Starting Your Career

CONGRATULATIONS on choosing a career in registered nursing!

When people think of registered nurses, words like “caring” and “compassionate” often come to mind. Nurses are known for their innate and unique qualities -- qualities that cannot be learned in a classroom. However, registered nursing is also a science. 

The knowledge and skills registered nurses possess have been acquired through extensive education and clinical experience, and truly do make the difference in life or death situations.

Your career as a Registered Nurse (RN), Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN), or Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) (RN(NP)) will be challenging, rewarding and empowering. The nursing profession is dynamic, innovative and stimulating. Few professions offer as many choices of where to work or areas of specialization. You have chosen a career with possibilities around the world.

As providers of expert care in our public health care system, every day registered nurses make a real difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities. The over 10,000 SUN members are honoured to stand beside you and guide you through this journey as you begin your career. 

Download our quick resource guide to assist you in starting your career following graduation.

FAST FACTS - For Starting Your Career as a Registered Nurse