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  1. Kenobi

    2 bachelors degrees?

    What type of profession are you looking for? Are you still looking for a career in healthcare, or something else? In nursing, there are many non-bedside positions like occupational health, education, community health, etc. If you are thinking about a science field, finish your nursing degree. Biotech likes people with clinical degrees like nursing... and I know that because I have a bachelors and a PhD in science and used to work in that field before going into nursing.
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    Moved to Calgary, Jobs?

    That's strange because many of the new grads from the U of C (external to AHS) who graduated in December had no problem getting hired. I know the success rate is low for the online applications, but many had success going onto units and submitting resumes. I would learn the name of the managers (call the unit), write specific cover letters for the unit, and tailor your resume to them too.
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    University of Calgary January 2019

    Hi everyone! School is starting in a few weeks for you guys! Just wanted to offer a bit of good news and encouragement. I finished my degree early December and was hired a week later. Five out of the six people I hang out with regularly already landed jobs as well (all at major hospitals in Calgary). I know that the message boards can appear discouraging at times, but there are certainly jobs available for new grads! U of C also does resume/interview prep for students in the final term, so everyone will be ready to go by the time they graduate. Hope you all have a wonderful beginning to your degree/career!
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    University of Calgary January 2019

    Hi Ogonda, I'm glad you found the info helpful! Thanks for the advance congrats =) Job prospects are so-so right now and depends on the practice area. According to my peers in mental health, they are getting job offers after graduation. The med/surg unit I'm on is also hinting that I'll be able to work there afterwards (wish it were confirmed). Things seem a bit dicey in pediatrics, as I know a couple people who said their unit is not hiring at all. One person I know in occupational health will be working for the private company he did his final practicum with. Seasoned nurses I spoke to say that the healthcare field is cyclical and right now it's in a bit of a slump in Alberta, but things always get better!
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    University of Calgary January 2019

    Thank you so much Tito! If anyone here (or lurkers) feel like they benefited from the thread, please continue to support one another and future nurses by making a new thread during the next intake! It's been two years since I entered the program, and this program changes very quickly. I'll also be graduating in a month (time flew). You guys/gals will be the experts on the new requirements and program structure, so please share your knowledge with future students :)
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    University of Calgary January 2019

    Hi Glowree! Block week is for some courses that can be "fast-tracked" and completed in a single week. You won't need to worry about that for the first term since none of the nursing course apply. It's technically not necessary to be in school the first week. There is a welcome event with some info and where you get to meet your peers... but it doesn't count towards hours as far as I know.
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    University of Calgary January 2019

    Hi Tito! A lot of people in my year (degree holders) have children. I can already count 7 off the top of my head without trying very hard... some of them have multiple kids. There are also those who work during school! Nursing school is demanding regardless of whether you have children or not, but it's certainly possible to succeed in the program with a bit of work. I would not recommend the 4 year degree since that's not any easier... you just get summer breaks. It's a personal choice, but I prefer to take less breaks and just get it over with!
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    University of Calgary January 2019

    Great suggestion! Brentwood is a great area to look into (I'm there too). We actually don't go to Foothills unless you are placed there for your clinical. You can be placed at various hospitals including Rockyview, Peter Lougheed, South Health Campus, Alberta Children's, Foothills etc. so you may or may not go there during your degree.
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    University of Calgary January 2019

    Lectures will be on the main campus =)
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    University of Calgary January 2019

    Congrats Malubaby!
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    University of Calgary January 2019

    Hi @Jennysi I'm sorry I'm not too familiar with the parking situation as I don't drive to school. However, quite a few of my classmates park at the Brentwood LRT station (free) and then walk to class (15 min). Once you meet your clinical group, there may be a way to arrange car-pooling as well!
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    University of Calgary January 2019

    Yes, you are absolutely correct! In your acceptance package there will be instructions on which courses and sections to register for. The course with the TBA schedule is indeed the lab/clinical course where you will be randomly assigned to one of two schedules.
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    University of Calgary January 2019

    There are two schedules and you will be randomly assigned to one of them. You will have class 4 days a week and get either Monday off or Thursday off. If you have Monday off, then Thursday will be your full day clinical day (8 hours), and vice versa. On Tues, Wed, and Fri, your day will go from 8am to around 4pm/5pm (lecture in the morning, lunch, and then lab/clinical in the afternoon).
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    University of Calgary January 2019

    Congrats on the acceptance! There is typically a welcome day early January, the week before the official classes start. There will also be a few tasks to complete before you start (criminal record check, vaccination history/update, CPR, N95 fit-testing etc.). You will receive those info in a package soon!
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    Moving from Winnipeg to Calgary

    The new cancer center in Calgary is not set to open until 2023
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