Learn more about what a nurse does, employment prospects in Ontario and the rewards of choosing a nursing career.
Nursing is a great career for men and women with a caring nature. Nurses restore, maintain and advance the health of individuals, groups and entire communities. They provide direct nursing care, which may include working with physicians to perform examinations, delivering treatment as prescribed by a physician, and in some cases administer medications. Nurses often monitor and assess a patient’s condition and play a key role in a patient’s rehabilitation. Nurses also plan and deliver health programs for groups or communities.
In Ontario, there are registered practical nurses (RPNs), registered nurses (RNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs). These categories reflect different levels of education and responsibility. Nurse practitioners have advanced training and may in some instances diagnose, order tests and prescribe certain medications.
Nurses can practise in a wide range of settings, which provides them with lots of flexibility in terms of work environment. Settings include: hospitals, physicians’ offices, clinics, long-term care facilities, schools, homes, poison control centres, rehabilitation centres, military bases, factories and the government.
Job prospects for nurses are excellent. Ontario is facing a nursing shortage because baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) are starting to retire, the population is aging, more services are being delivered to patients at home, in the community and there is increased emphasis on illness prevention. Nurses can find available positions by searching HFOJobs.
A nurse’s job provides many rewards, including:
Learn more about becoming a nurse.