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    Operating Room RN working in Canada?

    Hey, So I am an OR RN who has worked for 3.5 yrs with my BSN, (also M.ED) but given the state of things in the US, I'm considering getting out and moving to the apartment above. I have experience mostly in Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery but I'm reasonably comfortable with Plastics, Abdominal surgery. I know that the CAN health care system is different and who knows if this would be permanent or just 4 years. I made about $90k US last year and I've heard stories about higher taxes, (still having to pay taxes in US too) but I want to know from current CAN nurses. Also that being a desired career for Canada's big population push. Comments/Concerns/Thoughts?
  2. Hi, I'm looking into applying this spring for a 16 month accelerated BSN program and i'm looking for some honest feedback. I have my BS in interdisciplinary science (neuro) and a M.Ed in secondary science curriculum. I taught HS bio and physics for 4 years before becoming sick of admin and parents and appeasing their idea of how special their student was. So I took a career advising class to figure out what I could do next that gave me a personality assessment/interest inventory. Nursing came up in the top 3. When I was in college I worked p/t at a Physical therapy outpatient office. I loved working one on one with the patients and helping them improve. It gave my day purpose. I thought loving that experience was a good indicator for being a good fit for nursing. I want to help people get well. I didn't have the grades for Med school so I've kinda been scrambling lately trying to figure out what to do now that Teaching fell through. Right now i'm working as a pharmacy tech, I thought it would give me some insight into meds and how they work but it's mostly just calling insurance companies and dealing with hurried customers. So I was wondering if i could get some feedback about about my fit for nursing. I've read some not so flattering forum threads around the web about how terrible/disgruntled some nurses are and that this "nursing shortage" is really just a mirage. I'm hoping that's not how a lot of people feel but it reminds me a lot of how I felt at the end of my last year of teaching. This program is going to own my life for 16 months and cost me ballpark $35k. I don't want to waste the time and money only to find out that things have gotten worse, I won't be able to get a job and then I'll be even more in debt. Thanks for your Honest input, Potential future nurse