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Where Do Nurses Work?

Registered nurses work in a broad variety of practice settings:

  • Providing direct care: RNs work in busy intensive care units and in small neighbourhood health clinics. They assess infant and toddler growth and development and promote healthy child rearing in Canada’s many northern, rural, urban and ethnic communities.
  • Providing preventive care: RNs run health and safety programs (in factories, for example) and they work with children, teenagers, adults and the elderly.
  • Research: There are RNs doing research in all areas of nursing care.
  • Teaching: RNs teach groups of clients about health care and teach other nurses about providing care.
  • Administration: RNs participate in the administration of hospitals and other practice settings. Nurses also work in provincial/territorial or federal governments.

Changes in the health-care system continue to broaden the opportunities for RNs. Whatever your interest — working with children, scientific procedures, high-tech equipment, teaching and promoting healthy practices, developing your management skills — nursing offers something for you.

Most RNs work in Canada’s publicly funded system of hospital and medical care. A minority work in the private sector and a small number of nurses are self-employed.

Can I work as a psychiatric/mental health nurse?

Yes, RNs provide psychiatric/mental health services in a variety of settings in Canada. These nurses often have additional education and may hold CNA’s certification in psychiatric and mental health nursing. Registered mental health nurses from other countries may not have the broad education required for licensure as an RN in Canada.

List Of Colleges Of Registered Psychiatric Nurses

College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba

1854 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba,
R3J 0G9

Tel: (204) 888-4841
Fax: (204) 888-8638

Registered Psychiatric Nurses Association of Saskatchewan

2055 Lorne Street
Regina, SK

Tel: (306)586-4617
Fax: (306) 586-6000

College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta

#201, 9711 - 45 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T6E 5V8

Tel: (780) 434-7666
Toll Free: 1-877-234-7666
Fax: (780) 436-4165

The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of British Columbia

307-2502 St.Johns St.
Port Moody, B.C.
V3H 2B4

Tel: (604) 931-5200
Tool Free: 1-800-565-2505
Fax: (604) 931-5277

Here are just some examples of work settings:

In The Community:


In A Hospital: