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  1. I’m a student nurse in Toronto (Canada). All classes are moving online and just got the news our placements are on hold for the next three weeks. I’m in an accelerated program (2 years for a BScN) so I’m not sure how we’re going to make up the hours. Hearing rumblings the province is going to be shut down tomorrow onwards 😕 what a time to be a part of the health care system.
  2. Hello JayKayAay

    I am a 4th year student studying at University of Waterloo graduating in April. With the admission season around the corner, I ran into your posts on this website. Can you elaborate on how you had prepared for supplementary essay in the past and tell me how you went about getting a reference letter from a professor? On the website it says I need to get the reference letter from a professor. There is some blurred line with the term professor, in which I am not sure if it is okay to approach an instructor with doctoral degree who had previously taught me in the past. 

     

    Thanks for answering

     

    1. JayKayAay

      JayKayAay

      Hey, congrats! I graduated from waterloo a couple years ago as well. For the supp i relied on past forums from here (all nurses forums, both ontario second entry as well as ubc forums since i applied there as well). What is it that you are confused with the term professor? It is someone who taught you in the past in one of your university courses as you said; i’m not sure what other meaning a professor would hold so please elaborate. 

      Edit: given more thought, i suppose it could be a prof who hasn’t taught you but i believe they are looking for someone who can speak to your academic ability. 

    2. ryantico727

      ryantico727, BSN

      Thank you very much for replying to this swiftly. I found conflicting information on the Admission Guideline section vs. FAQ section.  I am a bit confused if it's okay with me approaching someone with an instructor holding a doctoral degree who happens to be my undergraduate adviser who is not a tenured professor.  

       

      For your social science req, what courses did you take to fulfill the req?

      Is it okay to add you on fb? If so here's a link http://facebook.com/ryantico19950727 

    3. ryantico727

      ryantico727, BSN

      Just to clarify she taught me in the past and got mid 70s in her courses.

  3. JayKayAay

    UBC BSN September 2019 Applicants

    I decided to go to UofT as well instead of UBC so another spot will open up! Breaks my heart esp after seeing ubc’s campus but I plan on pursuing MY MN-NP and hope to do it at UBC! The programs are very similar I’m sure (since both schools hold high prestige and are research focused). See you at UofT!
  4. JayKayAay

    Uoft vs ubc nursing

    Pretty sure! They do have a top 10 survey type of thing but i heard that some people didn’t even get into one of their top 10 for some placements. Just really depends on who/what hospital is accepting students at that point and how many.
  5. Hey @JayKayAay,

    I'm in the same predicament choosing between U of T and UBC. I was wondering if you had decided upon one or if you are still deciding? Any feedback would be helpful.

    1. JayKayAay

      JayKayAay

      I posted a big blurb here: 

       i ultimately chose UofT over UBC. if you wanna chat, lemme know your name on fb or gimme your email 🙂

       

    2. chloe235

      chloe235

      Hey, 

      My name on facebook is Chloe Brossard, I would really like to chat about this if you don't mind. I read what you posted and it gave me some more things to think over so thank you for directing that to me!

       

