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    New Teacher Wants to Become a Nurse: Advice Please!!

    I think you can not say things like if it is too hard. You have done alot already, it will just be different. Have confidence in yourself you will do great! And I totally understand about grading grading grading and if you dont do it every day it builds up to the point of being unmanageable. The behavior is what really gets me, like REALLY gets me and there are no detentions or zeros for assignments that dont get handed in where i work... makes things almost imposible for us. I know nursing is very hard too but its just completely different and I will gladly work 12 hr shifts to get a few more days off without taking work home. I guess i pretty much already do work that and i still somehow always feel behind and like i am not doing enough. I think you just need to trust your gut instinct about decisions even if they are huge life decisions. Sometimes you just know what is not right for you, nad what you feel IS right and it sounds like you know. Good luck to you! and good luck with the rest of the teaching year, three more months! :)
  2. Do you mean 2011? Yeah i am hoping they will take REALLY good marks from my first degree and not the not-so-good ones. I have my spot for the LPN at BVC though for August 29th. How old are you if you don't mind me asking? Have you done any post-secondary?
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    Nursing vs. Teaching?

    I am in my first year of teaching and most likely will be my last. I got accepted into an LPN program in Alberta and am still waiting about the BN program. Teaching is very exhausting, and very contrary to popular belief, the days are very long, sometimes 7 days a week for no extra pay. I get to work 90 mins before the school day begins and stay usually 3 hours after, with more work to do on weekends. Do not go into teaching for less stress, do it because you want to teach. You will be taking work home with you every day, and working lots of overtime every week without really having any choice in the matter, but if you are okay with that then good! I am feeling that I need to have more of a life for myself, and although we get the holidays most of it is just recovery time from all of the extra hours (I know alot of people who will spend an entire week marking, planning etc. on holidays...). Good luck to you in whatever you decide to do!
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    New Teacher Wants to Become a Nurse: Advice Please!!

    I wish you the best of luck. Sometimes i feel guilty when i walk in the door monday morning feeling totally miserable about the week, but i do my best to keep a smile on my face while i am in the building and be the best i can, but i know I can not continue to do this every day for the rest of my life. It is nice to know other people can sympathize because my family are also the people who can not understand why i would give up this gold mine job with summers off,,, but if those are the only two months of the year i am going to be happy forget it!! I got thrown into teaching a bunch of stuff I do not want to be teaching, and as a first year teacher these kids test and test and test and there are days i literally want to let the office know somebody needs to cover me becasue im walking out!!!! the disrespect for teachers now is unbelievable and im sure people are disrespectful toward nurses too, but at least i wont have to spend 3 hrs after 6pm emailing parents about the 200 plus kids who have not handed in their homework yet. I alwyas see that sort of thing as time away from my husband, time away from my pets, friends, exercise, sleep, time for myself,,, and it feels like...for what??? It just is not worth it for me at all. I just made it through report cards for the first time, that was a real treat lol.... :S
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    New Teacher Wants to Become a Nurse: Advice Please!!

    I know this post is old, but reading this is EXACTLY the situation in my life that I am in right now. Did not feel the strong calling toward teaching around my 3rd year of 5 yrs of university. Now I am in my first year, and although sometimes I have great days at school, i feel very overwhelmed alot of the time. I know nursing is overwhelming as well but I really need a job where my days off are my days off. My husband is a cop and his schedule is similar to nursing he only works 3-4 12 hr shifts a week (which is ENOUGH!) and I work 10-12 hrs monday-friday plus my entire sunday is a write off with planning. I feel like I never have time set aside that is mine, and I think i would love shift work having 3-4 days off in a row. I am dealing with a ton of behavioral problems, my vocal chords are literally in pain from having to raise my voice constantly and I feel like I am never doing enough because I do not work from a set time till a set time so it becomes completely life consuming, and I am missing all of the things that I used to love doing (dancing, lots of working out, spending time with friends,,,). To me this is not even close to worth having a summer off. 40 hrs per week and 3 weeks off would be much more manageable nad knowing i helped somebody at the end of the day would be so rewarding. If kids do not let you make a difference, you won't for them. that is how I feel... The education system is really changing in Canada. Now kids can hand in the entire year's work in june and you are expected to mark it all in a couple of weeks. You `can not give zeros or ask kids to stay after school and this has really led to behavioral and work ethic problems from when I was that age, and I am only 24. I have only been teaching a couple of months and I alrady feel burned out because I literally never get one day off,, and guess what I am going ot be doing on my Christmas "vacation"...planning planning planning. I am very interested with healthcare and I love working with people and I am very caring and sympathetic with people and I do see myself as being a great nurse. I want a job that is challenging but not TOTALLY life consuming where I still do get days off, and am being paid a reasonable amount per hour. I am applying for nursing next year, and am hoping to work a part time job only teaching the subject I want to teach while going to school, or part time subbing to pay my way through....Maybe kids deserve teachers who are fully willing to work 75 hrs per week for no extra pay and be on the brink of a divorce with no time for friends, but I can not give them that right now...
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    Distance education in Canada

