I'm currently an RPN student and I'd like to find out what other RPN's had to do........
I wonder if it's possible to start off right away in the hospital or do I have to work in the nursing home for a while.
Am I just jumping ahead?
Do I have to do all the nursing home jobs for a couple of years?
If anyone can give me some examples on what they did first I would appreciate it.
RPN STUDENT 2007:hatparty:
Jan 6, '05
Thanks for that info.
I havn't started yet , hopefully I start this Feburary, at Conestoga College. It's that waitlisted thing!! I'm just trying to gather some information. Where is Georgian College? What difficulties, surprisies, have you found?
Last edit by Tashia on Jan 7, '05
Jan 8, '05
Our teacher has addressed the issue of rpn's getting shoved out of some positions. The only problem is that the institutions that are trying to fill certain positions with RNs only are having a lot of staffing problems because there aren't enough RN's to fill the positions. As well in the next 5 or 6 years or so there are going to be a lot of nurses reaching retirement age and also many are taking early retirement because of burnout and injury due to increased work loads.
I don't know how right she is but this is what she has said.
Yes presentations! And lots of essays. We did a lot of group work in class and I understand that is true at most colleges as far as the rpn classes go. We did a lot of things where the teacher would get everyone into groups and give you an assignment and about 20-30 min to do get it ready and then everyone would do theirs. Obviously these were short and they weren't marking you on how well you presented but it got you up there facing people. Further into the course you will have long-term group projects that will include presentations and you WILL be marked on how well you present. I have also ahd to do a couple on my own. You will have to learn how to do health teaching to patients so that is why they want you to learn public speaking. I was terrified at first but now its not so bad.
It is going to take me 3yrs and 9 mths to finish my rpn. I will be done in Aug. 2007. That includes the 12 week placement at the end. 37.5 hrs/week.
It can be frustrating dealing with the colleges. The Orangeville campus will give everyone a different answer to the same question regarding the course. Or they will give you an answer and then insist that they never said that. AAARRRGGGHHH!!!
Good Luck and don't hesitate to ask if you have more questions.
Last edit by loriangel14 on Jan 8, '05