1. Hey, third year nursing transfer student here! Nursing has some pretty specific requirements to transfer into it. You can find this info on the u of c website but the basics are you can only transfer into the second year of the program. They consider admission based on the GPA of 10 courses (or 30 credits). There are 5 required courses you must have taken to transfer: two anatomy and physiology courses, one statistics course, one English/academic writing course, and one arts/humanities course. They take your GPA from those 5 courses and 5 other of the most recent courses you have finished to determine your GPA for admission. By the way the current completive transfer GPA is 3.9, anything below that and your chances of being admitted are very low.

  2. Thank you! Correct me if i’m wrong but Peds/Maternity theory are incorporated in Term 5/6 and Mental Health theory/clinical can only be taken as an option in Term 7?

  3. Actually a lot of the maternity theory we do happens in Term 4. As for peds, the theory is incorporated alongside adult theory in many of our lectures. It is not specifically taught in certain terms. Same goes for mental health, and there are also mental health placements in terms 5 and 6.

  4. How do the clinical placements usually work? Are you assigned a placement for the term and is that where you “work” for the entire semester? Thanks!

  5. Yup! Typically, you will be assigned to a specific unit/floor about 1-2 weeks before a semester starts, and that’s where you are for the entire semester. Expect for community in term 3, you are assigned a population (ex. Older adults, indigenous peoples). So you might “work” in multiple places but with the same population.

  6. I don’t think you can apply yet. Usually for winter semester the applications are open from July 1 to Sept 1

  7. I wished I had know about this earlier!

  8. The competitive GPA is lower for degree holders than it is for internal transfers. I believe last year the cutoff GPA for transfers was 3.9 and for degree holders it was 3.8. So I would finish the current undergrad.

  9. I would say it depends on the reasons you hate being a CNA. In my case I worked in a very busy and understaffed ED as a CNA, and instead went into the OR as a nurse. I’m super type A so the ED wasn’t for me, but I love my job now! Keep in mind how broad nursing is, there are so many different units and even non-bedside careers you can look into. Also management and work culture do play a large part in your experience as well. A main reason I chose the hospital I work at now was because people were actually kind, seemed happy (crazy right?), and had great retention (many nurses had been there for decades). Don’t get me wrong, healthcare is rough in general and nursing can be an incredibly physically/emotionally taxing career on its own, but it doesn’t have to be all bad.

  10. Thank you so much for telling me this! It makes me feel a lot better :)

  11. I think you should pinpoint exactly what you hate about it. I hated being a CNA, but I liked being a Med Tech. I realized I just hated the showering, dressing, toileting, hoyer lifts, etc. When I was a Med tech- similar to a nurse, you’ll still help the aides with whatever they needed but that wasn’t my primary job. It’s good your getting CNA experience, I hate working with new nurses that have never been an aide. But any job within nursing is hard, demanding, and can be shitty. I went back to working as a regular CNA when I started nursing school and couldn’t do it. I did private home care my entire time I was in nursing school. I start as a nurse next week so I can officially say how it is from a nurse perspective but my best advice is to pin point what you don’t like about it.

  12. Thank you for the advice! I am currently working in long term care and I am beginning to think I just hate working in that type of setting. I am going to try looking for CNA jobs in a hospital setting because that might be more interesting to me

  13. Just tell your manager you have a private question about an issue:

  14. Thanks! That's probably the best way to go about handling this situation. Now I just have to build up some courage to talk to the manager.

  15. This happened to me one summer. One of the ways I dealt with it was that I decided to learn how to cook/bake. I would cook at least 1-2 meals every day for my family and I would try to constantly use new recipes and make new dishes. For me, it was really helpful in feeling productive because it gave me a new goal to strive for every day. I also gained a useful life skill from it.

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