I’ve been reading your “Dear Kim” blog less than a year. I’ve contemplating to do my bridging program for RN in [province]. I procrastinated though, due to my fear of not passing the IELTS.
[My city] is such a nice place, it’s growing so fast. Sometimes, I like it. Sometimes, I don’t. I came here to Canada 5 years ago as an LPN from the Philippines. I used to be an RN back home. I am currently working in a busy floor, it’s a combination of Labour and Delivery, Postpartum Unit and Gastrointestinal Surgery. Once in a while we also get the not so very young. I have a permanent resident status and just recently submitted my citizenship application.
I love what I do, I know that I was born to be a nurse. Lately, our LPN scope of practice in Alberta has expanded. There are only 3 things an LPN in our unit can’t do. Be an Obstetrical Nurse, spike a blood bag and be a charge nurse. Other that than, LPNs do everything. However, we get paid less. Less than $20/hour. I want to be honest with you, I want more. I want to get paid more on how good I am. Does this make me a less nurse? I hope not.
I have a long history with IELTS. Back in 2007, I started taking up the test in Manila for my New Zealand application. They were requiring a band score of 7 on each modules. I took the test 9 times! You know why? Because my writing was always a band score of 6.5. So, I gave up.
Last July of 2014, I took the plunged again. I sat for IELTS exam. Even though, at the back of my mind, I should’ve taken CELBAN. My test score was L: 8.5 R: 7.5 W: 6.5 S: 7.5 Overall Band Score: 7.5. I was broken-hearted. I was 0.5 away, again.
I speak English everyday at work. I am well-read. I follow CNN newsfeed on social media and loves watching documentaries. I love travelling. I can speak with confidence and smitten anyone with my charming genuine smile, but I suck on writing.
After checking the CELBAN site that test dates and locations will be posted soon, I decided to seek your help. I promised to work hard. I borrowed all the IELTS materials I could borrow from our public library. But, I have nightmares on writing. So, could you please help me prepare for the test? I need your guidance.
Thank you for your time and I hope to talk to you soon.
First off, congratulations on your success! You have done very well for yourself.
Thank you so much for your message and the compare and contrast nature of it in comparing and contrasting the difference between an LPN and an RN. Only IENs in those positions can compare and contrast. And one of the contrasts is wage. If scope of practice for LPNs has expanded (due to a shortage of RN’s) yet the wage does not reflect the change in responsibility then no you are not a less of a nurse for knowing your value and worth! You are not less of a nurse for knowing you deserve to be paid more. But, as you know, you have to be willing to endure a lengthy, and often expensive, process to become an RN. However, as an LPN you have a lot of things going for you and your process will proceed more quickly because of what you are learning on the job. You are also making a better wage than people who are working in survival jobs, like being unlicensed as a Nurse Care Aid, Personal Care Assistant or Nursing Assistant. So there are many reasons for you to have hope and feel confident in your decision to move forward towards your RN.
Your experience with the IELTS is common. Have you seen:
You do not suck on writing! I am going to tell you what I wrote to someone else, in a situation much like yours, recently
“If what you are doing is not getting you where you want to go, change what you are doing.”