31301 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses



31301 – Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses provide direct nursing care to patients, deliver health education programs and provide consultative services regarding issues relevant to the practice of nursing. They are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centres, doctors' offices, clinics, community agencies, companies, private homes and public and private organizations or they may be self-employed.


Index of titles
Ambulatory care nurse
Bedside nurse
Birthing room 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
Foot care nurse
General duty nurse
General duty nurse - psychiatry
Geriatric care nurse
Geriatric nurse
Gerontology nurse
Graduate nurse
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
Industrial nurse
Infection control coordinator - hospital
Infection control nurse
Infection control officer
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 consultant
Nurse counsellor
Nurse researcher
Nurse technician
Nursing adviser
Nursing consultant
Nursing counsellor
Nursing evaluator
Nursing researcher
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


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:

General duty registered nurses
Assess patients to identify appropriate nursing interventions
Collaborate with members of an interdisciplinary health team to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate patient care in consultation with patients and their families
Administer medications and treatments as prescribed by a physician or according to established 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.

Occupational health nurses
Develop and implement employee health education programs and provide registered nursing care in private businesses and industry.

Community health nurses
Provide health education and registered nursing care in public health units and through home visits, manage complex home care cases, participate in community needs assessment and program development, conduct disease screening and deliver immunization programs.

Registered psychiatric nurses
Provide nursing care, supportive counselling and life skills programming to patients in psychiatric hospitals, mental health clinics, long-term care facilities and community-based settings.

Nursing researchers and consultants
Engaged in research activities related to nursing, as self-employed or as employed by hospitals, public and private organizations and governments
Provide consultative services to institutes, associations and health care organizations regarding issues and concerns relevant to the nursing profession and nursing practice.

Clinical nurses
Provide leadership, advice and counsel on the provision of research-based care for specific patient groups within the care of particular health care organizations.


Employment requirements
Registered nurses
Completion of a university, college or other approved registered nursing program is required.
Additional academic training or experience is required to specialize in a specific area of nursing.
A master's or doctoral degree in nursing is usually required for clinical nurse specialists, clinical nurses, nursing consultants and nursing researchers.
Registration with a regulatory body is required in all provinces and territories.
Registered psychiatric nurses
Completion of a university or college registered psychiatric nursing program is required.
Registration with a regulatory body is required in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon.


Additional information
Nurses trained exclusively as registered psychiatric nurses (RPN) are regulated in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. In all other provinces and territories, registered nurses (RN) may work as psychiatric nurses without separate registration.
Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses may progress to supervisory and managerial positions with experience.
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.


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Nursing services manager - medical services; nursing services manager - medical services (in 30010 Managers in health care)
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