Nurses are an important part of the Canadian healthcare system. They work in a variety of practice settings with clients of all ages, conditions, and abilities.

In Canada, there are three self-regulated nursing groups: registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs). Each group has its own educational requirements, scope of practice and other practice criteria set by a provincial or territorial nursing regulatory body.   RPNs are regulated only in the western provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and in the Yukon Territory.

Self Assessment Readiness Tool™ for Registered Nurses >>

In Canada, Registered Nurses (RNs) have authority within their scope of practice to work independently to deliver healthcare to their clients in many settings.  Newly licensed registered nurses have completed an undergraduate nursing degree and met the requirements of their regulatory body to obtain a nursing license. 

The Self Assessment Readiness Tool™ for Registered Nurses describes the RN practice.  It is designed to help you understand what you are required to know and do before you can work as an RN in Canada. It outlines the competencies, knowledge and skills you must have to qualify to be licensed to practise as an RN. 

This tool contains six (6) parts:

Part 1- Registered Nurses in Canada
Part 2- Professional Responsibilities of RNs
Part 3- Assessment and Registration Processes
Part 4- Living and Working in Canada
Part 5- Clinical Scenarios
Part 6- Competency Assessment

After you have completed this tool, you may find that your skills and knowledge are more similar to those of a practical nurse. Please view our Self Assessment Readiness Tool™ for Licensed Practical Nurses, too. 

Self Assessment Readiness Tool™ for Licensed Practical Nurses >>

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) practice nursing in collaboration with clients and other members of the healthcare team to provide and improve healthcare services in the best interests of the public. Newly licensed LPNs have completed a diploma program and met the requirements of their regulatory body to obtain a license to practice as an LPN. 

The Self Assessment Readiness Tool™ for Licensed Practical Nurses describes the LPN practice.  It is designed to help you understand what you are required to know and do before you can work as an LPN in Canada. It outlines the competencies, knowledge and skills you must have to qualify to be licensed  to practise as an LPN.

This tool contains 6 parts:

Part 1 - What is a Licensed Practical Nurse?
Part 2 - About the National Nursing Assessment Service
Part 3 - A Typical Work Day
Part 4 - Case Scenarios
Part 5 - Testimonials
Part 6 - Competency Assessment

These tools are meant to be a guide for your personal use. Your answers to questions will not be recorded or evaluated by anyone other than you. These tools do not provide any assurance of your ability to obtain employment in Canada. They are meant only to help you assess your skills based on competency guidelines. They will not be used by any regulatory bodies in Canada to determine your eligibility for registration.  There is no link between completion of these tools and formal licensure or certification.

Note:  The Registered Psychiatric Nurse Regulators of Canada website offers information about RPNs.