  6. JayKayAay

    Ontario Second Entry Nursing Fall 2019

    For ubc clinicals, i heard it’s either wed/thurs (or whatever weekdays) or sat/sun, not both. In addition, i heard from a current student that uoft takes into account where you live/mode of transportation so that you’re not travelling more than an hour ish to placement whereas at ubc, clinicals can be anywhere in the lower mainland which could take 2-3 hours one way by transit. I’ve heard many people purchasing cars because of this. Personally, i don’t have the budget for it as insurance in bc is government run and it is very expensive!! There’s also carpooling but that would depend on who is in your cohort/if they drive. Comparing available calendars, uoft not only has more breaks (2 month summer break, fall, winter, and spring reading weeks versus 1 month and 1 winter reading week at ubc), but they also start later (a week after labour day vs starting right after labour day with ubc iirc). I think They also have a longer christmas break - not sure of this since the ubc calendar blacked out 2 1/2-3 weeks for exam period but maybe nursing exams finish earlier? All in all, i think uofts breaks are a great tradeoff for finishing one month later than ubc. I feel like living expenses would be similar for uoft and ubc depending on if you were going to live at home/with family. Off campus housing is probably similar though, because you can always live in cheaper parts of van/toronto. Class sizes are quite different (170 at uoft and 120 at ubc) but i think both are small enough to make friends with profs (i did this in classes of similar sizes, just gotta make the effort). Honestly, ubc might be slightly cheaper. Tuition fees include a bus pass (can be used anywhere in lower mainland and comes up to $40ish a month compared to torontos $120-130/month student bus pass) and i think their health check thing (immunization review) is included in student fees as well as you get this done at the med services on campus. Campus wise, ubc definitely has a beautiful campus with a forest and beach nearby with a view of the north shore/mountains. Uoft is way more urban with more hustle and bustle since it’s in dt toronto. Ubc is on the edge of vancouver so VERY secluded. I walked around and it felt like its own small community. Living close to campus at ubc is most likely not beneficial since it’s so far away from the centre of vancouver and all the hospitals which are quite spread out which would be the opposite with uoft. Also something to keep note of, there are no trains to ubc (some direct busses from select stations) so depending on where you live, could be a hassle As for your license, you’d have to apply for whatever province/territory/state/wherever you plan to work in but i don’t think it would be that horrible, but something to think of nonetheless. It’s moreso the networking opportunities that would potentially be lost if you move out to a different province but who knows, people from vancouver might know people from toronto and vice versa and you could get a good recommendation either way.
  7. JayKayAay

    Uoft vs ubc nursing

    Hi all, i recently got accepted to both uoft and ubc. I am originally from toronto but have been living in vancouver since september, and on/off since 2016. I’m having an extremely difficult time in making a decision and so i would appreciate any advice or input if you have any! I do plan on living/working in vancouver no matter what... but things could always change! I’ve made a list of pros/cons for each. uoft pros: 4-5 major hospitals within walking distance to school; guaranteed placements in 5 units (med/surg, pediatrics, mental health, geriatrics, maternity); they take into account where you live/mode of transportation so that they can place you closer to home; so much variety for food! (I love caribbean food! Something vancouver lacks); closer to family; lots of breaks between school (fall reading week, long christmas break, winter reading week, summer break from july to aug) cons: making friends i’ll have to move away from as i plan to move back to vancouver; potential networking opportunities would be a bust since i would be leaving the toronto area; finish end of july: transferring livense from on to bc ubc pros: vancouver living is amazing, love the weather and activities i can do here!; making friends that i’ll most likely have for a lifetime (and staying geographically close for a while lol); networking opportunities esp at whatever placements i get!; finish end of may cons: placements could be FAR and require a car (can’t afford insurance...); away from friends/fam; short breaks between school (winter reading week, one month for summer); possible clinicals on weekends questions: are there guaranteed placements in med-surg at ubc? Was finding a way to clinical difficult if they were far like in abbotsford, langley, coquitlam? has anyone moved from toronto to vancouver immediately after graduating from an ontario school? How lengthy was the licensing process? Was it hard to obtain a job in vancouver since you had little to no experience as a nurse? I hope someone can give me some advice.. been awake for 3 hours (since 3am lol). My brain won’t be quiet!
  8. JayKayAay

    Ontario Second Entry Nursing Fall 2019

    Just posted this in the ubc allnurses forum but in case there are people here who don’t follow that one but have been accepted to uoft and ubc and are contemplating which one to choose... ”i’ve been accepted to both ubc and uoft, both very comparable schools in terms of academic standing in canada, research opportunities etc. I’ve been living in vancouver since september and off/on for the past few years but originally raised in toronto. I’m wondering if anyone else is in a similar predicament and would like to discuss 😄 I have a list of pros/cons but would like to go over with as many people as possible to make an extremely informative decision lol”
  9. JayKayAay

