Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses

(NOC 3012)

in All Health

This group includes registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and graduates of a nursing program who are awaiting registration (graduate nurses). They 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.

Job Outlook

Good

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  • Estimate Moderate growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 1175 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

Compared to: All Health

  • Estimate Strong growth employment change, 2017-2019
  • Estimate 4385 openings due to growth and retirements, 2017-2019
  • Estimate Low rate of unemployment in 2016

The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “good”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is better than average when compared to other occupations in Nova Scotia. This is a fairly large occupation in Nova Scotia, with employment around 9,950. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow moderately over the next few years, which will likely provide some additional opportunities for employment. With a large percent of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to be a key contributor to employment opportunities over the coming years. Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses most commonly work full-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common. Also, a large percentage of the workforce is self-employed, which should be an important consideration for those thinking about employment in the occupation.

The median employment income for 55% of Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses who worked full-time, year-round in 2015 was $78,116. Across all occupations in Nova Scotia, 59% of those who worked full-time year round had a median employment income of $43,600.
(Source: 2016 Census)

Hourly Pay

$21.25

Minimum

$37.00

Median

$41.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$16,039

Minimum

$64,375

Median

$89,040

Maximum

Compared to: All Health

Hourly Pay

$16.38

Minimum

$25.50

Median

$41.00

Maximum

Annual Pay

$10,740

Minimum

$43,853

Median

$88,944

Maximum

About the job

Nature of work

This group includes registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and graduates of a nursing program who are awaiting registration (graduate nurses). They 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.

Job duties

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

Sample job titles

  • critical care nurse
  • occupational health nurse
  • operating room (OR) nurse
  • pediatric nurse
  • primary care nurse
  • public and community health nurse
  • registered nurse (R.N.)
  • registered psychiatric nurse (R.P.N.)
  • staff nurse
  • Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) nurse

Skills

To practice nursing, you should have a desire to respond to the emotional, physical, and social needs of people. You should also have skills and aptitudes in the following areas: interpersonal relationships; communication; emotional stability; critical thinking; good judgement; and creativity. Good health and physical stamina may also be required.

Job 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 Nova Scotia. Registered psychiatric nurses
  • Completion of a university or college registered psychiatric nursing program is required.

Other considerations

In Nova Scotia 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.

By the numbers

Quick look

9,245

employed in 2016

75.3%

employed full-time

1.1%

self employed

94.1%
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5.9%
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46

median age

Compared to: All Health

36,515

employed in 2016

77.1%

employed full-time

10.2%

self employed

83.6%
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16.4%
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43.5

median age

Where will I likely work?

47.1%

Halifax

17.1%

Cape Breton

16.3%

Northern

10.0%

Southern

9.5%

Annapolis Valley

Compared to: All NS Occupations

47.0%

Halifax

15.6%

Northern

12.9%

Annapolis Valley

12.7%

Cape Breton

11.8%

Southern

Top Industries of Employment

94.9%

Health Care and Social Assistance

2.7%

Public Administration

0.5%

Educational Services

0.4%

Other Services

0.3%

Retail Trade

What is the age of Employment?

30.9%

45-54

24.4%

25-34

23.9%

35-44

14.3%

55-64

4.5%

15-24

2.1%

65+

Compared to: All Health

31.4%

45-54

27.6%

35-44

20.5%

55-64

15.2%

25-34

4.9%

65+

Top levels of education

49.9%

Bachelor's degree

$74,754 median annual income
33.1%

College certificate or diploma

$54,774 median annual income
7.3%

University certificate or diploma

$80,016 median annual income
3.7%

Doctorate

N/A
2.5%

Trades certificate

N/A

Compared to: All Health

39.4%

College certificate or diploma

$36,693 median annual income
27.6%

Bachelor's degree

$57,186 median annual income
7.2%

Medicine, dentistry, veterinary, optometry

$83,000 median annual income
6.9%

High school

$24,119 median annual income
5.1%

Master's degree

$87,808 median annual income

Education & training

Geriatric nurse/nursing

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares registered nurses to provide health care to aging and elderly patients. These programs include courses in geriatric primary care, geriatric diagnosis, mental health and aging, primary care management, geriatric acute and chronic illness, advanced nursing practices for geriatric patients, evidence-based nursing practice, advanced physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and pharmacotherapeutics.

