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  1. m_aidez

    USA ADN moving to Quebec - please help

    Although, there are "english" hospitals, other HCPs/clientele expect you to understand, speak and write in french since it is a predominantly french speaking province, no? As much as most Canadians say, yes we accept english or french speakers, they usually have a STRONG preferences for those who speak BOTH fluently, and to say other wise is just silly. "...you may chart in English in the English ones" does that mean you can chart in BOTH languages in these "english" hospitals? If so, I see a lot of miscommunication issues that can arise from that especially for those nurses and other HCPs that are not fluent in french. I'm just wary of this because nurses are expected to be responsible for their practice. Saying "I am not able to fully comprehend the doctor's orders because it's in french: doesn't cut it. Always asking for help isn't necessarily a good thing, especially if there is a baseline requirement in order to do the job (i.e., language requirement) and there's a heavy workload. How much of work productivity of those nurses needing translation of certain written documentations and orders are affected? As well as, how does it affect patient care and outcomes? Would you still use the same health and med. abbrv. if you decided to document in french or english? To the OP: I think these are some type of questions you need to ask. You need to find out how are you going to be protected from slip ups because of language barriers especially in those few months, years where you're still learning french. Back to clemmm78: What are the major difference b/w the CRNE and OIIQ--test material wise? I love how our country has two official languages but I think that there is too much inconsistencies that exists which can affect the care we provide. I have a question regarding pay in Quebec. Do you get pay incentives for being bilingual? Because I know some employers (not necessarily ALL health care facilities) in other provinces give these incentives.
  2. m_aidez

    Which rpn college has a better program?

    Think about it this way, these programs are accredited and checked by some national board. All of them are suitable. All employers care about is that you graduate and pass the CRPNE.
  3. Oh really? I thought from OCAS you can apply for 6 colleges or something like that. There's still GB, Humber and Seneca around GTA. Georgian College is pretty good too. Anyway, good luck to your friend. Has your friend called Admissions in each school to ask when they usually give acceptance letters? If he doesn't get accepted try other colleges, there's so many and to be honest most employers don't care where you graduate from as long as you pass the CRNE/CRPNE.
  4. Congratulations! I'm glad to hear good news. Actually like hearing about success stories rather than unsuccessful ones!
  5. m_aidez

    Volunteer Work

    You're welcome. Oh btw, here is a website that gives you a listing of volunteer positions. That's where I find some of my volunteering opportunities. As you can tell, I love volunteering. I've never volunteered in the hospital because I know there's a lot of needy communities out there and my interest varies. I hope I can continue volunteering when I become an RN. CharityVillage Main Street
  6. m_aidez

    Volunteer Work

    I want to make it clear to you that volunteers don't do anything "health related" per se with patients in GTA hospitals. You can probably shadow a nurse but you can't do nursing interventions even with nursing supervision. Most volunteers in hospitals are usually monitors/greeters/friendly visitors, or they do administrative/office clerk duties. Some hospitals if you volunteer with them long enough they could probably hire you as a patient observer. Patient observers are individuals who monitor certain patients who wander or who have certain needs (usually patients with mental illness). Even then as a patient observer you're only allowed to talk to the patient and report bizarre behaviours to their attending nurse. Good luck!
  7. m_aidez

    I feel like a jerk!

    They wouldn't feel bad to let you go if they need to so why would you feel bad letting them go? Family is first, just keep reminding yourself that.
  8. m_aidez

    About getting a Job!

    Are you a graduate nurse? Or are you in the process of graduating?
  9. m_aidez

    I don't have a passion for anything (anymore)...need advice .

    Reality is some nurses do make that much, it depends where you live and the cost of living. Here are some other Health Care Professions: Med Lab Technologist, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Audiologist, Speech Language Pathologist, MRI Technologist, Sonographer, Pharmacists, Radiological Technologist, Dietitian, Respiratory Therapist, Social Worker
  10. m_aidez

    Volunteer Work

    Welcome! I'm not sure if you can shadow a nurse because they're pretty busy with their workload. Also, some of them usually have a student nurse that they supervise. You can try smaller suburban hospitals but again, it's not a guarantee. As to suggestions, I don't really have any because it depends on where you want to work once your graduate. The UHN hospitals are pretty good but they're in downtown Toronto. I do have a suggestion regarding volunteering in general. Since hospitals won't allow you to volunteer until you have lived here for a year, why don't you try out illness specific societies like the "Canadian Diabetes Society," "Cancer Society," "MS Society," etc. So that once you hit that one year mark and you're ready to apply for volunteering positions at the hospital you have references to vouch for you. Also think creatively; there's so much more than just the hospital and it's good to experience different things. You can also volunteer for Women Centres, Community Resource Centres, and Long Term Care facilities.
  11. m_aidez

    Volunteer Work

    Most GTA hospitals only allow you as a volunteer to either chat with patients, refill water for patients or be patient guide (i.e., if a patient is loss you're expected to take them from point A to point B). Each hospital is different but most hospitals require you to get a TB test, attend their orientation, references and police check because you are working with vulnerable populations. Sometimes they also want to have an interview with you. Talk with the volunteer coordinator of the facility you want to volunteer at, they'll guide you through the process. I know that some hospitals like UHN gives you free TB test if you're volunteering with them. I'm not sure if this is still exists but hey if it's still FREE, go for it because it saves you $10-20. I'm not sure what you can do in the OR but you can definitely be used in the ER and Med/Surg floors (especially the latter). Oh and to volunteer you don't have to be a nurse. They got a lot of retirees, post-sec. students and secondary students.
  12. m_aidez

    can't get a job

    You'll get there sooner or later.
  13. m_aidez

    Changing career path/major..advice please?

    I'm sure if you get part-time or PRN.
  14. m_aidez

    I don't have a passion for anything (anymore)...need advice .

    There are many other options in the Health care field besides nursing. Google "Health Care Careers" and you'll find many! Don't do nursing if you're not interested in it, it will only eat your soul. lol I've meet a few nurses who hate their careers and they're miserable and they seem to age faster.
  15. m_aidez

    can't get a job

    I've spoken to many new grads (2009-2010) that graduated from my school here in ON. They got jobs, some started May but some will start September. Yes, not all of them are full-timers and a lot of them got two part-time jobs. Some got hospital jobs but a lot of them are in LTC or homecare. Also, the people I know have connections from inside their facilities so I do believe that networking helps when it comes to landing a job. I actually have a friend who called the hospital she wanted to work in and asked if they received her resume/cover letter through Health Force Ontario. They told her no and that it probably got lost in the system. They told her that this happens a lot because they receive so many applications especially during their hiring peak season. So then my friend went to HR the next day and handed the resume/cover letter in person. They called her two and half weeks later for an interview and she got the job a few days later. She's starting the end of September beginning of October. Fiona59, what do you suggest the OP do? What steps can the OP take in order for her to land a job in Alberta? Can you give her tips? Personally, as I said before, I think it's worth to try the networking method but I don't know, you know the Alberta system. Yes, I agree that some managers will hate it but I know that not all managers will react the same. At the end of the day, the OP needs money and to utilize skills. Desperate times calls for desperate measures. As you said, don't expect the dream job so if the OP already accepts this I don't see why she should not explore other options/methods in finding a job.