Becoming an RN in New Brunswick

RNs are self-regulated health-care professionals who work autonomously and in collaboration with others to enable individuals, families, groups, communities and populations to achieve their optimal levels of health. At all stages of life, in situations of health, illness, injury and disability, RNs deliver direct health-care services, coordinate care and support clients in managing their own health. RNs contribute to the health-care system through their leadership across a wide range of settings in practice, education, administration, research and policy.

RN practice consists of diverse yet interrelated domains of activity, including clinical practice, education, administration, research and policy. RNs with positions outside of direct client-centred care support those who provide it while bringing leadership to the health system, collaborative practice, health care planning, and patient safety and promoting system-wide efficiency and effectiveness.

RNs are prepared for safe, ethical and competent practice at the entry level when they graduate from an approved nursing education program. In New Brunswick the baccalaureate degree in nursing is the level of education required for entry to the profession. Practicing RNs can choose to pursue additional education at the master’s, doctoral and post-doctoral levels.

Education programs in NB strive to ensure that nursing students achieve the Entry-Level Competencies for Registered Nurses in New Brunswick.  To provide information to potential nursing students, guidance counsellors, admission officers, nursing faculty, disability service providers and the public about the skills and abilities required of nursing students to meet these competencies and successfully progress through a nursing education program NANB has developed a document titled  Becoming a Registered Nurse in New Brunswick: Requisite Skills and Abilities.

Information about RN practice can be found in the Canadian Nurses Association document Framework for the Practice of Registered Nurses in Canada.