Nurses (RNs)

(NOC 3152)


To work in any of these nursing areas, you must have a college or university registered nursing diploma/degree. You must also obtain a provincial licence and you may need a membership in a professional association.

To be a head nurse or supervisor, you need experience as a registered nurse and may need a university degree or other studies in management or administration.

To be a specialized registered nurse, you must have additional academic training or experience. The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) offers a national certification credentialing program in 12 specialties; this program, with mandatory exam, recognizes registered nurses as specialists in their field of work. You usually need a master's or doctoral nursing degree to be a clinical nurse specialist, clinician or consultant.

Most recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 3 in 10 have an undergraduate university degree.

Most provinces will require a baccalaureate degree in registered nursing as entry to practice in the coming years.

Degrees Associated with This Career


Useful Experience/Skills

Multidisciplinary teamwork
Personnel management
Committee work
Interpersonal skills
Training staff
Organizational skills
Critical thinking skills
Interest in helping people

Useful Secondary School Subjects


Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Nursing Post-diploma
Nursing Collaborative Bachelor
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Algonquin College
Ottawa, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Bachelor
Orientation to Nursing in Ontario for Nurses Post-diploma
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University of the Fraser Valley
Abbotsford, British Columbia, CA

Related Program(s):
Nursing Bachelor
Nursing (LPN Fast Track) Bachelor
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University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, CA

Related Program(s):
Nursing (Bilingual BSc in Nursing/Baccalauréat bilingue ès sciences Infirmières) Bachelor
Nursing Bachelor
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Lakehead University - Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay, Ontario, CA

Related Program(s):
Nursing (Collaborative) Bachelor
Nursing (Compressed) Bachelor
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Modified on May 17, 2012