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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.
Sudbury, Elliot Lake, North Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, Algo, Blind River, Capreol, Cobalt, Englehart, Espanola, Garson Junction, Haileybury, Hearst, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Kirkland Lake, Mattawa, New Liskeard, Nickel Centre, Parry Sound, Powassan, Temiskaming Shores, Thessalon, Valley East, Blezard Valley, Carol Richard Park, Connaught Hill, Dowling, Elmview, Finntown, Flake, Guilletville, Hanmer, Laurentien, Levack, Lively, McCrea Heights, Naughton, Parkwood, Pinecrest, Porcupine, Pottsville, South Porcupine, Val Caron, Val Therese
Outlook & Prospects for Registered Nurses in Northeast 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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Employment prospects for registered nurses are expected to be good in the Northeast Ontario Region in 2012-2013. According to the 2006 census, 5,500 worked in the region. In the more remote communities in Northeastern Ontario, the demand for registered nurses may be even more pronounced. Some communities have had more difficulty attracting and retaining nurses, given the demand in urban areas. Individuals who are fluent in English and French languages will have improved employment prospects.
Employment prospects for registered nurses are expected to be good in the province of Ontario in 2012-2013. There were almost 100,000 nurses in Ontario at the time of the 2006 census, an increase of more than 11,000 from the previous census. Their numbers have continued to increase to approximately 115,000 according to recent industry estimates. The provincial government has committed to a 70% full-time employment policy. While prospects for nursing are considered good, caution must be given that many of the initial hiring opportunities will be part-time. Across all economic regions in Ontario, the proportion of registered nurses aged fifty and over at the time of the 2006 census was significantly higher than for all workers. Compared to other occupations, this is a relatively large occupational group with a number of job openings occurring when workers leave or retire. Additional job openings will occur as population growth and ageing increase the need for these professionals, particularly in long-term care facilities and in home healthcare.
In 2007, the provincial government initiated a Nursing Graduate Guarantee program to connect new graduates with potential employers. This recruitment strategy, which ensures that every full-time job seeker in this field is offered employment, will attract new entrants to this profession. These New Graduate Guarantee positions are required to last for a minimum of 12 weeks and a maximum of 32 weeks.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
- More than 20 registered practical nurses receive layoff notices at the North Bay Regional Health Centre
Week of Mar 11 – Mar 15, 2013
- The Advanced Medical Institute of Canada (AMRIC) at Health Sciences North in Sudbury is establishing a Geriatrics Research Chair to study chronic disease affecting seniors. The project is expected to create 10 jobs.
Week of Jan 14 – Jan 18, 2013
Week of Dec 10 – Dec 14, 2012
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