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Nursing or Policing?

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Jul 22, 2013
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Nursing or Policing?

Hey all, I'm 27 years old and recently became a registered nurse. Aside from my BSc in Nursing, I also have a BSc in Biology. The thing is, as much as I enjoy nursing and the immense gratitude shown by patients and their families, I find myself fascinated by a career in law enforcement. I have been thinking about switching professions, but all of my friends think I'm crazy for doing so having invested so much time and money into the health sciences. Salary wise, there doesn't appear to be a 'significant' difference. And If I did end up pursuing policing, I'd want to preferably work in forensics or maybe even community outreach. If I stay in nursing, I would eventually want to move into an administrative position as I find bed-side nursing very exhausting and stressful. Do you think this is a wise decision?
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Its extreme hard to get into policing unless you know a few police officers, have the skills they are looking for, worked with trouble youth and can check off the diversity quota boxes.

As a nurse, I am assuming that you are male, you do have some of the skills and strength that the force is looking for learned from nursing.
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Just apply and see.. you always have nursing in your back pocket in case policing isn't for you...
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Nursing gives you so many opportunities policing won’t.
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raichu1 wrote:
Dec 20th, 2017 8:42 pm
Its extreme hard to get into policing unless you know a few police officers, have the skills they are looking for, worked with trouble youth and can check off the diversity quota boxes.

As a nurse, I am assuming that you are male, you do have some of the skills and strength that the force is looking for learned from nursing.
It's not that hard..I know a couple of friends who are cops and they just applied and were accepted..didn't know anybody who were cops before they joined

It's easier to get into the opp supposedly
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Go for it. You have the education that would put you towards the top of a preferred list, depending on the force. There is however, only one force in Canada that has specific requirements for such degrees, that being the R.C.M.P. I do not know what happens in P.Q. and in Ontario it is the Centre for Forensic Sciences, strictly civilian no ties to the O.P.P. or any other force.

With the R.C.M.P. you would be a civilian member, however there are some regular members that have the qualifications and have chosen to go work in the labs, however majority are civilians hired directly from the "streets".

Following is the link to the qualifications required:

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/fsis-ssji/car ... ni-eng.htm
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[OP]
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Jul 22, 2013
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Thanks everyone, I'll apply and go from there!
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Aug 15, 2017
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I can't understand why someone said getting into the police force is difficult? It isn't.

Have you thought about working for intelligence? Speaking another language fluently, however, is a must.
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raichu1 wrote:
Dec 20th, 2017 8:42 pm
Its extreme hard to get into policing unless you know a few police officers, have the skills they are looking for, worked with trouble youth and can check off the diversity quota boxes.

As a nurse, I am assuming that you are male, you do have some of the skills and strength that the force is looking for learned from nursing.
Where is it hard to become a police officer????
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TheSpandexSuplex wrote:
Dec 21st, 2017 4:58 pm
I can't understand why someone said getting into the police force is difficult? It isn't.

Have you thought about working for intelligence? Speaking another language fluently, however, is a must.
I looked into it a while ago, and I noticed that CSIS only hires people with computer science backgrounds. Has this changed recently?
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clseea wrote:
Dec 21st, 2017 5:49 pm
Where is it hard to become a police officer????
Many apply, few are chosen.
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raichu1 wrote:
Dec 21st, 2017 7:24 pm
Many apply, few are chosen.
Doesn't mean it's hard...lots of unqualified applicants just like any other job
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raichu1 wrote:
Dec 21st, 2017 7:24 pm
Many apply, few are chosen.
Ohhhhh that makes it clearer
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FredPerry wrote:
Dec 21st, 2017 8:37 pm
Doesn't mean it's hard...lots of unqualified applicants just like any other job
The req are low compare to other jobs but with the flood of apps they can be extremely picky.
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clseea wrote:
Dec 21st, 2017 9:00 pm
Ohhhhh that makes it clearer
esp big cities.

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