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What’s the difference between an RPN and an RN? While they are often confused–because the differences between the two roles aren’t necessarily stark–RPN and RN are two different titles, requiring different levels of expertise and education. They even have different shift duties.  Whether you’re currently a nurse, or exploring potential education and employment opportunities in healthcare across Canada,...
When someone thinks about nurse burnout the first thing that comes to mind is taking time off and cutting back on work and indulging in self-care. Why that would be ideal - it’s not always possible to just take time off and run long baths. No workplace is stress free and working with patients is bound to have its ups and downs.  In saying that - being in a high-stress environment where you might have to make life saving...
If you're a nurse looking for a new challenge or are thinking of making the switch to nursing, becoming a Charge Nurse may be the perfect option for you. A Charge Nurse is a nursing professional who takes on additional responsibilities and duties in order to provide leadership and support to the nursing team. They play an important role in ensuring that patients receive quality care. It's a big role and one that holds with it a lot of...
Pediatric nursing is a specialized area of nursing that focuses on providing healthcare to infants, children, and adolescents under the age of 18. It can be a very rewarding career, as you are able to help care for and nurture young patients, in a variety of medical settings, during some of the most important years of their lives. If you are interested in becoming a pediatric nurse or are looking to learn more about the field in general,...
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 and various salaries ,  you might feel overwhelmed and not exactly sure which path to take.  We’ve outlined the different types...
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...