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    RPN to RN Programs in Ontario

    Hi everyone! I was just looking for some insight on the RPN to RN programs in Ontario (Specifically, McMaster, George Brown/Ryerson and George Brown/Trent). I'm currently a George brown student and I find that the bridging certificate to be quite pointless. What if you don't get the required average to bridge to Ryerson/Trent and then you wasted another year? Which is why I was thinking Mac was a better option because there's only the one three-year bridge program to be accepted into (and stay into!). But if anyone has any experience in either of these programs and you had some advice, maybe what you liked about it, what you didn't like or how you found the program was laid out that would be great! Currently I am leaning towards the Mac program at Mohawk's campus but ultimately I wanted to stay in Toronto and work at a hospital downtown. I know how competitive it is to get a job in a hospital down here, but how much does having a clinical experience at a certain hospital help your job prospects? For example, If I had my clinical at Sunnybrook, is there a good chance I would get hired at Sunnybrook upon graduation and completing the licensing exam? This is something I've heard from many people and I just wanted to know if it's true lol Thanks
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    Rank colleges for RPN (Mohawk, George Brown, and Sheridan)

    Yes! So basically because you did College English (COMM 1020, i believe is the course code?) and because you have to take a general education elective in pre-health/nursing, they automatically transfer the courses from your pre-health transcript to your nursing transcript. So you'd only have to take the 7 remaining courses which is anatomy/physiology, lifespan development, and the five nursing classes/labs
  3. Hi there, I am currently and RPN student at GBC in Toronto. I have been trying to make a game plan for my future and am just wondering what the best option would be in furthering my education. I am 22 years old and have a Bachelor of Human Kinetics with a minor in biology from the University of Windsor. I chose to start the Practical Nursing program at GBC in May of this year and because I already wasted four years of OSAP and my life in a program I am not using, I want to make sure I have all the information before I go any further lol Basically, my original goal was to become an OR Nurse so that eventually I can go back to school and become a Perfusionist. However, I know I will need to upgrade my RPN diploma to a BScN so I am planning on doing that right after I finish the RPN program. I will finish in December of 2020 and hopefully will be on track to start a bridging program for September 2021. I was thinking of getting the Medication Administration certificate between that time so I can work as an RPN part time while studying to get my BScN. So I guess my question is... does it make sense for me to do the Medication Administration certificate if I am going to be an RN three years later? I noticed pretty much all of the Nursing jobs I've been looking at in Toronto, GTA, Hamilton, etc. require their RPNs to have the Med. Admin. certificate. I hope this wasn't too much information or too confusing lol this is my first post on here and I just wanted to say how excited I am to finally be getting into a profession that I love!! I learned so much in my Kin degree and all of the experience I gained in that program will definitely help me in Nursing, but I am just so excited to finally be a part of something that I have been waiting for the last three years!! Thank you all in advance for any advice you may have
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    New Grad in Toronto Cannot find job

    Although hospitals value their volunteers immensely I think the point of volunteering is being missed. Most people who volunteer are elderly and retired looking for something to do, OR they are high school, college, university students looking for some sort of experience in healthcare. I had quite a few volunteer internships in the hospital close to my university in the dialysi last clinic, surgical floor, etc. and the way the coordinator and other nurses treated me was that they were doing me a favour letting me help out in the small ways volunteers do. Realistically they are giving you something to put on your resume so they don’t care you are putting in your time Additionally, not one job interview I have had in the past few months for healthcare related positions (I have a degree in kinesiology ) have asked me about my volunteer work which I clearly stated and outlined in detail in my resume. Which sucks so personally I wouldn’t bother volunteering, but everyone’s situation/opinion is different. Best of luck finding work.
  5. This is so insane!! I am about to start Nursing school in May and I was just curious for those nurses out there working in the field.. how do things like this happen? I’m not judging or being condescending or anything like that.. I’m just genuinely curious. Is it high patient to nurse ratios? Improper training? It’s scary knowing that one mistake on your part can cost a person their life. How can mistakes like these be avoided? Asking to tuck in my learning binder for when I eventually enter the field
  6. Hi there!! It’s kind of a long story but last year before I graduated from my BHK I applied to the accelerated programs. I applied to 4-5 of them across ON and BC and spent almost $1000 on application fees. I met and exceeded all of the requirements and thought I had a sure shot of getting in, considering my BHK is a Movement Science major and I had a minor in biology I thought I was a shoe in. I ended up getting rejected from ALL of the programs because my grade eleven math mark was two percent lower then the requirement for high school graduates. I was heart broken. I didn’t (and still don’t) understand why I didn’t get admitted because of a high school grade when I met the requirements for my applicant pool (applicants with Uni education vs. applicants from high school). So I decided to do pre-health because My high school chemistry mark met the bare minimum and my bio could have been way higher. I did pre-health science at GBC and got admitted to their RPN program... I found out a month ago they used my high school grades for admission so I just wasted another 8 months in a useless (to me anyways) college program. I had my heart set on the accelerated program but unfortunately it didn’t work out.. so now that I actually have an acceptance to a nursing program I’m just going to stick with it and bridge my RPN to RN after I graduate! but thank you for the suggestion though
  7. Thank you so much for all the tips!! I really appreciate it
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    Rank colleges for RPN (Mohawk, George Brown, and Sheridan)

    Hey! I’m in Pre-Health at George Brown too I got accepted into the RPN program for May start of this year. Honestly, have you been to the Waterfront Campus for a tour yet? If not you should schedule one. It’s beautiful, state of the art labs, library is beautiful, so much space to grab a table and work with your friends (if you’re st the St. James campus now you probably understand the struggle to find a table there as well!). Personaly, GBC RPN is my first choice. I understand what you’re saying how Sheridan is close, I commute to downtown Toronto every day from Milton but I think it’s worth it. It all depends on how much money/time you want to spend on commuting. I can’t soeak to which program is better considering I haven’t started yet, but technically if you’re coming from GBC’s pre-health you only need to take 7 courses in first semester instead of 9. This is because we’ve taken College English and a General education elective in our program and we can transfer it over. Also, it doesn’t matter where you go for your RPN for bridging purposes. You can get into any bridge program at any college/university so long as you have a good average and pass the licensing exam to become an RPN. Hope this addresses some of your concerns! Let me know how it goes for you
  9. For sure!! That's exactly what I was thinking, I figured it would help me excel in the bridge program with the extra practice and being in that environment all the time. I'm used to a heavy course load in University and working part time so I think I can manage, but I know Nursing is also on a whole other level with workload so just going to take it one step at a time Do you have any suggestions for studying and staying on top of the actual nursing courses? I have taken multiple anatomy and physiology courses so those I am not too worried about... It's more so the nursing theory, and clinical lab/theory I am worried about. I am quite happy because I have an english credit and an elective that transfers over so I only have seven courses to worry about instead of nine!
  10. Oh okay that is great!! Thank you so much. There is so much information out there on college and university websites with admission requirements and whatnot that it gets confusing to figure out what you actually need/don't need. Thanks again