I graduated in 1994 with my Registered Nurse Diploma with Honors from St.Lawrence College in Corwall,ON. During my 3 years of schooling I trained in various hospitals including the former General(public & english) & Hotel Dieu(Catholic & english)Hospitals.
Soon after my graduation my husband(an RN too) & I relocated to the USA because nursing jobs were hard to come by after the “Rae Days”. After living in the USA for over 5 years we moved back to the Ottawa area,and both of us gained FT employment in Ottawa. Then,along came baby & back to our home town of Cornwall we moved-needed babysitters…
Anyhow,my husband decided to stay working in Ottawa(job security) & I would get a job in Cornwall.Well,8 years & 3 specialties (critical care,operating & recovery room and hemo-dialysis)later,still no FT job. I have truely lost my passion for nursing since returning to my roots.I have even dropped out of University because what’s the point of continuing my studies.
I was enrolled in Health Care Administration,but guess what?All the managerial postings at Cornwall Community Hospital have advanced french as a required qualification. The solution is simple really,since the hospital has the authority to decrease the french requirement to an assest.
I’ve been an RN for 18 years & I don’t think it’s fair or equitable that because of language the only option for FT employment is an opening in my current department. I guess all the other experience & education I possess count for nothing. Most days now I wish we never came back to Canada because my country really isn’t a democracy.
What kind of opportunities will my kids have when they are enrolled in french immersion program & chances are they will not understand french enough to pass this exam designed for franchophones. Our community,our patients,our families derserve better.Representation by population=fairness & equality for all .
Debbie Cameron RN
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