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Registered Nurse

Registered Nurses (RNs) are highly skilled healthcare professionals who play a crucial role in the elder care sector. They provide a wide range of nursing services aimed at promoting, maintaining, and restoring the health of older adults while preventing illness and injury. RNs practice both independently and in collaboration with other healthcare team members within the RN Scope of Practice.

In seniors care, Registered Nurses provide a combination of hands-on nursing care to residents and clients while also acting in leadership and supervisory roles to other members of the interdisciplinary team. RNs are responsible for conducting comprehensive assessments, developing care plans, administering medications and treatments, and monitoring the overall health and well-being of older adults. They also act as a resource to other healthcare professionals and provide guidance and support to Health Care Assistants and Licensed Practical Nurses.

To become an RN in the elder care sector, individuals must successfully complete a BCCNM-recognized RN education program and meet BCCNM registration requirements. This program provides in-depth theoretical and practical training in nursing skills and knowledge, as well as leadership and collaboration skills. RNs must also be licensed to practice in their respective provinces or territories.

In summary, RNs play a critical role in the elder care sector by providing high-quality nursing care and acting as leaders and supervisors to other members of the interdisciplinary team. It is a challenging and rewarding career for individuals who are passionate about helping others and committed to providing the best possible care to older adults

Quick facts about Registered Nurses

  • Education: Four-year Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Program (or demonstrated international equivalent)
  • Certification Required: Must be licensed with the BC College of Nurses and Midwives.
  • English: An advanced level of English is required, usually Gr. 12 English or Canadian Language Benchmark 9-10
  • Pay: $$ – $$$
    Most RNs in seniors care earn between $36 – $47 per hour, or $85,000 annual salary.
  • Job Opportunities: ★★★
    RNs are considered a high opportunity occupation, with the BC’s Labour Market Outlook projecting over 22,000 job openings over the next 10 years. 
  • Sample job description: Coming soon.

Helpful Resources

There are many helpful resources to start your career  in support services in B.C.’s seniors care sector. Here are just a few:

  • BC College of Nurses and Midwives
    The BCCNM is the regulatory body responsible for licensing nurses, including RNs, in British Columbia. You can learn more about education requirements and the pathways to licensure on their website. A full list of RN educational programs can be found here and you can apply to have your international credentials assessed via the Nursing Community Assessment Service.
  • NursingJobs
    The Government of British Columbia is working to make getting licensed and finding meaningful employment easier for internationally educated nurses (IENs). You can find information about career navigation, financial supports and more at nursingjobs.ca.
  • Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants – Health
    The Career Paths program is a government subsidized resource that helps internationally educated health care professionals achieve their licensure or registration in British Columbia, including becoming registered as a Health Care Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse.
  • Facilitating Access to Skilled Talent (FAST)
    The FAST (Facilitating Access to Skilled Talent) Program helps immigrants and newcomers to launch their careers in Canada through self-paced, online employment preparation and competency assessment tools developed in partnership with Canadian employers. Take the FAST occupational assessment for Recreation Assistants today to learn how your skills compare to employer expectations.

Frequently Asked Questions

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