i live in edmonton, i work in the retail banking, indeed, i run into a lot of nurses that worry about their futures. some have a hugh student loan to pay for. some just gave up and do something else - like retail banking, some went into real estate and even oil and gas. but i also run into nurses that encourage me to go into nursing - they are senior nurses. I also have LPN instructors encourages me into nursing too.
- nursing hiring/lay-offs come in cycles, lots of baby boomers are coming to retirement soon, but they alo realizes that most may not be able to retire because of not enough personal savings.
- new hires lack work ethics, not willing to learn, not willing to ask, not willing to listen, and not willing to do the dirty work - like "I did not train for that", "I don't know how", "I dont want to do it" that type of attitude
- also new hires lack critic thinking skills, they practically don't think, especially the young generations
- the system has lots of waste, and inefficiencies.
- some department nurses over-work, some has not enough hours to work,
I thought about Lab tech and Radiology, but the career growth is limited. For RN, from there, once you get your masters degree, more doors open - like NP, instructor, government, Ph.D, professor, army, etc.
I am still debating. that's why i need all the input i can get from this nursing forum, especially, those alberta/canadian nurses.