Nurses are health care professionals that assess, treat, rehabilitate, maintain, promote and optimize patients’ health conditions and diseases. Particularly, nurses assess patients and assist them with the activities needed to help them maintain and regain normal health. This includes focusing on all aspects of the patient’s health, including their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs. By partaking in this support role, nurses help treat and manage all kinds of diseases, disabilities, and health conditions.
Nurses provide health care services alongside other health care professionals in a variety of settings including hospitals, prisons, retirement centers, nursing homes, clinics and schools. Some of these services include:
In Ontario, “Nurse”, “Registered Nurse”, “Registered Practical Nurse” and “Nurse Practitioner” is a regulated profession subject to the Standards and Guidelines defined by the College of Nurses of Ontario. For more information on regulatory colleges, view our What is a Regulatory College page.
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