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  1. Fiona59

    Income Tax

    Tax year 18 . Fees paid for practice permit for 18. no deductions for uniforms, etc.
  2. Fiona59

    Allnurses Clubs

    The general public has no place on this forum. It's for nurses, nursing students, NAs, PSW, advanced practice nurses. I don't go to military, police, doctors, or whatever forums that are specialized to through in my 50cents on how I think they should behave. And I fully expect a lecture on my bad attitude from certain posters.
  3. Fiona59

    Moving provinces right after finishing school?

    Depends on where you go. I lived in one place that gave preference to hiring locals, didn't matter how much experience you had.
  4. Canada phased out the diploma RN in 2009. Anyone graduating after that date has a BScN or BSN. The RN's without a degree were grandfathered in and as far as I know, they make $1/hour less than a degree holder.
  5. Canadian nursing education may appear similar to US but in reality it is very different. The RN designation is only available after completing a four year degree. There is no diploma or hospital based RN programme. The LPN designation is only available after a 2+ year college education. Unlike in the US where it can be done in as little as nine months.
  6. Fiona59

    2 bachelors degrees?

    How far into the nursing degree are you? If not that far in walk away. To get the desired non-bedside jobs, you need experience. Time as a student will rarely cut it when it comes to interviews. You could always try pharmaceutical sales. The Cannabis clinics in my area tend to hire LPNs.
  7. Fiona59

    Are you practising nursing in some capacity here

    THey have to give us something! They rarely communicate by actual letter anymore. Want us to get magazine in the online format because it's more eco friendly and they'd save on postage! There is no chance I'd look at the online magazine.
  8. Fiona59

    Are you practising nursing in some capacity here

    But we get a quarterly magazine, malpractice insurance and the thrill of getting audited every five years! Sarcasm fully intended!
  9. Fiona59

    Are you practising nursing in some capacity here

    That's cheap! We're up to $350 in Alberta.
  10. Be honest with yourself. It sounds like you have a good life and job. Do you want to work shifts? Work stat holidays? Be at the bottom of the vacation list? Possibly be injured on the job? How well do you handle verbal abuse? I graduated when I was 41. There is discrimination out there about age. I was in the top five in my graduating class, academically and performance wise. I was one of the last to find a job. Find a volunteer job to feel satisfied. Nursing is hard on the body and the mind. I've missed time with my family working the holidays and evenings because I was the newest hire. Had to work Christmas and New Years when my husband was serving overseas. Nobody thought about my family home alone because I was a mature adult and my children were teenagers. I've been assaulted and worker's comp for the injuries. The patients just don't care, they want their family members looked after because they aren't replaceable and nursing staff are! If I knew then what I know now, I'd be in a different area of healthcare.
  11. Fiona59

    Unable to get EI as a nurse

    Your problem is your honesty. There is no labour shortage in hospitals, multiple nursing classes graduate each year. Whenever I had to move due to my spouse's job, I had no problem getting EI because I stated that I left to move due to spousal relocation.
  12. Fiona59

    Moved to Calgary, Jobs?

    AHS is known to be slow in the hiring process. From interview to start date can be anywhere from three weeks to two months. All jobs are offered to internal applicants before they look at outside candidates. I have a coworker that moved from Edmonton to Calgary. It took nearly a year of applications before she got an interview.
  13. Fiona59

    Need your comments about Assignment America

    Read the forum. There are places that pay very poorly, have unsafe staff/patient ratios. That is why there is a healthcare worker shortage. Healthcare workers aren't just nurses, it's the aides, lab techs, etc.. My hospital in Canada cant keep up with the need for aides. Some units are like revolving doors due to workload and acuity.
  14. Fiona59

    Need your comments about Assignment America

    I think your best bet would be to read the forum. Look at how many American nurses are looking for jobs. Are you in a speciality like ICU, NICU, OR? Would you be wanting to live in Colorado, the Dakotas, the fly over states? Or are you wanting to live in California, Hawaii, Florida. Then you will have your answers.
  15. Fiona59

    RPN - operating room

    Out here in Alberta, the certificate course is the only way into the OR. There is always a need for OR nurses due to the environment. Most get hired into where they do their practicum placement. Mainly full time lines, some high part time FTEs. Basically, if you are an Alpha personality it works out.