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Nursing offers men and women a wide range of opportunities for careerchallenges, travel, professional development and the personalsatisfaction of working in a caring profession that helps people getwell or stay healthy.

Nursing offers men and women a wide range of opportunities for career challenges, travel, professional development and the personal satisfaction of working in a caring profession that helps people get well or stay healthy.

What kind of education do you need? In the Atlantic provinces, Ontario, Saskatchewan and B,C., new graduates are required to have a baccalaureate degree in nursing as their initial program. In all other provinces and territories, candidates have a choice of a diploma or a baccalaureate degree in nursing as their initial program.

For more information about nursing programs, visit the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing at casn.ca or the Association of Community Colleges of Canada at accc.ca.

Nursing week

• “Canada’s registered nurses are over a quarter of a million strong,” says Judith Shamian, president of the Canadian Nurses Association. “They are involved in every aspect of our health system —research, patient advocacy, health policy and administration, public health, prevention and management of chronic disease, rehabilitation and recovery, and, of course, the special kind of direct clinical care for which we are known best.”

• National Nursing Week is held during the second week of May every year to celebrate Canadian nurses and their dedication to patient care and the health-care system. The purpose is to remind everyone of the many ways nurses contribute to the well-being of Canadians.

• May 12, which is Florence Nightingale’s birthday, was designated International Nurses Day in 1971. Nightingale was a celebrated English nurse known for her pioneering efforts to reform the British military health system. May 12 is also recognized as Canada Health Day. metro

 
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