Are you passionate about caring for others? Are you a people person who believes in improving the health of individuals and diverse communities, both locally and globally? Do you want to make a true difference in a hands-on way and become a leader in Canada’s health care system once out of university?

Career Options in Nursing

This list is not exhaustive but provides an idea of the options graduates have and what they have gone on to do. Some options are more directly associated with a Nursing degree than others.

  • Acute Care Nurse
  • Case Manager
  • Child Care Specialist
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Community Nurse
  • Emergency Room Nurse
  • Family Nurse
  • Fly-in Nurse
  • Fundraiser
  • Gerontologist
  • Health Care Consultant
  • Home Care Nurse
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Hospital Nurse
  • International Aid Worker
  • Medical Writer
  • Mental Health Nurse
  • Non-Profit Organization Worker
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Oncology Nurse
  • Pediatric Nurse
  • Pharmaceutical Representative
  • Pharmacist
  • Physician
  • Private Clinic Administrator
  • Private Nurse
  • Public Policy Advisor
  • Registered Nurse
  • Researcher
  • Retirement Residence Director
  • Social Worker
  • Toxicologist
  • Weight Loss Counsellor

Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.

Skills Developed through a Nursing Degree

A background in Nursing ensures that you develop the skills and mindset to tackle many different professional challenges.

Core Skills

  • An understanding of contemporary practices in and theory of nursing and medical care
  • A high degree of practical and philosophical knowledge of human care through in-class debate, laboratory and classroom simulation and clinical placements
  • The ability to conduct research according to methodological norms in nursing and modern medical research
  • The capability to critically analyze and contribute to change in the Canadian health care system

Communication, Data Gathering and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to present your thoughts clearly and intelligently in written statements and written opinion pieces
  • The ability to organize, understand and analyze sources of information and to apply novel forms of technology or new information to different professional settings and tasks
  • The capacity to critically analyze problems, think creatively and make sound decisions while considering different sides of an argument
  • The ability to explain complex ideas clearly to others and to apply complex theoretical concepts to everyday practice and professional dilemmas
  • The skills to collect various types of information, assess them, analyze and incorporate potential linkages from different fields, put them into writing and efficiently convey your message and the goal of your work

Management and Teamwork

  • The ability to interpret and analyze information presented by peers and efficiently and constructively support or challenge their proposals, theories, ideas and reports in order to achieve a project’s intended and successful end result
  • Skills enabling you to work effectively in group situations, partaking in decision-making, leading and contributing in various capacities to the ultimate success of the team and task
  • The ability to debate, persuade, mediate and present your thoughts and opinions to others, as well as the capacity to recognize and incorporate other potential solutions or applications to given problems
  • The capability to identify priorities and proper courses of action, to plan the execution of tasks and to determine and delegate responsibilities to group members to most effectively carry out projects

Professional Associations and Organizations

Knowing the industry and how to excel in it after receiving a degree are key elements of future success. University study sets up the building blocks you will need to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge in your career. Being part of a professional organization or network and gaining further insight through training are excellent ways of increasing your knowledge of the field.