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Become a Registered Nurse

Registered nurses (RN) and nurse practitioners (NP) are strong, resilient individuals who play a critical role in our health-care system and in our communities. There is a wide range of nursing positions, and some may surprise you. Whether you’re providing critical care 30,000 feet in the air, managing care at a nursing home or working as a nurse practitioner as part of a primary health care team, every day is a new challenge.

Every day is a new adventure.

Do you have what it takes?

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a registered nurse or nurse practitioner? We asked RNs and NPs why they pursued this career, and what they do – mental health nursing to extra-mural to long-term care, the opportunities to reinvent your career in this profession are endless.

Nursing FAQs

The Canadian Nurses Association defines Registered Nurses as “self-regulated healthcare professionals who work autonomously and in collaboration with others to enable individuals, families, groups, communities and populations to achieve their optimal levels of health. At all stages of life, in situations of health, illness, injury and disability, RNs deliver direct healthcare services, coordinate care and support clients in managing their own health. RNs contribute to the healthcare system through their leadership across a wide range of settings in practice, education, administration, research and policy” (CNA, 2015).

The Canadian Nurses Association defines Nurse Practitioners as “registered nurses with additional educational preparation and experience who possess and demonstrate the competencies to autonomously diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic tests, prescribe pharmaceuticals and perform specific procedures within their legislated scope of practice” (CNA, 2006).

To become a registered nurse, a baccalaureate degree in nursing is required. The University of New Brunswick and the Université de Moncton offer baccalaureate degrees in nursing at seven delivery sites throughout the province. For more information, click here.

To become a nurse practitioner, the masters of nursing program must be completed either over a 2-year (full-time) or 4-year (part-time) period. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3, provide three references (at least one academic reference) and have a written statement of professional interests and career goals. The masters of nursing program is offered through the University of New Brunswick and the Université de Moncton. For more information, click here.

Registered nurses play a vital role throughout all departments of the hospital, but the opportunities as an RN expand far beyond the hospital. RNs can work in: long-term care homes, community clinics, air ambulance, independent practices, workplaces, extra mural programs, addiction services, public health, correctional services, rehabilitation, veteran’s units, schools, colleges and universities, research institutes, government agencies and departments among many others (CNA, 2015).

If you’ve trained and worked as a registered nurse in another country, please visit the Nurses Association of New Brunswick’s Entry-Level Competencies and Requisite Skills & Abilities resources for more information.

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is an advance practice nurse who has completed master’s level university degree and has advanced knowledge and clinical expertise to diagnose, treat, and manage disease or illness. NPs prescribe medications, order/interpret laboratory/ diagnostic tests, and refer to specialists when needed. NPs do not work under the direction of a physician but work in collaboration with physicians and other healthcare team members such as dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, etc. NPs provide comprehensive clinical care that blends the practice of medicine with the practice of nursing.For more information, click here.

The New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU) is a bilingual labour organization of approximately 6,900 members employed in various healthcare facilities throughout the province of New Brunswick. NBNU is dedicated to upholding and promoting the economic, social and professional interests of its members.

The role of NBNU is to:

  • advance, as a labour organization, the economic, social and general welfare of members and potential members;
  • negotiate the best collective agreements achievable between nurses and the employer, as well as enforcing the agreement;
  • achieving appropriate working conditions and promote high professional standards of practice so that nurses can provide the best attainable patient care;
  • represent nurses, providing education and influencing legislation; and
  • work, as needed, with NANB on various projects which further the position of nurses as a whole.

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NBNU and NANB operate independently and have distinct responsibilities. Both groups, however, function with a similar structure:

  • Each has a governing body to set policy.
  • Each has office staff and committees made up of members to carry out the direction of the governing body.
  • In both cases, the members themselves control the direction of the bodies by electing members to a board of directors.