Nursing Matters

Nurses play a vital role in the delivery of health care to Canadians. In fact, they have the broadest and farthest-reaching role compared to any other health care professional. The profession advocates for health promotion, educates patients and the public on the prevention of illness and injury, provides care and assists in cures, participates in rehabilitation and offers wellness support.

In addition to caring for people, nurses are leaders in pioneering change in health care and public health. Nurses innovate, advocate and cultivate knowledge-based practices and systemic changes that ultimately improve and advance individual and collective health.

Nursing matters because it makes a difference in the day-to-day well being of your neighbours, co-workers, friends and family members. Nursing matters because it’s making a difference in the quality of health care for all Canadians.

Discover more about a career in nursing:

  • 5 nursing myths - busted!

    Don't buy into the myths perpetuated about nursing. Here's the truth:

    Myth: Only women are nurses.
    Truth: Certainly women make up the majority of the profession, but nursing is increasingly employing men.
    Myth: Smart medical students only become doctors.
    Truth: Nursing takes years of training and knowledge. Nursing education is specialized, intense and rigorous. Students must pass courses in chemistry, anatomy, psychology, pharmacology and biology. They have to pass incredibly tough exames, and they go on to evolve and grow their knowledge in practice.
    Myth: Nurses get their hands dirty.
    Truth: While nursing can involve some unpleasant work, it’s a minor part of the average job. Plus there are many different types of roles for nurses that do not involve “dirt”.. You can become a nurse researcher, public health nurse, nursing teacher, nurse executive or work in a law firm. Read more
    Myth: Nurses just follow doctor's orders.
    Truth: This is absolutely not true. Nursing is a unique practice of its own. . Nursing is defined as the protection, promotion and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, communities and populations.
    Myth: Nursing is a dead-end job.
    Truth: Nurses have an incredible array of fields in which they can practise, and plenty of flexibility throughout their career to change direction. Read more