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  • Nov 15 '14

    I've seen it many times. Nothing to worry about according to the docs I've worked with.

  • Oct 30 '14


    I'm just finishing up my BSCN and I'm 35. And a guy.
    Nursing will be my second major career. Guys are in high demand - we bring different things to the workplace, just as female paramedics and cops I know bring a differerent (and very valid!) personal approach.

    Regarding the whole family dynamics thing, buddy got news for you: This is Canada. Men and women are equal and can do any job, period. Leave your prior generation's patriarchal gender-biased nonsense at the door and live your own life, man. What's the female mortality rate like in Punjab/India, Afghanistan or such parts of the world? Might it be because only females are supposed to give medical/nursing care to females? Put that together with poor education for women and you see why I stay here.

    I respect people's culturally based biases - even when it means somebody doesn't want me caring for their family member because I'm male. Of course, I explain, this may delay your being seen by an RN tonight. And as for doctors in the ER? Mostly male. So at 2am, it ain't Burger King... and you can't always have it your way.

    Fair pay, always in demand, make a difference.... what could be better for work?
    Oh and remember: It's not "male nurse", IT'S JUST "NURSE."

    Good luck.

  • Oct 30 '14

    It's all fine and dandy to pursue nursing if that is your passion and dream. However, you have to ask yourself.. what do you really want to do?

    Watching a YouTube vid is great and I'm happy it peaked your interest but I would seriously recommend you look into volunteering in a health care setting first to see if you REALLY want to pursue a career in nursing.

    I would also recommend you speak with some nursing faculty at your Uni and perhaps they can put you in touch with some practice instructors and you could shadow them on a clinical day.

    Whatever you do, just don't make a huge decision like this based something you watched on the internet. Do some research, talk to lots of people who work in different settings. Use your Uni's Faculty of Nursing as a resource and finally, go for the Bachelor of Nursing. Getting a practical nurse diploma is a waste of your time.

  • Oct 30 '14

    Quote from Panthyr
    This made me laugh so hard, because I swear, I felt like that most of my clinical days in my first semester. (And I will probably feel like this for awhile yet!) It's rather like when I was first married, and someone walked up and said "Hello, Mrs. T!" and I looked over my shoulder for my mother-in-law.... yeah, gotta love those moments.
    LOL even when as a nurse I still get those moments. =o You want me to do what? You want my help? What do I look like, a nurse? LOL
    I am glad you had a good first day of clinical. You will rock the floor, I just know it.

  • Oct 30 '14

    This sounds interesting

  • Oct 30 '14

    I am half way done with MPH but am beginning a entry level MSN program on the 25th. Put MPH on hold for the time being. Determined to get DNP and finish MPH as well. It is quite possible that I have developed an obsession for letters after my name! Perhaps it is because the previous generations in my family had zero high school graduates.

  • Oct 30 '14

    I have an MPH in community health and behavioral sciences. Now pursuing a nursing degree

  • Oct 30 '14

    Would love to hear your current position and what made you decide on an MPH.
    I am currently deciding between a DNP and an MPH.


  • Oct 30 '14

    Congrats on your decision to earn a graduate degree in public health! I received mine in 2007 and I've found it to be very useful in my career (community health nursing). Best of luck!

  • Oct 30 '14

    Good job all that education will be beyond beneficial in the future and it is even now

  • Jun 21 '14

    Can't be done I'm afraid. There isn't a nursing program on this earth that does not have some sort of science component. Either you have taken the classes beforehand and can seek a wavier, or you must take the required classes. That is all there is to the matter.

    Science classes for nurses range from "chemistry for weenies" to full frontal classes taught at or near pre-med level

    If you are seriously worried about your ability to tackle heavy science classes for programs that offer "fundamentals" and or "principals" of say general and or organic chemistry. These usually are geared for nursing students and teach/cover what is deemed necessary for a professional nurse to know.

  • May 5 '14

    No, you should not be called a Certified Nursing Assistant. For one thing, you are not "certified" to my knowledge. Are you regulated by any body? Also, you are not performing any "nursing" actions. I greatly value all that PSWs do. You are excellent members of the health care team. However, you are not "almost" a nurse. You don't give meds or insert catheters as you do not have the knowledge, skill or judgement to do those nursing acts. Could you physically do the skill? Almost certainly. But being a nurse and being given the right to do those acts is far more involved than simply possessing the ability to them.

    If you don't like your title, and want to do more, go back to school and bridge to nursing. Otherwise, be proud to be a PSW. Or refer to yourself as a Health Care Aide - in Ontario, that title is also sometimes used. You can also be called a UCP, or Unregulated Care Provider. But Ontario does not have Certified Nursing Assistants. You are not certified or regulated.

    Sorry if I sound harsh, but your post rubbed me the wrong way, as it comes across as though you feel that you are almost a nurse because of the tasks you do. While as I said, I greatly value PSWs, you are not almost a nurse, and should not go around telling people that you do almost everything a nurse does, because that is simply not true.

  • May 5 '14

    Also, I don't want to sound nitpicky but the physical tasks (meds, dressings, catheters, etc.) are not what differentiate a PSW from a nurse (RPN or RN). It is the thought process behind what we do and the added responsility that comes along with being a registered health care professional.

    I have the utmost respect for the PSWs I work with (I worked as one before becoming a nurse) but the difference between these professions is in more than just the physical tasks we complete.

  • May 5 '14

    Your entire shift should be putting in the OT forms for missed breaks!

    Nobody works for free, especially our esteemed higher ups in AHS.

    Hot tail your body over to your UNA steward. That's what they are there for. Your manager is dire need of a whack around the back of the head.

  • Jan 24 '14

    The child in question, in room 4, was definitely being groomed by his frequent flier mother to be a member of the future frequent fliers of America club. As soon as he hit the room he immediately requested a popsicle, specifically a red popsicle. The doc and I joked that popsicles were a gateway drug. Next will be vicodin, and eventually the boy will graduate to the big 'D'.

    When we were all done, the young fellow exclaimed "When can I come back!"

    Another customer satisfaction moment! Press Ganey will be pleased.