Graduating Nurse from Ontario Moving to Calgary - page 4

Hi there, I am looking for information on the nursing job market in Calgary for graduate nurses. Are there any full time positions available this coming summer? Ideally I would like to get hired... Read More

  1. by   joanna73
    There are numerous threads on this topic here. The climate in AB and everywhere else is terrible, especially in the major cities, for new grads and experienced nurses.

    Be prepared to accept casual or temp in whatever area you can find. AHS continues to mess with the system, and you're an external applicant which will make it more difficult. You need to be in the system to have first pick of the jobs, and even then, it's difficult.
  2. by   RoShMa
    Thanks joanna73 - I was afraid of that! I have read every thread on here that I could find on this topic, and some written last year mentioned that things may start turning around in a year which would be around now... looks like I'll be going rural!
    Last edit by RoShMa on Feb 24, '14
  3. by   joanna73
    I wish I had more positive news, but unfortunately, nothing has changed in AB. AHS continues to shuffle staff around. The new South Calgary hospital still isn't fully operational due to staffing and budget constraints, and many of the displaced staff from months prior have not secured full employment.
  4. by   itsmejuli
    FYI When I moved out of my downtown Calgary 560 sq ft one bedroom apartment in August 2013 the manager upped the rent to $1100 a month. It got rented immediately.

    I did not get a single interview for any of the casual positions I applied for with AHS Calgary. I did get an interview for a part-time position but didn't get it because it went to an internal applicant. And the sad part was that the managers wanted me for the job.
  5. by   M3BWN
    I just went for an interview today at a hospital in the Edmonton area.... Casual posting... over 50 applicants for CASUAL!! lol
  6. by   Fiona59
    Quote from M3BWN
    I just went for an interview today at a hospital in the Edmonton area.... Casual posting... over 50 applicants for CASUAL!! lol
    That's what we've been telling people and they just don't believe us! The last vacancy on my unit had 64 INTERNAL applicants.

    When we say don't move here without a job, we aren't being nasty, we are just trying to warn people.
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  8. by   FiveAlive0
    Just wondering if the situation in Calgary remains the same? I moved from MB and got a job in rural 6 months ago, work full time in a permanent line within AHS. Is Calgary still saturated with applicants? Should I wait until the 1 year mark to start applying, if it's still a long shot?
  9. by   Fiona59
    last posting on my unit in Edmonton has 122 applicants. Some had 20+ years seniority for a .75 FTE
  10. by   joanna73
    If you look through the postings for Edmonton and Calgary it's slim pickings. 100+ applicants is the norm these days. I work for Covenant Health and we notice the same ratios.