Registered Nurse (RN)

The purpose of nursing regulation is to protect the public, assuring Canadians that they are receiving safe and ethical care.
Registered nurses work in a broad variety of practice settings:

  • Providing direct care
  • Providing preventive care
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Administration

Each provincial/territorial government is responsible for delivering its health care and regulating its health-care professions.

As of 2015, the 10 provincial/territorial RN regulators chose the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) as the provider of the Canadian RN entry-to-practice exam.

See also: Midwive, Registered Psychiatric Nurse