Starting Your Career

CONGRATULATIONS on choosing a career in registered nursing!!

When people think of registered nurses, words like “caring” and “compassion” are often the first things that come to mind. There is no arguing there are those innate and unique qualities that cannot be taught, but what many people forget or are unaware of is that 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 give you as many choices of where to work, or areas to specialize in. You have chosen a career that can offer you infinite possibilities around the world.

As providers of expert care in our public health care system, each and every day registered nurses are able to make a real difference in the lives of individuals, families and the communities we live in. 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