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  1. CuriousStudent1108

    Well, I'm not a Curious Student anymore...

    and so I'll be retiring my Allnurses' account here. Can't believe the 3 years went by so fast. I got lots of good advice in my posts and readings here (read a lot more than I ever posted). I finished my last student shift yesterday, so I'm going to retire this account and start a new one. I was a bit silly and posted WAY too much identifiable information about myself. I'll be more careful in the future. Just wanted to say "YAY!" and thanks to all of you - I'll be seeing you around the boards you just might not recognize me.
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    "The Nurses and HCA's will be responsible for...

    Thanks Ogopogo - I can't believe how the time seems to have flown. I am so happy to nearly be done, I know that a casual position is a foot in the door and I'm happy to start there. Things are opening up in AB so hopefully it won't be long. I asked about the insulin protocol - apparently they will all have the pens which you just dial up the right number and they "poke" themselves. If they are unable it defaults to me... just so many little things that seem asinine. I LOL'ed at the suggestion they hire the housekeepers to chart. :) It's not a fit for the type of skilled nurse I want to be - I like the hands on, but not housekeeping... I don't want to spend my time charting all day and trying to wrangle the HCA's into getting all the "housework" done. I've BEEN a HCA while in school... I know how political and soap opera-ish it can be. Now add the work of housekeeping to the pile? Nah I don't want to babysit that nightmare. PS: I think I need a new screen name hey? No longer a "Curious Student" - I've done it, I'm a nurse!
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    "The Nurses and HCA's will be responsible for...

    Yep, you guys are all confirming my gut feeling. I did get an offer today for a casual position on a med/telemetry floor, so I'll resign and let the housekeeping/nursing duties go to some other hapless nurse. At the risk of sounding... racist... and I DON'T mean to at ALL because I respect all nationalities *you'll see my point in a minute* I was quite surprised at orientation too. This is a non-union facility, the LTC facility they are closing down IS unionized and many of those workers are out of a job when the final resident transfers are complete. The new facility has, out of 50-60 new hires in kitchen, HCA, housekeeping and nursing, only 15ish members who are NOT Filipino. Now here's my point: what better way to keep your facility union-free than to hire staff who will NEVER ever "rock the boat" because they are so happy to have a decent paying job (they've matched local union base pay rates) and are afraid to lose it?? I could be wrong I guess (and feel free to correct me) but I see that as a fairly deliberate move on the part of senior management here. The ones from the old facility who are pro union and caucasian (for the most part) did NOT get hired.
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    "The Nurses and HCA's will be responsible for...

    The on-site pharmacy will be packaging all the meds with pt name, name of pill, description of pill ie: "Mr.Smith, Levodopa, round, white pill" and these will all be kept in a locked pill box and in a locked drawer in each patient's room just as the meds would be if they lived in their own home (the idea being: this IS their home). I can't seem to clarify if they're passing under my license - I wouldn't think so but don't know for sure. If the resident refuses the meds, they chart it on the MAR and in the communication book. I hate the idea that I don't know who is taking what, how they're taking it - how it's being handled (if the pt. refuses). I don't think I'll stay. Makes me really nervous. And it's not unionized so you have zero protection should something go haywire.
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    "The Nurses and HCA's will be responsible for...

    Oh, and doing the residents laundry (not including facility linens) and cooking breakfasts in the "cottage". It's the Eden philosophy - less "institutional" which I guess blurs the lines between professional nursing care and general housekeeping...
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    "The Nurses and HCA's will be responsible for...

    I wish it were a joke... but it isn't. They even took the time to show us which color of cleaning cloths are to be used where, and all the janitorial carts/vaccuums, etc. HCA's there do meds, the nurses do assessments, charting, etc and PRN narcotics. The rest of the time you're pitching in with all hands-on resident care and ADL's. Which I guess theoretically gives me enough time to clean bathrooms.
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    "The Nurses and HCA's will be responsible for...

    Cleaning the resident rooms and bathrooms." This line drifted to my ears in the orientation for a brand new (lovely) private LTC facility opening here soon. This is Canada - we don't really do "private" care but the gov't of the province in which I live has recently handed over LTC to private for profit companies. I am a new graduate nurse and so am happy to find a job wherever I can... until I hear this! They have a housekeeping staff - these staff are responsible for keeping the (carpeted) hallways and common areas clean. We've been told they don't set foot in the resident's rooms - the nurses and health care aides will be responsible for cleaning these! What?!? I am curious if any of you have heard of this before? I mean, great facility and all - the food, decor, building, etc all new and state-of-the-art. But they're saving money by having their nursing and auxillary staff acting as housekeeping??? How does this enable the best resident care? I think I'm going to quit before I even finish orientation. I didn't go to school for 3 years to clean toilets. What do you think?
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    Alberta health services- looking for work

    I agree. The only girls from my class (we grad this month) who've gotten interviews/jobs so far (only as casual) were the ones who dropped the resume off in person to the UM. It worked for me. I'm still waiting to hear "for sure" that I got a position but it looks good. Fingers crossed.
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    Scope of Practice of RPN/RN

    Thankyou for your responses. Can I ask what the starting wage is for a new grad PN? Here in AB it is $23 and change. How do the RNs treat the PNs? Here I find they refer to themselves as "nurses" and call us only LPNs. As in "we'll be holding a meeting with the nurses and the LPNs". Petty of me to notice? Seems they don't want to call us nurses...
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    Scope of Practice of RPN/RN

    Bumping this thread forward. What is the scope of a RPN in Ontario, and how does it compare to the scope of the LPN within Alberta? What is the hourly starting wage? Just doing some comparative research.
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    Did you get pinned?

    We get pinned at ours in June - I can't remember what the pin looks like, but it's custom ordered from Birks. We're wearing the traditional white uniforms (but can wear white pants if we choose) and getting our pins and caps at the ceremony. LPN program.
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    RN job/ lifestyle Alberta-close to Rez

    I wish the issues such as "boredom and alcohol" fueling such dysfunction would be truly addressed by our government instead of throwing endless tax dollars in the direction of the reservations year after year. They deserve better.
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    Select Medical Connections? Travel nurse in BC?

    What a coincidence!!
  14. Have you checked out the AHS job postings? Last I looked there were plenty of LPN postings for both major AB centers both Cgy and Edm. Talking to a graduate RN from Cgy today on my clinical rotation who just moved up here and she said that there are plenty of LPN jobs there, fewer for RNs. It's opposite here in northern AB there are pretty much no LPN postings and a bunch for RNs. (I'm still a PN student hoping there will be a job when I graduate this spring.)
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    returning to Alberta this year

    I'm sorry to hear about your dad's MI but glad to hear things look like they'll work out for the move. Good luck!
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