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    I have to say, those purple hearts do make me laugh.
    May take a while to load but I think its funny.

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    In the beginning God covered the earth with broccoli,
    cauliflower, and
    spinach, green, yellow, and red vegetables of all
    kinds; so Man and Woman
    would live long and healthy lives.

    Then using God's bountiful gifts, Satan created Ben
    and Jerry's and Krispy
    Kreme. And Satan said, "You want hot fudge with
    that?" And Man said,
    and Woman said, "I'll have another with sprinkles."
    And lo and behold they
    gained 10 pounds.

    And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman might
    keep the figure that
    Man found so fair.

    And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat,
    and sugar from the
    and combined them. And Woman went from size 2 to size

    So God said, "Try my fresh green salad."

    And Satan presented crumbled Bleu Cheese dressing and
    garlic toast on the
    side And Man and Woman unfastened their belts
    following the repast.

    God then said, "I have sent you heart healthy
    vegetables and olive oil in
    which to cook them."

    And Satan brought forth deep fried coconut shrimp,
    butter dipped lobster
    chunks and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its
    own platter. And Man's
    cholesterol went through the roof.

    God then brought forth running shoes so that his
    Children might lose those
    extra pounds.

    And Satan came forth with a cable TV with remote
    control so Man would not
    have to toil changing the channels. And man and woman
    laughed and cried
    before the flickering light and started wearing
    stretch jogging suits.

    Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in
    fat and brimming with
    potassium and good nutrition.

    Then Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced
    the starchy center into
    chips and deep-fried them in animal fats and added
    copious quantities of
    salt And Man put on more pounds.

    God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume
    fewer calories and still
    satisfy his appetite.

    And Satan created McDonald's and the 99-cent double
    cheeseburger. Then
    Lucifer said, "You want fries with that?" and Man
    replied, "Yes! And super
    size' em!" And Satan said, "It is good." And Man went
    into cardiac arrest.

    God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.

    And Satan created HMOs.


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    Hey Mini

    A couple of things

    1/ Make sure you get the Canadian RN exam prep book
    It has about 360 questions and their answers with rationales that are similar to the ones which you will see on the main exam.

    2/ I also used a web site called This has practice questions which are supposedly similar to the board exams

    I don't think its the greatest site because you tend to memorize answers and not always understand the rationale behind them. I thought I would give you the link anyway because there are some people that I have spoken too that do like it. It also is the only site where I could find the legalities of Nursing in Canada. (I must warn you thought I did find it a bit patronizing )

    3/ Like I said in my previous post the main problem with nurses like myself (worked in adult ICU for 8 years) is that we tend to have specialized in one area and the exam looks at all areas of nursing. This may not be too much of an issue for you as you are fresh from your degree and thus you knowledge is still fresh.

    maternity and
    mental health for example were areas I hadn't worked in since graduating so I had to do a bit of revising in those areas.
    When I did eventually sit the exam the majority of questions were very psycho social orientated.

    Anyways this is another website which may be helpful

    The above website is a link to BC open learning university. They offer courses for nurses who were trained abroad and are planning on taking their board exams in Canada.

    The one of most interest to you may be

    NURS 371: Registered Nurse Exam Prep

    You can do it online so you can start taking it now. It also doesn't cost as much as some of the other courses available.

    Having given you all the above info I really feel that with your background the only thing you most likely will need is the prep guide (save your money for the move)
    Just get acquinted with multiple choice questions.

    I hope this info helps and let me know if you need any more help.


    P.S if you are going to Ontario check out the college of nurses website there's a new item called the readiness test.

    Also the CNA (Canadian nurses association) has some recommendations.

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    Hi all,

    I must admit its kinda nice to see that more brit nurses are coming over to Canada. I moved here in January from London and it has taken me some time to get used to the system.

    In response to the the question 'was the CRNE hard?' Not really. The only thing which I did find a bit difficult was that the exam appears to be designed for new graduates who generally have a wide generally Knowledge. I had been working in Adult ICU for 8 years when I took the exam so that meant I had to do major revising in things like peads, maternity and mental health.

    In terms of qualifying for the exam. I think it depends on the province that you are applying to but I know for a fact that by 2005 all the provinces willl be requiring that you have a degree. I already had my bachelors so this wasn't so much of an issue for me. The proccess of registering did take a long time and I would advise anyone to do as much as possible before they got to canada (i.e send of all transcripts and appropriate references before you leave England).

