Registered Nurse (RN)

Registered nurses provide direct health care services to the patients. They also co-ordinate the care of the patients in a hospital/clinic setting. They need to assess, observe, follow-up, the conditions of the patients and take immediate care as well as report to the physician in charge. Often, they work with a n interdisciplinary team to plan, implement, co-ordinate and evaluate patient care in consultation with patients and their families. They also teach and counsel patients and their attendants health-related issues in collaboration with other health care providers.

Registered nurses monitor, assess, address, document and report symptoms and changes in patients’ conditions. They administer medications and treatments as prescribed by physicians or according to establish policies and protocols.

They assist surgeons in operations and other procedures and also perform themselves minor procedures.

Salary Range


Hourly Wage


Minimum Education

Bachelor’s Degree

Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012)
  1. Bachelor’s degree with the following prerequisites: 3 credits in English, Statistics, Arts courses at high school level or above; 6 credits in anatomy and physiology
  2. For IMGs, IELTS Academic overall score of 7
$80,129 per year or $42.88 per hour
Medium Employment outlook is mostly good across provinces. More information is available here.
Advancing to supervisor or administrator may require a master’s degree in nursing or a related field. Registered nurses may also become nurse practitioners (NPs).
0-2 years of experience is required
Usually a 4-year nursing program is required and available at many Canadian universities. However, some universities offers fast-track/accelerated track program in 2 years who have already completed Anatomy/Physiology and Statistics courses. For examples: University of Calgary, McMaster University, University of Saskatchewan, etc.
Problem-solving skills; emotional resilience; decision-making skills; ability to take initiative; communication skills
Step #1. You will need a post-secondary education. Complete 4-year courses as or two years long fast-track program. Step #2. You need to apply to the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) directly for assessment Step #3. If you pass, you must meet four other requirements in order to be “registered” by a provincial or territorial nursing regulatory body in Canada. Step #4. Evolve your competencies Or, one can become a registered practical nurse (RPN)/licensed practical nurse (LPN) after completing two years diploma and then become RN with further education and experience.