    UBC BSN September 2019 Applicants

    Hi all, i’ve been accepted to both ubc and uoft, both very comparable schools in terms of academic standing in canada, research opportunities etc. I’ve been living in vancouver since september and off/on for the past few years but originally raised in toronto. I’m wondering if anyone else is in a similar predicament and would like to discuss 😄 I have a list of pros/cons but would like to go over with as many people as possible to make an extremely informative decision lol. I thought i was 70/30 toronto but now i’m back to 50/50 after thinking about how my cons for ubc shouldn’t be make it or break it issues (clinicals might be placed super far, variety of food is not the same as toronto lmao etc). Hope someone has more insights!
  10. Add me!! Ali Hicks 

  11. JayKayAay

    Ontario Second Entry Nursing Fall 2019

    What’s your name? Would love to chat with someone in the same predicament haha
  12. JayKayAay

    Ontario Second Entry Nursing Fall 2019

    This is what i’m doing right now (uoft vs ubc) as i still haven’t made a decision!
  13. JayKayAay

    UBC BSN September 2019 Applicants

    Haha thanks! I guess what really matters is what you take away from your experiences and how you can apply them. I’ve been in customer facing roles for 10 years so it really helps! Lots of transferrable skills for any job. Yeah the scam was something lol. Never thought i’d fall for one because i’m usually smart about things but it was def a life lesson. DON’T TRUST ANYONE lol jk
  14. JayKayAay

    UBC BSN September 2019 Applicants

    Thanks! I had a 90.4 in my last year, which was a 4.33/4.33 gpa i guess? My cgpa was a 3.6/4.33 though LOL. I had no direction all the way up to the end of my first term of third year... didn’t have a plan for a future career and so i didn’t care about my grades which leads me into my supplemental. I did a lot of odd temp jobs which happened to be involve the community such as working for an event by the heart and stroke foundation called Ride for Heart (though i didn’t mention this one), working at the vancouver/toronto elections, and my work supporting individuals with intellectual/physical disabilities. I had a coop for this during school and later found some work in this area while in vancouver. I don’t have extensive research experience (or really any if you don’t count the research i did as a group project lol). However, looking back at my statement etc i really tried to help admissions understand that nursing is the best career path for me as i struggled to find one that met my needs/wants. For my work/volunteer experiences, i really tried to connect what i had learned from these and why it would make me a better nurse. An example, from my leadership exp, Was as a key holder at an outlet store where i fell for a scam (some guy said his car broke down and claimed to be related to the guy who owned the store lmao he was dropping names you wouldn’t know unless you knew them) and so i gave him money and soon found out i made the wrong judgement call. I realized this shortly after and made sure to make it right by paying it back with my own money as true leadership means owning up to your mistakes, learning from them, and leading by example by doing the right thing. For accomplishments, one was getting a 4.0/4.0 gpa at waterloo in my last year. It was a huge feat for me as i never passed the 80% mark since my first term of first year lol. And i explained what i learned from this - that i’m my own limiting factor in terms of mentality because if i set my mind to something, i come out on top and it’s been proven over and over again not only with grades, but moving out of my home 6 years ago, moving across the country where i didn’t have any friends or family etc., so i know i can do well as a nurse if i set my mind to it. For casper, i think i did really well. Somehow lol. I really just stated the issue in my own words to show understand, looked at it from two main points of view, then chose the side i thought was the best option while being ethical, compassionnate, but also following the rules/regulations. Hope this helps 🙂 i wish they gave us our rankings to see how we really did in all three categories but i know i should just be happy i got accepted 😅
  15. JayKayAay

    UBC BSN September 2019 Applicants

    I’m sort of in the same boat. I currently reside in vancouver but i’m originally from toronto and have lots of fam there to live with BUT i do have to contemplate the licensing as well. I looked it up and to go from toronto to vancouver licensing i don’t think it’s that hard, but haven’t done extensive research yet. I would assume it’d be as hard/easy to go from bc to on.. let me know if you find any info on it lol. One thing that i think is a con for ubc is that placements can be anywhere in lower mainland... if you don’t have a car this may be difficult whereas in toronto they might be more accessible. I know for uoft there’s about 5 major hospitals within 10-15 mins walking distance of the school so that’s a huge pull for me.
  16. JayKayAay

    UBC BSN September 2019 Applicants

    Same! I saved my supp app in a word doc haha
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