Explore Careers - Job Market Report
This unit group includes registered nurses, nurse practitioners, 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 and private homes, or they may be self-employed.
clinical nurse, community health nurse, critical care nurse, graduate nurse, intensive care nurse, nurse researcher, nursing consultant, nursing researcher, occupational health nurse, private duty nurse, registered nurse (R.N.), registered psychiatric nurse (R.P.N.).
- Assess patients to identify appropriate nursing interventions
- Collaborate with members of an interdisciplinary health team to plan, implement, co-ordinate 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.
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.
Nurse practitioners are independent care providers with a broader scope of practice relative to registered nurses.
- 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.
Outlook & Prospects for Registered Nurses in Moncton--Richibucto Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Currently the chances of qualified Registered Nurses finding employment are considered to be good in the local area.
Job opportunities in this occupation can be found in the health care and public health industries. Registered nurses are in high demand locally, as there is a shortage of nurses in the province. There are more job openings in this field than there are qualified workers to fill them. New graduates may have to work on a casual or on-call basis before finding permanent full-time employment. Some local employers report difficulty in attracting and retaining an adequate number of nurses. Nursing homes, for example, have to compete with hospitals to recruit nurses, and this can be challenging. The nursing profession is not limited to hospitals, so employee retention can be difficult, especially for casual positions in rural areas. The turnover rate in this occupation is high. There are a large number of workers in this occupation, and vacancies arise as nurses retire or take leave. The average age of nurses is going up, and this means that more and more nurses will be retiring in the next few years. The Canadian population is also aging and requires more health care services, which are most often provided by nurses. Challenges stemming from demographics and government spending are factors that have an effect on career opportunities in this field. In New Brunswick, nurse practitioners work in primary health care settings, and most job openings occur in rural areas.
Employment opportunities for Registered Nurses may vary in different communities across the province. You may want to check for specific opportunities in your community. Also, people who are able to work elsewhere may want to research the opportunities for this occupation in other areas of NB or in other provinces across the country.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Jan 21 – Jan 25, 2013
- A new daycare, Couvée de la vallée, is now open in Memramcook. This centre can welcome 28 children from newborn to 12 years old and employs four individuals.
Week of Jan 07 – Jan 11, 2013
Week of Nov 12 – Nov 16, 2012
- Federal government invests over $92,000 in Moncton Youth Residences to help local youth succeed in the job market
Week of Jul 16 – Jul 20, 2012
- Private radiology clinic opens in Moncton (available in French only)
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