Institutions providing this program

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Nurse/nursing assistant/aide and patient care assistant/aide

This program is typically offered at the trades/college level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that prepares individuals to perform routine nursing-related services to patients in hospitals or long-term care facilities, under the training and supervision of a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.

Institutions providing this program

Cape Breton Business College

315 Jamieson Street PO Box 33 Whitney Pier

Sydney, NS B1N 3B1

(902) 564-2222

Eastern College - Halifax

6940 Mumford Road, Suite 111

Halifax, NS B3L 0B7

(902) 423-3933

Success College

800 Sackville Drive

Lower Sackville, NS B4E 1R8

(902) 865-8283

Island Career Academy

721 Alexandra Street

Sydney, NS B1S 2H4

(902) 564-6112

DaVinci College of Art and Design NS Ltd.

1577 Barrington Street

Halifax, NS B3J 1Z7

(902) 429-1847

Futureworx Career College

80 Glenwood Drive

Truro, NS B2N 1P3

(902) 895-2837

Universite Sainte-Anne

Siège Social: 1695, Route 1

Pointe-de-l'Église, NS B0W 1M0

(902) 769-2114

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Nova Scotia Community College - Annapolis Valley Campus

50 Elliott Road

Lawrencetown, NS B0S 1M0

(902) 825-3491

Nova Scotia Community College - Cumberland Campus

PO Box 550, 1 Main Street

Springhill, NS B0M 1X0

(902) 597-3737

Nova Scotia Community College - Burridge Campus

372 Pleasant Street

Yarmouth, NS B5A 2L2

(902) 742-3501

Nova Scotia Community College - Kingstec Campus

236 Belcher Street

Kentville, NS B4N 0A6

(902) 678-7341

Nova Scotia Community College - Lunenburg Campus

75 High Street

Bridgewater, NS B4V 1V8

(902) 543-4608

Nova Scotia Community College - Pictou Campus & School of Fisheries

PO Box 820, 39 Acadia Avenue

Stellarton, NS B0K 1S0

(902) 752-2002

Nova Scotia Community College - Shelburne Campus

PO Box 760, 1575 Lake Road

Shelburne, NS B0T 1W0

(902) 875-8640

Nova Scotia Community College - Strait Area Campus & Nautical Institute

226 Reeves Street

Port Hawkesbury, NS B9A 2A2

(902) 625-2380

Nova Scotia Community College - Marconi Campus

PO Box 1042, 1240 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6J7

(902) 563-2450

Nova Scotia Community College - Truro Campus

36 Arthur Street

Truro, NS B2N 1X5

(902) 893-5385

Nova Scotia Community College - Waterfront Campus & Aviation Institute

80 Mawiomi Place

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 0A5

(902) 491-1100

PeopleWorx

11 Opportunity Lane

Coldbrook, NS B4R 0A5

(902) 679-2755

Nursing/registered nurse (RN, ASN, BScN, MScN)

This program is typically offered at the college or university level.

This instructional program class comprises any program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirm, or other individuals or groups. These programs include courses in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

Institutions providing this program

Dalhousie University

Office of the Registrar

Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

(902) 494-2450

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

(902) 867-2219

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300 1250 Grand Lake Road

Sydney, NS B1P 6L2

(888) 959-9995

Employment requirements & contacts

Regulations

Registered Nurse

Right to Title and Practice: This job is regulated and the job title is protected in Nova Scotia (you may not use this job title without holding a provincial licence). A licence shows that the holder has met provincial requirements and is required to work in this job.

Regulating body:
College of Registered Nurses of Nova Scotia
7071 Bayers Road, Suite 4005
Halifax, NS B3L 2C2
(800) 565-9744
(902) 491-9510

Contacts

Operating Room Nurses Association of Nova Scotia
,
Occupational Health Nurses Association of Nova Scotia
PO Box 29057
Halifax, NS B3L 4T8
Family Practice Nurses Association of Nova Scotia
, NS
Canadian Nurses Association
50 Driveway
Ottawa, ON K2P 1E2
Tel: (613) 237-2133
Fax: (613) 237-3520
Health Care Human Resource Sector Council
380 Bedford Highway
Halifax, NS B3M 2L4
Tel: (902) 461-0871
Fax: (902) 461-9572
Nova Scotia Nurses Union
30 Frazee Avenue
Dartmouth, NS B3B 1X4
Tel: (800) 469-1474
Fax: (902) 466-6935

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