find out what would happen, not imagine how great it could have been and then be too old to get through the selection process and never find out.
As for family, we talk on the phone regularly (probably more often than we did when we lived near them!). Webcams and skype are great. Since we moved, we've has so many visitors, we're actually looking forward to not having any!!
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May 10, '09
Well, I 've just missed a Canada Expo today (to be held at the Leeds Armouries museum). Paid my GDP15.00, but decided that my kids still need me (17 and 15). They're taking exams now and my eldest daughter is just beginning to start up her architectural practice. I have three interviews for community nursing and 1 for learning and development officer in immunisation, I felt I needed more experience before applying (qualified in 2007 but only have about a year's solid nursing experience due to not getting through interviews).
Money is my problem. I cannot seem to acquire enough to pay all my bills and save enough for Canada. I felt I should start and save and maybe by the time my youngest is ready for college, I can look at things again. At the minute, I'm working for a nursing agency nursing a terminal patient with ca lung and brain mets for 12 hours a day - long day,
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