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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...
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? Of course, i t all depends on where you live, how much experience you have and exactly what facility or location you’re working at...
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. Salaries are...
Whether you’re a brand new nurse, a seasoned veteran or work in a hospital - there are certain nursing items that are great to always have handy. These are things that will make your shift either easier or more enjoyable which can help you focus on what matters most - caring for your patients. TOP NURSE ESSENTIALS Some of the links below are affiliate links but we only recommend products we truly stand...
Working through the holidays as a nurse is somewhat expected - and while probably not every single year -  you’re definitely going to get your fair share of holiday shifts. Whether this is a blessing (say if you’re not a holiday fan) or a curse (for example, if you have kids), working over the holidays, whether you love it or hate it, has an impact. If you tend to love the holiday season, or just the extra time off, and...
  In Canada, it’s estimated that one in five people are living with hypertension or high blood pressure. Hypertension is associated with an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney damage and heart failure. Elevated blood pressure readings are directly correlated with cardiovascular mortality as the risk of the development of cardiovascular disease doubles each 20/10 mmHg increase in blood pressure.  Given the...
In Canada, it’s estimated that 1 in 100 people are living with schizophrenia . While at first it might seem like a low number, the burden of the disease is far-reaching thus affecting more than the person who is diagnosed.  Cardinal symptoms of schizophrenia include the presence of hallucinations, delusions, social withdrawal, reduction of executive functioning, disorganized speech and the presence of mood symptoms...
The immune system is essential in the body’s ability to heal. A healthy immune system can aid in the body’s ability to heal by reducing the risk of infection. When a wound becomes infected it affects the progression of wound healing.  This  article goes over what factors affect wound infections and wound healing as well as nursing interventions to ensure optimal healing. In order to be able to understand the...
The two chronic respiratory diseases that you’ll almost definitely encounter in your practice is Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It’s estimated that over 3.8 million Canadians are living with Asthma and 2.0 million Canadians are living with COPD.  Challenges with breathing can lead to a significant reduction in physical function, exercise ability and conditioning. This leads to downstream...
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...
If you’re an RN, you’ve received a generalist nursing education and have likely been gaining general experience with various types of medical issues in your career. However, as time passes and you learn new skills and get exposed to different ailments and patients, you may realize you’d like to hone in on specific specialties of nursing. There are numerous nursing specialties in Canada and practice areas that RNs can...
Depression in the elderly population (occurring in patients who are 60 years and older) although quite common -  doesn't mean it’s normal. Most elderly that suffer depression often don't receive treatment.  This is mainly due to how symptoms of depression present themselves in the elderly. Symptoms can be masked by the effects of cognitive defects, multiple diseases, and the mediation to treat them .  Depression can...
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