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Registered Nurses

Registered nurses provide direct nursing care to clients, 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 and adult residential facilities, rehabilitation centres, doctors’ offices, clinics, community agencies, companies, private homes, public and private organizations, or they may be self-employed. Registered nurses have a broad range of roles in New Brunswick’s healthcare system, including preparing clients and assisting surgeons during operations, assisting in childbirth and care for newborns and their families, treating injuries or illnesses, managing chronic diseases, educating clients, and participating in research activities, to name just a few.

Throughout New Brunswick, registered nurses 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 and public and private organizations. In general, the role(s) depend on the type of nursing team and the characteristics/condition(s) of the patient population.

Recruitment Incentives for Registered Nurses

There are recruitment incentives available for registered nurses who choose to practice in New Brunswick. See the latest incentives and requirements here (PDF).

Personal Characteristics and Skills

  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Good organizational skills and ability to prioritize
  • Good judgment and ability to make decisions quickly, especially in stressful situations
  • Non-judgmental, professional, and caring
  • Flexibility and enthusiasm
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to lead and work co-operatively with others
  • Maturity and self-discipline
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment

Registered nurses in New Brunswick have a variety of important roles, including but not limited to:

  • Providing direct nursing care
  • Monitoring client symptoms and evaluating reactions and progress
  • Coordinating client care activities to ensure continuity of health services
  • Providing counseling and support to patients in their self-care decisions
  • Collaborating with other members of the team regarding client treatments and examinations
  • Administering medications and treatments
  • Preparing clients and assisting surgeons during operations

The average workweek of a registered nurse can vary greatly. Registered nurses often work with other health professionals as part of a multidisciplinary team. They may work shifts that include evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.

In New Brunswick, registered nurses work in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing homes and adult residential facilities
  • Rehabilitation centres
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Clinics
  • NB Health Link program
  • Community agencies
  • Companies
  • Schools
  • Home healthcare programs and services

Licensure and certification: must be actively registered with the Nurses Association of New Brunswick (NANB) and successfully complete the Canadian Registered Nurse Exam.

Education programs offered in New Brunswick

There is also student loan forgiveness available for family doctors and nurses.