Nursing Advice


hi =) I have been a stay at home mom for 5 years now, and am recently separated. I am hoping to go back to school and take nursing. After comparing the programs I decided that Practical Nursing would be the best choice because I have 2 children to support, and 2 years in a PN program seemed like a better choice rather than 4 years in an RN program.

I realize this question probably gets asked a LOT but I am new here and really just want to make SURE I making the right decision. So here are my questions and I would really appreciate any answers or advice =)

- What does an entry level practical nurse make in Toronto (or nearby) AFTER taxes per week? I hope to work in a hospital, not sure if there will be a job there for me or not though.

- Are practical nurses in Toronto unionized?

- And, is there anyone here who took PN in school and then bridged to RN? If so, was it difficult and how long did it take?

Thanks so much :o

loriangel14, RN

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Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

I was in the same position as you before I went back to school.I had been home with my kids until they were in school full time and then found myself needing a better means of support.If you read the sticky at the top of this forum you will see the hourly rates for nurses all across Canada. I work about an hour north of Toronto and entry level RPNs where I work make a little over $25/hr.Unionization depends on the job but generally LTC and hospital jobs are unionized and most jobs working in the community are not.The bridge takes about three years. Best of luck.