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.

Average Hourly


Range Hourly

$21.23 – $48.37

Average Yearly


Range Yearly

$41,396 – $94,322

Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (3012)

Ambulatory care nurse

Bedside nurse

Burn patient care nurse

Burn victim care nurse

Cardiac surgery nurse

Cardiology nurse

Cardiology nurse technician

Casual duty nurse

Circulating nurse

Clinic nurse

Clinical nurse

Clinical nurse specialist

Community health nurse

Consultant nurse

Contagious disease transmission prevention nurse

Coronary intensive care nurse

Coronary unit nurse

Critical care nurse

Dialysis nurse

Doctor's office nurse

Emergency care nurse

Emergency nurse

First aid nurse

Float nurse

General duty nurse

General duty nurse - psychiatry

Geriatric care nurse

Geriatric nurse

Gerontology nurse

Graduate nurse

Graduate nurse - doctor's office

Graduate nurse - occupational health

Graduate nurse - physician's office

Graduate private duty nurse

Hemodialysis nurse

Home care neuroscience nurse

Home care nurse

Hospital hygiene nurse

Hospital hygienist - nursing

Hospital nurse

Independent practice - registered nurse

Industrial nurse

Infection control co-ordinator - hospital

Infection control nurse

Infection control officer - hospital

Infection control officer - medical

Infection surveillance nurse

Intensive care nurse

Intensive care unit (ICU) nurse

Liaison nurse

Medical intensive care nurse

Mental health nurse

Nephrology and kidney transplantation nurse

Nephrology and renal transplantation nurse

Nephrology nurse

Neuroscience nurse


Nurse - birthing room

Nurse consultant

Nurse counsellor

Nurse researcher

Nurse technician

Nursing adviser

Nursing consultant

Nursing counsellor

Nursing evaluator

Nursing researcher

Nursing researcher - nurse

Nursing technician

Obstetrics nurse

Occupational health nurse

Occupational health nurse consultant

Occupational medicine nurse

Office nurse

On-call nurse

Oncology nurse

Operating room (OR) nurse

Out-patient clinic nurse

Outpost nurse

Outreach nurse

Palliative care nurse

Pediatric intensive care nurse

Pediatric nurse

Perinatal care nurse

Physician's office nurse

Primary care nurse

Primary nurse

Private care nurse

Private duty nurse

Psychiatric and mental health nurse

Psychiatric nurse

Public and community health nurse

Public health nurse

Public health nurse consultant

Recovery room nurse

Red Cross nurse

Registered community health nurse

Registered industrial nurse

Registered nurse - call centre

Registered nurse - contact centre

Registered nurse - independent practice

Registered nurse - public and community health

Registered nurse - telehealth; Registered nurse (R.N.)

Registered psychiatric nurse (R.P.N.)

Registered public health nurse

Respiratory care nurse

Respiratory nurse specialist

School health nurse

School nurse

Scrub nurse

Staff nurse

Surgical intensive care nurse

Telehealth registered nurse


Triage nurse

Victoria Order nurse

Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) nurse

Visiting nurse

Ward nurse

Youth centre nurse

  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

Average hourly

Range hourly

Average yearly

Range yearly


$21.23 - $48.37


$41,396 - $94,322


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.