Registered Nursing Assistants (RNAs) 


Licensed practical nurses provide nursing care for individuals, usually under the direction of medical practitioners, registered nurses or other health team members. They may provide direct nursing services including a wide range of nursing interventions such as checking vital signs, changing sterile dressings, and teaching patients.


Work: Registered nursing assistants may prepare and administer medication, monitor established intravenous therapy, and use various techniques to assist patients.

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

Degrees associated with this career: Diploma

Requirements: To be a licensed practical nurse, you must finish a vocational college or other approved program for licensed practical nurses. You need registration in all provinces and territories and must complete the Canadian Practical Nurse Registration Examination in all provinces and territories (except Quebec). Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.

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