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  1. hellohobbit

    Northern Nursing

    AHS is hiring northern nursing now. They’re advertising everywhere. I’m sure with your ER and ICU experience, you’re the perfect candidate. I’m very keen in joining doctors without border since one mission is about 4-6 months. I’m new grad currently working in ER and hope eventually I can gain some ICU experience. Just wondering if it’s easy to switch from ER to ICU and how years did you stay with ER before the switch? Thanks!
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    Dear Alberta nurses...

    Dear nurses, I need your help again! Haven't had much success in jobs in Edmonton but here in my current city, I have two job offers (both PPT) right now and I am having a hard time deciding which to take. One is emergency and the other one is PACU with employer sponsered ICU course. I am still keen to get a job in Edmonton eventually, so in your opinion, which of these two jobs will let me gain as much skills as possible and make me more desirable for my next potential employer? Long term wise I still prefer hospital setting. FYI I am a recent graduate with just 4 months of medsurg experience. Thanks again!
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    Dear Alberta nurses...

    Dear nurses, thanks for your insight, and to be honest, after reading your responses I have become somewhat discouraged and it seems a very daunting task to get a job in Edmonton. However I am very eager to rejoin my husband as we have already been seperated for a few years. Could you please offer some advice on what I could do to increase my chances besides just blindly applying for almost every posting that I see? I can't see myself just applying and nothing happening for another year or even two. I am quite lost as to what's the next step, perhaps give up and just stay in my current province...
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    Dear Alberta nurses...

    There's so many job postings online and I don't even know if those postings are legit? Also do you think gaining emergency experience will help me in my application or should I stick with medsurg?
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    Dear Alberta nurses...

    Dear Alberta nurses! I need your advice. I have been looking for a job at downtown Edmonton (preferably) since nursing school. Now I've graduated and had a few months of medsurg floating pool experience at a reputable downtown hospital in my province. I'm in the process of transferring my license to AB and applying to jobs in the meanwhile. I've applied to almost everything online but heard nothing back so far. Maybe because it's only been two weeks? but I really want to move back home to Edmonton ASAP *homesick* Now miraculously I just received an offer from Emergency in my province and I'm just wondering if my chance to be hired by AHS/Covenant Health will be increased if I take this ED job? Should I take this ED job or stay with medsurg floating pool? Any advice will be appreciated, I just want to find a job in Edmonton and be back home
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    Nurse to Pt ratio

    Hello friends! Just wondering what's the nurse to patient ratio in hospital particularly medsurg and PACU unit. For medsurg, I know it's normal for nurses to get 4/5 pt during day, and 5/6 and sometimes even 7 at night in Toronto. Some hospitals have Personal Care Assistants (PCA) while some don't. For PACU, it's about one nurse to two patients and no PCA. Just wondering how's the situation in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver?
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    Alberta vs BC nursing job prospects 2018

    Hi! I'm from ON but I'm actively applying to AHS right now and I'm getting two interviews from AHS one from downtown Edmonton hospital surgical floor and one is about an hour away from Edmonton. I applied to downtown BC hospitals as well and they all got back to me. I'm also offered a FT position at a downtown TO hospital. So just keep applying and there's nothing impossible for a new grad! I'm getting too many interviews and I have to cancel some so don't be discouraged!
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    Interview Qns need advice :)

    For sure, would love to share my thinking process and please point out if it doesn't make sense! 1) Family came to you at the nursing station and informed you that the pt is having SOB. The pt was fine this morning. What are you going to do? (also, I was not sure when do you start calling the doctor about this?) I'll ask the family what other symptoms is the pt displaying. I'll grab the VS machine and once I'm inside the room, I'll put the pt at high Fowler's position, check oxygen, ask PQRSTU for the SOB/chest pain. I'll reposition the pt and after All these interventions don't work. With the assessment, I'll report to the doctor. But I think I'll double assess the pt before reporting but within half an hour. I'll report to the doctor right away if there's chest pain and anticipate orders for ECG and blood work or O2 sat is below 92%. I'll also provide 2L of Oxygen right away if it's around 92%. Anything else am I missing? 2) A confused pt is becoming more agitated and started to pull out IV. What are you going to do? Determine the root causes of agitation such as sundowning/pain/soiled brief/thirsty/hungry etc. put the bed at lowest height, 3 side rails up, bed alarm on. If bed alarm activated more than three times, I'll tell the charge nurse to request for a sitter to sit with the pt. The last resort is restrains. 3) Why is it beneficial for the nursing float team (med/surg) to hire new graduate nurses instead of using agency staff/overtime? *NOT asking why it's beneficial for the new grad nurses no idea at all lol
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    Interview Qns need advice :)

    Hello fellow nurses! I am a nursing student and would like to have your real life experience when answering these interview questions. I googled these questions but I felt it's still missing something. Hope you can provide me with some insights! It'll be perfect if you could list down the steps for each scenario with some rationale behind. Much appreciated! 1) Family came to you at the nursing station and informed you that the pt is having SOB. The pt was fine this morning. What are you going to do? (also, I was not sure when do you start calling the doctor about this?) 2) A confused pt is becoming more agitated and started to pull out IV. What are you going to do? 3) Why is it beneficial for the nursing float team (med/surg) to hire new graduate nurses instead of using agency staff/overtime? *NOT asking why it's beneficial for the new grad nurses
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    All about AHS & Covenant

    Excellent points! I've never thought about this before. Now I can see a bigger picture of what's going on and the roots of the problems. It sounds like the situation isn't going to get any better any time soon. I guess it's better for me to stay put in Toronto or move to BC then. Very disappointing that I can't move back to my family and bf, but also glad that I didn't do nursing in AB because I'll be probably be jobless after graduation and have to relocate to another provinence. Just when I thought Toronto's job market is hard to crack in, AB is not even hiring :'(
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    All about AHS & Covenant

    wow 50% is a lot! I know downtown Toronto hospital use about 1/2 float nurse per unit. Just wondering how did you apply for float team in AHS/Covenant? I've never seen such posting on the website before. In many Toronto hospitals, after working as a float nurse for about a year, you can apply for funding for critical care courses and training etc (most likely you'll get it) and you can start floating to ICU. Is this the same in Alberta?
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    All about AHS & Covenant

    Thanks guys for all your insightful comments! It's just a very frustrating that years ago everyone was telling me AHS was hiring a lot nurses and now it's totally a whole new story UGHH. One thing I still don't really get it is that why an organization is more willing to pay the regular staff overtime rather than hiring cheaper new grads? From my understanding, overtime gets more $ so it'll be more expensive to have them work overtime. On the other hand, new grads are cheaper labor $33/hr vs. an experienced nurse $40++/hour. It just don't make sense? enlighten me please.
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    All about AHS & Covenant

    Hello again! So long story short, I'm almost done school and currently applying for jobs in Ontario, BC, and AB. My goal is to move back home to AB. Ontario and BC hospitals have already contacted me for interviews but nothing from AHS. I've applied to almost 90% of jobs on AHS and Covenant including Long Term Care and rural areas (3-7 hrs away from Edmonton) and nothing! My CV is too bad for a new grad since I've a few interviews lining up but WHY nothing from Alberta? My question is what is REALLY going on with AHS & Covenant? Are these posts fake? I just can't believe that even the LTC didn't contact me. Also, just wondering if AHS and Covenant were already merged together? Thanks folks!
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    ON to N orthern Health B. C.

    So glad I asked you guys for advice! I'll never thought about this by myself :/ Thanks again:)
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    ON to N orthern Health B. C.

    Thanks for your insightful feedback. You definitely have a valid point there! Now I really have to think hard to go or not to go
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