Registered Nurse

Helping people heal

Registered nurses (RNs) play a key role within healthcare delivery and provide a wide variety of nursing services to patients, families, communities, and populations, while taking necessary steps to ensure their safety and well-being.

Nurses follow nursing processes and use critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making in their role as well as teaching, counseling, and advocating on behalf of patients and their families

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$39.21 to $51.46 per hour

Other benefits


Nursing degree


  • Provide nursing services within a defined scope of practice
  • Follow the nursing process
  • Observe, assess, monitor and document patient symptoms, reactions and progress
  • Administer medications and injections
  • Assist physicians during procedures
  • Work collaboratively with other nurses and healthcare practitioners
  • Provide education and information to patients, families, and caregivers

Work Collaboratively

  • Use a patient and family centred care model that involves patients, families, and caregivers in care
  • Work collaboratively with physicians, nurses, health care aides, and other healthcare practitioners
  • Work in a variety of facilities including hospitals, clinics, schools, prisons, mental health clinics, or community health

Make a Difference

  • Care for people who are sick or injured, and help them recover
  • Teach, counsel and advocate on behalf of patients
  • Promote healthy living and good health practices to improve or maintain health
  • Empower people to better take care of themselves
  • Provide expert knowledge, guidance and mentorship to nursing students and other health care workers

Grow Your Career

  • Specialize in Emergency, Operating Room, Critical Care, Addiction and Mental Health, Neurosciences, Labour and Delivery, Pediatric, Oncology, Long Term Care, or Community Health
  • Clinical nurse
  • Educator
  • Nurse practitioner
  • Head nurse
  • Healthcare management
  • Health system administration

Renal Dialysis Registered Nurse

Returning to practice?

If you have not practiced as a registered nurse within the last five (5) years, completion of the following free courses is required:

Additional Information

To learn more about a career as a registered nurse in our province visit Alberta Learning Information Services (ALIS).