Saint-Hyacinthe - QC
Job Description: Nurse
A nurse is a healthcare provider who supports and assists physicians in the treatment and care of patients. There are different types of nurses, including Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses and Nurse Practitioners. A nurse can be employed in hospitals, emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, clinics and other healthcare facilities. A nurse may provide prescribed care to a large number of patients in a hospital or to an individual in private home healthcare settings.
5 Requirements To Be A Nurse
- Complete either an accredited diploma or a degree program
- Conduct additional training for a specific area of healthcare
- Follow specific instructions, guidelines and regulations
- Physically able to move for long periods of the day
- Have strong organizational and interpersonal skills
What Does A Nurse Do ?
Nurses can have dramatically different responsibilities depending on the type of nurse and their specialized area of healthcare. Nurses can work in a hospital and be responsible for the constant care of a large number of patients in addition to administrative duties. Nurses can also provide healthcare to a single patient in their home or an assisted living facility. Specific duties can vary dramatically with the type of care required changes.
- Perform tests to identify patient needs, including taking temperate, pulse, blood pressure and more
- Complete questionnaires with patients and gather accurate medical information
- Assist physicians and healthcare specialists perform exams, surgeries and other procedures
- Monitor patients and provide both regular and urgent care as needed
- Apply dressings, insert IVs, give needles and provide other medications
- Teach patients and family members proper follow-up care techniques
- Follow all rules and safety regulations and maintain a sterile environment
- Comfort and support patients experiencing serious health issues
How To Become A Nurse
Registered nurses must at minimum complete a nursing program at an accredited university or college. A Bachelor’s of Science or a Master’s with a focus on nursing is not a requirement for all jobs but will be a strong asset. Upon graduation, they must be certified and complete an examination by the regulatory body of their province or territory, such as the College of Nurses of Ontario, in order to be officially registered. This includes educational training, practical experience, the RN Jurisprudence Examination and any and all other requirements specific to their jurisdiction.
Sectors Recruiting For A Nurse
Registered nurses are recruited by healthcare facilities in the public and private healthcare sectors.
Career Outlook For A Nurse
The long-term employment outlook for registered nurses is considered good across the country. Over the next 10 years, there is predicted to be a labour shortage among registered nurses, with the number of people looking to enter the profession being fewer than the number of available job roles. This means that there will be opportunities for qualified job seekers looking to start a career as a registered nurse.
Where Does A Nurse Work
A registered nurse works in hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, care facilities, nursing homes, rehabilitation centres and healthcare facilities, where they assist doctors and provide direct care to patients under the direction of a physician.
Related Job Titles
According to the CNP code (national classification of occupations), here are the additional titles for a registered nurse:
- Emergency care nurse
- Public health nurse
- Community health nurse
- Critical care nurse
- Clinical nurse
- Occupational health nurse
- Nursing consultant
- Nurse researcher
Companies Recruiting For A Nurse
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