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GBC_Student BSN, LPN, RN

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GBC_Student has 5 years experience as a BSN, LPN, RN.

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  1. GBC_Student

    Anyone work 12 hour hospital shifts?

    What you're saying all sounds familiar. Some units have nurses in a line, a particular patten that doesn't change. Some may not have lines, like yours. As you gain seniority you may gain a line. I'd ask your clerk or other nurses if your unit has lines. As for the six or seven shifts per pay period, that's also not uncommon. If you work seven shifts you're not paid for 7*12, you're paid for 7*11.25. That comes to 78.25 per pay period. So to average out your hours and pay some pay periods you'll work 7 shifts and some you'll work 6.
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    What pathway should I take?

    A big thing that can impact your hourly wage is shift differentials, if you're part time or full-time (in lieu of benefits) , if you're "in charge" (if you're the charge nurse) and OT. For instance my base wage is $29.75 per hour, and the hospital I work at offers part time employees 20% in lieu of benefits and vacation. My hospital offers part timers the option to pay 2% into the pension plan. So my hourly wage actually comes out to $35.10 an hour. A lot of hospitals will pay you a higher wage if you work in the evening and more on top of that if you work a night shift. You'll also see weekend premiums. So even though an RPN might top out at $33 they might be getting more an hour if they're part time and working a night shift. Pay varies from province to province and hospital to hospital. And over time can be a real game changer. If I'm working OT on a Saturday night shift I could earn $60 an hour.
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    Nursing in Canada

    Usually on a medicine floor you'll see 4-5 patients during the days and 7-8 on nights. But you might find better or worse ratios in different hospitals in different provinces or cities. In Ontario an rn who is in the biggest union in the province starts at $33 Canadian which is about $25 American. It goes up to $46. But if you're charge nurse or have shift premiums an RN can make $50 an hour at the cap. Like anything in Canada, the quality of treatment can depend on where you live. If you're in a rural setting it can be difficult to access mental health or addictions treatment. If you're in a large city like Toronto you have a lot of resources but also a lot of sick people that need access to those resources. I work at the largest mental health facility in Toronto and I believe the county. It's not perfect but I believe the patient's are treated very well and receive a high level of care. But like any large city we have a large homeless population who use the systems emergency rooms like a family doctor. Unfortunately they often don't have other options and until we can figure out a better way, that's where we're at. I'd have to imagine that an ED like you work in sees a lot of shootings and stabbings. You see that in Canada as well, but the volume is lower. On a weekend in Toronto you might have five or ten shootings. Stacked up against a city like Chicago we're pretty safe. Any time I've been to one of our emergency rooms there is usually a security presence and often police. Violence against doctors and nurses happens and at my hospital it happens a fair bit. Usually it's a nurse getting punched or kicked but not seriously injured. But we've had people who've been beaten so badly they're unable to return to work or they've suffered permanent disfigurement.
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    Nursing in Canada

    The thing with health care in Canada is it's not uniform a cross the country. The workload of a medicine nurse in Toronto may be very different from the workload in Halifax. I work in Toronto in mental health, typically I have 3-4 patients and very rarely 5. We're supposed to have a certain patient load, but stuff happens. People call in sick and we can't find a replacement, sometimes we're over census and can't discharge a patient because of their housing situation. Work place violence is an all too common occurrence in my experience and typically managements attitude is if you didn't want to be abused you wouldn't have become a nurse. And often there's no consequences for the patient. However I know one nurse who is currently persuing legal action against a patient. Pay is all over the place depending on where you work. An RN in a doctor's office can make $20 Canadian an hour whereas an RN working at the cap with shift premiums can make over $50 Canadian an hour.
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    GBC Jan2020 (supplies?)

    This might sound like odd advice, but buy yourself a big calander. It was the advice I got from a student during semester one orientation and I found it extremely helpful through the rpn program and the bscn. Put every assignment and reading per week on the calendar and hang it in a place you have to look at. Once you write it all on there you might find the number of readings and assignments overwhelming but at at least you'll have a good idea about the amount of work you have before you. Good luck. It's a tough program, but if you take it seriously and work hard you'll make it through.
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    New Nurse Feeling Overwhelmed, Terrified, and More

    My first six months on the job I was convinced I wouldn't make it and that people would realize I was a fraud. Five years later I still do sometimes. I think it's natural to feel that doubt and anxiety. Senior nurses are a great resource that you can tap into. They may make snarky comments or roll their eyes but they will usually answer your questions or help you out. You may need to put up with a bit of an attitude from them but they can help. Have you considered speaking with your manager about getting additional orientation shifts? Or getting in contact with the nurse educator for support? As a new nurse you're going to make mistakes, you're not going to know everything. And in the end this job may not be for you. Try to learn as much as you can, ask questions even if they make you feel uncomfortable and show up with an open mind and a good attitude. It might sound like fluff but people can tell when their coworkers are trying and aren't quite there yet. In the end of you decide to change careers it might feel disappointing but nursing isn't for everyone. There's also non bedside jobs as an option.
  7. GBC_Student

    How long did you study before writing CPNRE

    I studied every day, 12 hours a day, for three weeks before writing and passing my first time.
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    What pathway should I take?

    Right, but my post is about what the Ontario Nurses Association pay rate is like. As you're using the professional designation LPN instead of RPN I'm going to assume you're not working in Ontario.
  9. GBC_Student

    What pathway should I take?

    Sure, if you hit the 25 year cap in Ontario , work over time, or work in northern Ontario you can make more than $88,000 per year.
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    What pathway should I take?

    In the short term you will make less money, even if that short term is five years. An RN working full-time at the cap makes about $88,000 per year. It's going to be lean in the lead up but once you finish and find an RN job you'll more than make up for your lost wages. You may feel like you're not pulling your weight in your relationship when it comes to money but I think it's important to consider it an investment in your both your futures. And the sooner you get started the more money you'll be able to earn as a nurse. If you put it off for five or ten years you'll have more responsibilities and likely higher expenses.
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    What's something you never expected as a male nurse?

    I never expected the amount of casual sexism that comes my way as a man in nursing. Nursing teachers, students, preceptors, managers, floor nurses. It's never ending. When I first started as a nursing student I was astounded by the ridiculous things that came out of seemingly educated women. Now I understand just how ignorant some people can be and it doesn't bother me to nearly the same extent.
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    Long term care vs Hospital

    I think you made a smart choice. I know LTC doesn't seem glamorous but there's a lot you can learn and as a new grad that first job can be tough to come by.
  13. Nope we're unionized. But our nursing resource team can't always keep up with demand which is when we go to an outside agency.
  14. It depends on the agency. I work in a Toronto hospital and the agency we have come in apparently makes $25-30 for an rpn and $35-39 for an rn. We have an internal nursing resource team but still use agency nurses in a pinch. At my hospital they will send agency nurses to our unit for orientation shifts before they start coming for regular shifts, but if they have a nurse who isn't trained on our unit and we have no one else we'll take whoever we can get whether they've orientated or not.
  15. GBC_Student

    Seneca RPN - Clinical 520

    George Brown had one when I finished the rpn back in 2013. You had to get 60%. Most people failed it the first time.
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    Yukon outpost nursing

    Thanks so much for the info. I'd love to go for a year and do something very different than I'm used to. Just gotta convince the wife.

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