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petethecanuck, BSN, RN 5,733 Views

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  • Sep 6 '13

    Quote from beaty1234
    For my interest, I want to work into the ER department, the more busy/crazy the better coz I enjoy the rush.
    And the department with one of the highest chances of getting assaulted by the public.

    Where the wonderful patient population has no hesitation in pointing out your faults, your ethnicity, lack of English skills, your weight, how it's YOUR fault that the wait is so long, etc.

    Emerg isn't exciting, crazy, or busy. It's full of people who don't have family doctors, who are mentally ill, who are drug seeking. The true traumas are few and far between, thank god. It's usually appis, gallbladders, kidney stones, early pregnancy bleeding and a few clueless home handymen armed with saws or nailguns that they had no business using due to failing to read the instruction manual!

    It looks busy because people that won't use medi-centres go there for everything from UTI's to ingrown toenails to prescription refills.

  • Mar 19 '13

    It might also stop certain nations as regarding nurses as exportable items of widely different qualities.

    I'm hoping that CLPNA stops issuing LPN designations to overseas BScNs that meet CARNA's requirements. It's just not fair to North American educated LPNs.

    Have you ever worked alongside someone who does nothing but complain that they "only got an LPN license and I'm an RN back home".

    Not a great experience.

  • Mar 19 '13

    I read the same article this morning. Given that there are hiring freezes in place at the moment, tighter registration rules for IEN's is probably a good idea for now, anyway.

  • Mar 11 '13

    And for the love of gawd, don't say you'll work shift when you have no intention of doing so. So not expect to walk into a M-F day shift line as a new grad. Do not expect full time hours if you are hired as a casual.

    Too many new grads have really unrealistic expectations of what the real world is about.

  • Feb 27 '13

    Quote from petethecanuck
    and articulate!

  • Feb 15 '13

    AB is cutting health care services as we speak, and it's harder to get into Alberta Health services as an external applicant. Internal applicants have priority. The cities are also very competitive. Make sure you have a job lined up before you come out to Calgary, or at least 6 months savings. If you are willing to work rural to get into AHS, then you should be fine.

  • Feb 14 '13

    Quote from petethecanuck
    Just asking this question, but why on earth would you want to live/work in the US?
    Especially now. Terrible economy, no union in most places, low pay, call offs, mandatory overtime, firing at will. Sign me up for all that! can't work without a visa, and even if you could, is it worth all that?

  • Feb 13 '13

    Well it doesn't matter since you there would be no way for you to work there since there is no visa you could apply for.If you had done research on visas you would know that already.

  • Jan 12 '13

    I wouldn't put too much stock ina statistic like that.It really will have no bearing on how you do in the program.

  • Dec 30 '12

    Um. You can't get to work in those areas without first doing the dirty work. It's part and parcel of nursing education. Sick people make messes. Even public health nurses are required to clean up after other people on occasion. About the only groups I can think of that are exempt are research nurses and nursing administrators.

  • Dec 30 '12

    Sounds like she's meant to be a Social Worker or PT, OT

  • Dec 30 '12

    Oh one of those " I wanna be a nurse but not actually touch a patient" people?

  • Dec 5 '12

    I beg to differ. It's an absolute necessity that nurses who wish to work in Canada are able to communicate clearly, concisely and accurately in English. And not only must the standard be high, it must be universal. I work in an ICU in a teaching hospital. We have a large number of physicians from other countries who are doing fellowships here and the variability in their English language skills is huge. Because they're here as "students" their English proficiency isn't considered important. I've listened to reports from surgery fellows that I could barely piece together and I've been asked questions by them where I had no clue what they wanted to know. Other times I've tried to explain changes in a patient's condition that require intervention and had the fellow look at me with no comprehension at all. When a patient is dying in front of me, I have to trust that the physician making the medical decisions will communicate those to me in a language I understand. Anything less compromises the safety of the patient. Why should it be different for nurses? And who decides "passability"? There are strong reasons for every requirement the Colleges have in place for registration.

  • Dec 3 '12

    CARNA shouldn't make it easy for anyone, especially if they have foreign credentials. The same is true if I want to work in the US, Australia, or the UK. I would need to apply and meet all of their requirments. Each country, state, and Province sets the standard.

  • Oct 24 '12

    As a very biased native Calgarian, I would definitely say Calgary is the better city.