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Do you recall thinking in nursing school ‘I wish we had more courses on spreadsheets, statistics, and forecasting’? Or were you, like many of us, focused on learning what you needed to know to pass the nerve-racking licensure exam and get a job? Nursing school curriculum is heavy on clinical content and schools are motivated to equip new graduates with the core competencies required to enter practice. Very few Bachelor of...
Are you employed by a hospital, clinic, or other health care facility that hires nurses ? Maybe your organization is growing and you’ve been tasked to hire some new nurses. Whether this is new territory for you or it’s been a while and you’re looking for a refresher on how to find a nurse in Canada, you’ve come to the right place.  As the Canadian Nurses Association points out, registered nurses (RNs)...
It takes a really kind, strong, and patient person to be a great nurse. On the job, you’ll often witness patients amid what could be the worst day of their lives. This requires resilience, a sense of humor, sharp instincts, and a thick skin. At the same time, nursing can be hugely rewarding and exciting as you learn and help others. Whether you’re looking for your first nursing job or seeking a new challenge in a different...
Whether you’re thinking about becoming a nurse or you’re already in the field and are looking to advance your career, there are many different types of nurses and roles to consider. There are even other related fields in healthcare that you could get into. With so many possibilities you might feel overwhelmed and not exactly sure which path to take.  We’ve outlined the different types of nurses below and the steps...
What’s the secret to working nights? Unfortunately, there’s no one trick, as it’s not a one size fits all scenario. As a night shift nurse, you’re going to have to take the time to get to know your sleep patterns so you can maximize your productivity and become the night owl you’ve always dreamt of !  In all seriousness - whether you prefer working nights or you dread sleeping during the day when everyone...
It can be challenging to find a nursing job, especially if it’s your first, but with a high-quality nursing cover letter, you can definitely stand out from the competition . To help you with this, here are some tips for writing an effective and compelling nursing cover letter, no matter what type of health care organization you’re interested in joining. Important Reminder: If you're looking for a job don't forget to ...
Head nurses supervise and coordinate nursing teams made up of registered nurses and licensed practical nurses. They are in managerial positions and are expected to work closely with upper management and doctors. If you’re looking to transition into a head nurse role you typically need to have clinical experience working as a registered nurse for at least several years , and while not mandatory, having management certifications is...
Working as a Personal Care worker (PSW) is a great opportunity for anyone interested in working in healthcare but either doesn’t have the time (or funding) to attend nursing school. It’s a great opportunity to gain experience and many PSWs go on to become licensed practical nurses or even nurse practitioners . Even if your ultimate plan is not to continue your education, working as a PSW can not only be rewarding but...
It can be challenging to find a nursing job, whether you are a recent graduate or experienced healthcare professional. In order to land an interview for the role you want you need a clear and compelling nursing resume that reflects your education, skills, and accomplishments while addressing your desired employer’s requirements . Being specific and targeted with this will help you stand out from the pool of equally qualified...
How much is a registered nurse's salary? While the answer to this question always comes down to your experience, where you’re practicing (private, public, long-term care, etc.), and whether you live in a major city or a remote town - RNs can expect to bring in anywhere from $78,000  to $80,000 annually.  Since numbers tend to fluctuate around what is the average RN salary, to help break it down we’ve compiled an...
Typically Registered Practical Nurses (or RPNs) work on the frontline, caring for a wide range of patients at all stages of life. If you live in Ontario your title is RPN but if you’re anywhere else in Canada you practice under LPN (short for licensed practical nurse). RPNs and LPNs are basically two different names for the same role. So, how much is an RPN salary in Ontario? As sources vary slightly we’ve gone ahead and...
If you’re looking for a change or new challenge in your nursing career, you may want to consider travel nursing . Maybe you’ve heard of this field and haven’t taken the time to look into it, or you know other nurses who have been enjoying it. Whatever the case may be, this mini guide is the perfect place to learn more.  We discuss what a travel nurse is, who travel nursing is best for, the benefits and salary of...