10 Different Types of Nursing Jobs
By Mark Swartz
Monster Senior Contributing Writer
Who hasn’t at one point come into contact with a nurse? There are over 360,000 of them regulated to work in Canada. If you’ve had to visit a hospital, get homecare after an accident or illness, visit a medical clinic, or call a healthcare hotline, you’ve interacted with a nurse.
"What follows is 10 types of nursing jobs commonly found on Monster.ca’s job post database:
Today’s nurses can do more than ever to help you with your healthcare. The field has traditionally been dominated by women: 94% are female, while 6% are male. They may have one of three designations, according to the work they do and the province they are in:
- Registered Nurses, commonly called RNs, exist in all provinces. An RN holds a four-year baccalaureate degree in nursing from a Canadian university or its international equivalent.
- A Nurse Practitioner (NP) holds a master’s degree or advanced diploma in nursing. All provinces and territories require these RNs to register with a regulatory body
- Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) hold two-year practical nursing diplomas from accredited colleges. They must also complete the national licensing exam before beginning a career in healthcare
Clinical Study Observer (and Interviewer) Nurse
Have you ever taken part in a clinical study for a new medication or healthcare procedure? Odds are the person looking after you is a specially trained clinical studies nurse.
Found in hospitals, post-secondary schools and travelling around to small communities, an educator nurse teaches new techniques and processes in healthcare to others.
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Geriatric and Retirement Nurse
The aged need more healthcare, more often, than younger Canadians. Fortunately geriatric nurses are uniquely qualified to deal with medical and emotional challenges of our elders.
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Intensive Care Nurse
For the seriously ill or injured, intensive care nurses can literally be life savers. They generally provide hands on care in hospitals. Some late night and weekend shift work may be required.
Mental Health, Psychiatric and Addictions Nurse
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 20% of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime. More will have a drinking, gambling or drug addiction. Nurses who are trained in these matters provide support in clinics, hospitals and schools throughout the country.
Thinking of having a home birth? You’d do well to have a nurse midwife on hand. They can help if the mom or new baby needs on the spot healthcare assistance.
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Provides comprehensive assessment of patients including diagnosing diseases, disorders and conditions. Initiates treatment including healthcare management, therapeutic interventions and prescribes medications.
Occupational Health Nurse
You’ll meet these nurses when applying for a job and have to take a pre-placement medical. They also run workplace healthcare programs. And assist if you injure yourself at work and need immediate treatment.
Oncology (Cancer) Nurse
Whether you are getting diagnosed or treated for cancer care, oncology nurses are with you every step of the way. They help you look after your health while managing the condition.
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Palliative Care Nurse
For people who need healthcare in their final stages of living, a palliative care nurse can be a blessing. They ensure that their patients endure less suffering, and maintain quality of life, as the end nears.
Do You Have What It Takes?
Nurses tend to be organized and clear headed. In emergencies they must stay calm and provide care as required. Nursing in all its different forms is not for the squeamish.
To be a nurse, it can help to have compassion for other people. You’ll be taking care of them during times when they may be highly vulnerable. Your empathy and positive attitude come into play regularly.
One other note: shift work is quite common in nursing, especially for hospital settings. Weekend work may also be required in hospitals. However this is offset by days off during the week. It can be an odd schedule if you aren’t used to it.