    Does anybody know if it is possible to get your BN or RN through distance Ed. in Canada without being an LPN or RN first?
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    Should I switch careers? (Canada)

    So I looked more into the BN program at Athabasca (bridge lpn-bn) and it is ALOT of credit hours. 90!!! after already doing a really busy lpn program, and you have to have a year of working experience as an lpn to apply. I am really re thinking this, maybe i am best off to apply to mount royal bn program and substitute teach half days if its possible (i am not sure what the schedule is like). But if its not then there goes my income for four years and there is no way i can do that either. It just seems like the credit hrs for bn from the start is about half as it would be to become an lpn and work on athabasca bn program. Does anyone know of any other crrespondence bridge programs? I live in Calgary, nad do not believe there are any in town here. My husband has a really good job here and we will not be leaving the city. I really do want to do this,
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    Should I switch careers? (Canada)

    Thanks for the info. everyone. I am actually living in Calgary, my husband has a good job here and we just bought a home so I am not leaving here, so the best option for me right now is Bow Valley College. Its a year and a half to complete the LPN program and with already having been in uni. 5 years with loans, its just not practical for me to go into a BN program, altho that would be my ultimate goal in the end but I would just need to be working sooner.
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    Should I switch careers? (Canada)

    In Canada RN is 4, and LPN some colleges do it straight through so that you can finish in a year and a half. I alrady went for 5 years to uni so I am pretty sick of school :S but I know a year and a half would be totally fine for me. I do want to be an RN but realistically I need to be working to pay back student loans and pay our mortgage. I have heard good things about the lpn-bn bridge program and I think I could do it at my own pace while working at least part time. What I do now is rewarding and I know I am helping people every day, but I feel like I can not take care of myself which is extremely important, and emotionally I am just not happy putting in these hours week after week knowing it will not stop until July. I don't mind long shifts at all and have worked shift jobs but then you get more time off too which is nice and right now I really only get a day. Maybe my mind will change halfway through this year but, if I could do something else that I loved that was rewarding and gave me a nice lifestyle with more time for myself I would probably be happier.
  10. Hello everyone. I need some honest advice. I am currently in my first year of a new job, I am working 14 hr days from monday to friday, plus an additional almost full day every sunday getting prepared for the week. I live in Canada. With putting in about 70 hours a week, i am finding myself increadibly exhausted, unhappy. I don't get paid OT and i am Salaried so I have to get a certain amount of work done regardless of the hours it takes me. I am highly considering becomming and LPN. Do lpns have to work 70 hours a week? or is it more around the 40-50 mark? I am perfectly fine nad happy with 40-50 but right now I am not happy and since I am only 24 I want to make the switch next year and start applying now because I do not see things getting easier for me in the future. How many weeks paid vacation do LPNs in Canada get to start? What is the starting rate? I would plan on taking the bridge program through Athabasca while I start too.
  11. how does refusing to assist in abortion make me judgemental
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    Public Health and birth control

    You're right, I probably could not be a public health nurse. Could this thread please be closed? Thanks :)
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    Public Health and birth control

    I know that Plan B prevents implantation, but it does not prevent fertilization. I have friends that have taken it, they are still my friends, i just never personally would or want to give it out. In regards to getting the paycheck, in Canada our tax dollars already go to abortion without any of us getting a choice or say in that whatsoever (hoping that changes). My paycheck would come from the government of Canada/provincial government just as it has in other jobs that I have worked in so that part is really no different. It would upset me to work in a hospital knowing that was going on on the other side of the building but if I were doing work that I felt was helping people and had nothing to do with that, I think I would still feel like I was doing something great for people, and not going against my beliefs at all. It was a really good point though that was brought up about where your paycheck is coming from, and I have thought about that myself as well.
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    The intensity of being a nursing student?

    I am in Alberta now but I took my first program in Manitoba
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    Public Health and birth control

    You are so mean to me! I am not even making a big deal of anything right now what is your problem!
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