    Having passed the exams their may be some agravation in getting jobs, I don't think this is so much of an issue in the bigger towns though (I live in Nova Scotia).

    If anyone wamts any info on preparing for the exams pm me. I have some web links I can pass on. Seriously though if you are coming from the UK and English is not an issue the exam isn't that hard. Do prepare for it though as some of the ethics and laws (e.g advance directives ) are different.

    Hope this is helpful

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    hi everyone,

    just wanted to thank everyone for their advice. i've decided to buy the laura gasparis vonfrolio book but not the tapes. from what you guys are saying they sound great it's just that a friend of mine gave me some of her video tapes which she got from the aacn. they are in lecture form and take some effort to concerntrate on but they are a great in guiding me (they're also free).

    i'm aiming to take the exams in august so wish me luck guys.


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    Hey elabhatia,

    Here's a link to a thread in which I posted some advice on preparing for the Crne exams. Let me know if its any help. If you need any more info post me and I'll try to help.

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    I'm not a CRNA but I've had a couple of phone interviews for jobs and for my post grad Bsc.

    The one advantage of the phone interview is that you can have all your materials about the school in front of you. E.g when they ask you why this school? or what do you know about this program. You can have highlight of points that you want to address in front of you.

    Main thing though is to listen to the questions asked. It's amazing how much talking we do without speaking.

    Someone also told me something which sounds kinda funny but seems to work. Dress up for the part. If you feel proffessonal it also comes across in your voice.

    Hope all goes well and


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    I figure it's the "In my day this would never happen" syndrome

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    She said "I told you the kids were having hockey practice from 5 to 6, how comes you were late"

    He said "but I was there at exactly 5 mins to 6 and they were almost finished with the game. It's not my fault."

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    We have a joint chequing and savings account and then we both have our own savings accounts. I also have a separate chequing account abroad (used to live in the uk and still have family there).

    We each put 'x' amount of money in our joint accounts each month and that goes towards paying for bills and house things. In the beginning (when we first got married) I would sometimes splash on painting stuff (that's my second love) and he would splash out on electronic gizmos (anything from the ionizer, filter, cd player etc). We would then have 'discussions' over wasting cash on non essential things. Now we have a pack, each month we give ourselves $40 to do with whatever we want guilt free, no questions asked. If you don't use your $40 on one month you can save it for the next month (i.e. $80 and then $120 and so on ). The rule is you can buy whatever you want with this money and expect no guilt trips.

    I just got myself a $400 paint set. I'm so excited I could crush a grape!!!!. :wink2:

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    Getting truly Nova Scotian with Raylene Rankin.

    Very mushy and I love it.

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    We use dopplers and are in the process of introducing PiCCO.

    I haven't used PiCCO much but I must admit I'm more inclined to use them than swans.

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    Hi Su.XXX

    I'm glad the links helped though I must admit I'm disappointed you didn't get any more help from the CNO (College of Nurses of Ontario).

    I'm based in Nova Scotia at the moment and I work part time for an NGO that is trying to formulate a program of support for internationally trained nurses to prepare to sit the CRNE.

    Ontario is supposed to be the province that is taking the lead in this so obviously they haven't got it right yet.

    I just thought I should add another link for you. It is for the CNO and has a step by step approach to getting registered in Ontario. I noticed that they have changed some of the requirements e.g you didn't have to be a canadian citizen to sit the exams before. If this is a problem just remember not all the provinces require this and if you decide to sit the exams elsewhere you can always transfer to the province that you want.

    Link from College of Nurses of Ontario

    P.S I haven't been to Heidelberg only Berlin and Bautzen. My hubby and I are planning a trip to Germany next year and hopefully Austria too. I just really loved it there. Thats one of the things I miss about living in London (I used to live in the UK). Europe is so close and everytime you have a couple of days of you can go off and explore.

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    In addition to what Topcat suggests alot of hospitals have websites with a link listing job vacancies. You can then apply direct to the hospital and specifically the area you are interested in.

    Also I think it helps to have a cover letter and resume ready. The good thing about hospital websites is that you can get the name of relevant personnel and address your cover letter to them. (stops you from being just another resume).

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    Hi bulletproofbarb,

    I don't know if this will help but have you tried the library in the RCN. Maybe you can take a photocopy of the relevant page.