Question: Which is a better option in terms of nursing, taking LPN first or going straight to RN?
If I were to take RN path and want to specialize on something, what is the best medical field to specialize to?
Both routes are great options. It may come down to your personal situation. LPN is short in duration in comparison to RN and may provide a teaser if I may say so into the life of a nurse. The LPN role can provide some insight into whether you may want to take nursing further, take a break for a bit from the books or maybe you find your groove!
Working as a LPN is a great paying option when doing your RN. Care aid is as well. Both will provide excellent opportunities for bedside care and opportunities to experience a variety of work sites. As the LPN role is evolving every year more opportunities for specialized care are occuring too. LPNs are now part of the BC Nurses Union which may provide some additional benefits such as tranferability of seniority hours, educational grant's etc. Regulations are constantly changing so be sure to keep yourself informed of the updates. That being said too, the annual LPN and RN registration for licensing is expensive so take that cost as well when budgeting your education expenses.
The RN role is heavy on leadership and directing care. The wider your skillset and knowledge base you can draw from when providing patient care will always benefit your practice. Many RN roles are expected to work with great autonomy and more so if working in a rural or remote sites such as Northern BC.
If you have your heart set on specializing in a particular field of nursing don't become disappointed if your journey doesnt take you directly there. Many new nurses need several years of medical/ surgical background before they are considered for a specialty. It will be the toughest few years you may have. You need these opportunities to develop skills, friendships and connection with others.
As knowledgeable, fresh, eager and energetic as you are coming out of school....there is still so much to learn about your chosen art. Many new graduates of the RN program develop fantasic book and theory" smarts" but it is the development of being able to build human connection, aka your "art" which will make your nursing a passion and not just a career.
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I hope this helps some!
Question: what would you say if the most and least hands on field of medicine?
Most hands on = Physiotherapy – you are constantly manipulating peoples bodies
Least hands on = Lab Technologist – you almost never see patients face to face
Question: I heard that if you graduate medical school and come back to work in a rural community your school loans get paid off. Is there a program like that with Northern Health? If not, are there any benefits to working rural?
Answer: There are many program like this. The biggest one is student loan forgiveness if you have BC Student Loans. Aside from the loan forgiveness, practicing in Northern BC will expose you to a broader scope of medical situations. As a result you will become a better healthcare professional faster!
Question: Which field is the most successful — in terms of happiness, earnings, work/life balance, etc.,?
Answer: Difficult question to answer as this would be so specific to each person however, the Rehab professions report a lot of satisfaction with seeing their patients being more mobile after care.
· Occupational Therapist
· Speech Language Pathologist
· Rehab Assistant
Question: Does your premed course have to be 4 years or is there any that are shorter?
Answer: You do require a bachelor’s degree (4 years) for all Medical School programs
Question: Is it advised to take both Pre-Cal 12 and Calculus 12, or is Pre-Cal 12 enough
Answer: Take as many math courses and science courses as you can. The more you do the more options you have to access in post secondary education. Doing more math courses will allow you to keep up with new information that develops in your chosen field. You will need to know how to determine the veracity of a medical study papers and the statistics they show. Calculus will allow you to master the language of statistics and make you an adaptable medical professional based in sound science!
Question: What job opportunities are there in microbiology research in Prince George?
Answer: It is fairly rare for research opportunities in the northern communities of Northern Health due to our lack of Territory Care Centres (advanced specialized care). Most research roles will be in the large Canadian cities (Vancouver, Calgary etc)
Question: How does being a pharmacist in a hospital setting differ from a private business?
Answer: Hospital Pharmacists work elbow to elbow with other Physicians to tailor make medical compounds that are uniquely specific to a patient’s medical diagnosis. They are very consultative and interact with patients a lot. Retail Pharmacists (private business) are business managers first and Pharmacists second – they are highly focused on ensuring that the orders they are given are dispensed correctly and the patient consumes/takes their medical correctly. They have limited interaction with the customers of their business and focus a lot of the speed and accuracy of the pharmacy operation.
Question: Is there a summer job you would recommend to help me build skills for the medical field?
Answer: The vast majority of our positions require a diploma, certificate or degree which makes out summer job opportunities limited. However, if you are in grade 12 you may be eligible for the Health Care Career Access Program which will support you to become a Care Aides. See the below link and select the Health Care Career Access Program drop down for more information
Question: To become a doctor, what courses do I need to take during my undergraduate to get into Med School?
Answer: Most people to the Bachelors of Bioscience as it gives you a knowledge foundation and helps you with terminology. However, any science based Bachelors degree would be suitable
Question: What is the cost of Med School generally?
Answer: Some stats I have seen indicate an average of $100,000 particularly if you are living on campus
-Question: is forensic pathology less demanding time-wise than being a specialized surgeon?
Answer: I am not able to answer this question as Northern Health does not employ forensic pathologists
Question: What medical career options are available but not hospital based other than physiotherapy and occupational therapy?
Answer: There are a wide variety of careers that work in our community care and residential care facilities. Some examples are
· Primary Care Nurse
· Social Worker
· Mental Health and Addictions Clinician
· Speech Language Pathologist
· Lifeskills Worker
· Care Aide
Do medical students specialize in a certain field after or before residency?
Answer: In residency— 2 years for a family doctor, up to 7 years for specialist like internal medicine, paediatrics or nephrology.
The questions opposite are from past years Alumni graduates. Once you have finished the program and if you have a question, drop us a line and we will get a professional to answer you directly.