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Registered Nurse (RN)

A Registered Nurse (RN) directly cares for individuals, families, groups, communities to be healthy and well. A Registered Nurse will coordinate patient care as part of a team with physicians and other health providers.

What do Registered Nurses do?

  • Assess physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health needs
  • Coordinate and supervise the patient’s plan of care
  • Prevent or treat injury and illness
  • Develop and deliver health education programs
  • Provide treatments, medications and perform procedures ie. Wound dressing changes, administer medications
  • Promote, maintain, or restore health
  • Teach nursing theory and practice

Where do Registered Nurses work?

Registered Nurses work in nearly every corner of AHS. Many have specialized skills and work in a specific department (eg: critical care, health promotion, or cancer care). While most deliver patient care, many Registered Nurses can be found in clinical practice, administration, education, and research.

Settings include:

  • Health Clinics
  • Hospital or health care centre
  • Doctor’s offices
  • Home care
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Community
  • Schools

Registered Nurses at AHS

There are over 26,000 RNs employed by Alberta health Services. Nurses (RNs, RPNs, LPNs and NPs combined) are the largest clinical profession, representing over half of the clinical workforce.

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What are the credentials for a Registered Nurse?

  • A Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BScN)
  • Passed the Canadian Registered Nurse Examination (CRNE)
  • Members of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA)

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