Quote from michellemck
feel like i'm stuck - no canadian experience (which seems highly valued), no recent experience, not a new grad who would benefit from a new grad work programme and no contacts
. i am willing to look at agencies as a way in and have thought about doing a graduate cert in critical care (as alot of jobs i note i cannot apply for as i do not have this or exp in such an area). it will give me recent studying exp and also recent canadian exp, even if it would be as a student. every little helps!
Yes, unfortunately for immigrants, a little Canadian experience is often considered better than a lot of foreign experience in the eyes of a lot of employers (including but not limited to hospitals!) Even having Canadian education is an asset. If you're not too picky, I'd take whatever you can just to get a little experience here. Good luck to you, too!
Quote from loriangel14
Have you tried looking a bit further north like the Orangeville, Alliston or Barrie area?
I think that will my next steps - look around at smaller hospitals in the surrounding areas. It is not what I was hoping for but I'll take anything closer to my hometown, to be honest.
Quote from JaneSmithRevisited
A lot of the positions that are opened in TO are critical care areas or specialized areas (such as OR/endoscopy or dialysis). I know a bunch my classmates from nursing school worked as a nursing resource or float nurse in their hospitals and after >6 months got hired into ER or ICU with paid training. Take some courses like coronary care 1 or ACLS or ECG monitoring if you can. I know a bunch of my co-workers are doing that right now because they want to leave my place of work.
Also... how long have you been looking? Because if it's less than 1 month, you're being impatient lol. Don't worry, you'll find a job and it's nursing. I know a lot of people b*&*$ and moan about not finding a job but nursing actually has better prospect than other professions. I have a friend who's in journalism and she isn't even sure if she's going to be absorbed/hired after her internship. It was an up hill battle to even land that internship.
I realized, too, that a lot of positions are in specialty/critical care areas when I was browsing job openings. I'm still not entirely sure what I want to branch into - I just want something a little bit different than what I'm doing now. I know that OR, ER, psych, L&D, and mat-child are not interests of mine at all. The only "specialty" I can claim experience in is oncology but I kind of want a break from it (and there are few positions out there in the field, I find).
I'd love to take specialty courses but they are expensive, and if I'm not going to work in an area that will make use of that knowledge/skills, then I'm hesitant to jump into it. Also, there's the adage, "If you don't use it, you lose it!"
I've been looking for nearly 3 months now, I think, although I haven't sent any new applications in the last couple of weeks due to other things going on in life. It's not like I'm out of a job and need a new job ASAP to pay the bills. Still, I just want something different and I'm starting to feel burned out where I am now. You are right, though - nursing is a relatively easy profession to move around in. I know people who struggle to find any kind of job. My friend was also in journalism (including an English degree) but never found a job in the field after about a year of looking.