Nurses are in demand in Canada and nursing graduates have good job opportunities.
Canada’s population is aging and more people are in need of care. By 2050, nearly one-third of the population will be over the age of 60. At the same time, experienced nurses are retiring creating openings for nurses at hospitals throughout Canada.
The Canadian Nurses Associations predicts that a staggering 60,000 nurses will be needed by 2022 in order to fill labour shortages. Nurses are highly sought in both urban and rural areas.
Registered nurses may work in a wide range of capacities, all of which are needed in Canada. These include:
* Nurse practitioners
* Nurse researchers
* Specialized nurses (burn patient, dialysis, cardiology, nephrology)
* Nurse instructors
* Psychiatric nurses
* Nurse technicians
According to the government, nurses make on average $51,000 annually. However, according to the Ontario Nurse’s Association, a career nurse in the province can make more than $80,000. Canada Business Magazine puts the median salary for nurses at $72,800. Nurses who go on to management positions in their field may top even this, with payscale.com showing clinical nursing manager salaries in Canada at over $105,000.
A registered nurse requires a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or a Bachelor of Nursing degree, which are typically four-year programs. A diploma in practical nursing can be obtained within two years through a college, but practical nurses are limited in terms of the patients they can work with. Upgrading to a nursing degree is possible through another two-year program.