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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
LPNs work under the supervision or NPs, RNs and doctors and care for a wide range of patients - at all stages of life. As an LPN you’re likely to take vital signs, collect samples, make sure your patient is comfortable and administer any medication. So how much does an LPN make in Canada and how does it differ from the average nursing salary ?  Of course, i t all depends on where you live, how much experience you have and exactly...
The coronavirus pandemic has shifted the way many industries are working, including health care. As a nurse, you may never have considered the possibility that you can do your job remotely from home . If you want a change from bedside nursing or a medical office environment, then Telehealth in nursing may be your solution.  Using technology, Telehealth connects patients with their health care providers when they aren’t in...
Whether you’re a studying NP trying to decide where to work after graduation, or you’re already a practicing NP who’s curious of other provincial nurse practitioner salaries, this article outlines the average salary of NPs across Canada. Since sources vary slightly we’ve gone ahead and compiled a list for you with some approximate average figures to give you a better idea of what is reasonable to expect. Nursing...
If you’re interested in the exciting field of Aesthetic Nursing - It’s understandable. It‘s a growing field that can be challenging, rewarding, and lucrative! In fact, Aesthetics is one of the fastest growing nursing specialities in Canada with great job prospects . The Regulated Health Professionals role in Aesthetics is increasing in scope and complexity. Having the interest and education will facilitate both entry into...