Nurses (RNs) 


Registered nurses provide nursing care to patients and may specialize in surgery, neurology, emergency care, intensive care, obstetrics, gerontology, or other areas of health care.


Aptitude: Calm and Control , Independent , Moderately aggressive ( controlled ) , Like people

Work: General duty registered nurses perform some or all of the following duties: , Assess patients to identify appropriate nursing interventions; Collaborate with members of an interdisciplinary health team to plan, implement, co-ordinate and evaluate patient care in consultation with patients and their families; Administer medications and treatments as prescribed by a physician or according to establish policies and protocols; Monitor, assess, address, document and report symptoms and changes in patients' conditions; Operate or monitor medical apparatus or equipment; Assist in surgery and other medical procedures; May supervise licensed practical nurses and other nursing staff; May develop and implement discharge planning process on admission of patients; May teach and counsel patients and their families on health-related issues in collaboration with other health care providers. , Registered nurses may specialize in areas such as surgery, obstetrics care, psychiatric care, critical care, pediatrics, geriatrics, community health, occupational health, emergency care, rehabilitation or oncology.

Title Examples: Intensive Care Nurse, Nurse, Nursing Consultant, Operating Room Nurse, Paediatrics Nurse, Primary Care Nurse, Public Health Consultant - Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Registered Nurse

Useful Secondary School subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Math, English

Degrees associated with this career: Certificate, Diploma, Post-diploma, Bachelor, Master

Requirements: To work in any of these nursing areas, you must have a college or university registered nursing diploma/degree. You must also obtain a provincial licence and you may need a membership in a professional association. , To be a head nurse or supervisor, you need experience as a registered nurse and may need a university degree or other studies in management or administration. , To be a specialized registered nurse, you must have additional academic training or experience. The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) offers a national certification credentialing program in 12 specialties; this program, with mandatory exam, recognizes registered nurses as specialists in their field of work. You usually need a master's or doctoral nursing degree to be a clinical nurse specialist, clinician or consultant. , Most recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 3 in 10 have an undergraduate university degree. , Most provinces will require a baccalaureate degree in registered nursing as entry to practice in the coming years.

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