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Registered nurse (RN)

Registered nurses (RNs) provide treatment, counselling, and health education. They provide assessment, plan and implement care, and evaluate outcomes.

Nurses work as part of a health care team in a variety of environments, often under the supervision of a doctor. Most nurses work in hospitals. Others work in settings such as community or public health, outpatient care, nursing education, occupational health, nursing home agencies, hospice programs, schools, and student health clinics.

A registered nurse (RN) may hold either a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from a 4-year university or have completed a 2-year program at a community college. All graduates must successfully pass the Registered Nurse Licensing Examination to become licensed to practice as a professional RN. Graduation from an accredited program is a prerequisite to taking the licensing examination. A registered nurse must hold a current licence in the province in which he or she practices. Licensing requirements are managed by individual provincial nurse associations.