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Centre for Career and Personal Development Degree Profiles

These degree profiles look at potential jobs, key skills & atributes, associations & professional development and great books which relate to each degree and its potential career path.


Most nursing graduates seek licensure with a professional body to be able to practice as a Registered Nurse. RN’s assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, deliver health education programs and provide consultative nursing services to promote, maintain and restore patient health.

Key Skills & Knowledge

Communication: Active listening, sensitive and accurate articulation, to develop therapeutic relationships with patients, clients, and families and effective collaboration with other professionals

Analytical and Critical Thinking: Comprehend, prioritize, and synthesize diverse kinds of information including scientific data and interpersonal cues for client-centred decision making

Practice Competencies: Technical and psychomotor skills, including safe medication administration, use of technology and informatics, as appropriate in diverse practice settings

Evidence Informed Practice: Understanding the sources of nursing knowledge, different kinds of research, and how knowledge is applied in practice


Note: Requirements for undergraduate students in nursing align with the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta [CARNA] “Requisite Skills and Abilities”:

Sample Job Titles

Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at

  • Clinical Trial Coordinator
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Community Health Nurse
  • Coordinator, Infection Control
  • Educational Resource Salesperson
  • Geriatric Nurse
  • Independent Practice Nurse
  • Infection Control Professional
  • Informatics Nurse Specialists
  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Midwife
  • Nurse Counsellor
  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Manager
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurse Recruiter
  • Occupational Health Nurse
  • Palliative Care Nurse
  • Patient Advocate
  • Pharmaceutical / Medical Equipment Salesperson
  • Professor
  • Psychiatric Nurse
  • School Health Nurse
  • Unit Nurse


Potential Industries

  • Assisted Living / Residential Care for Seniors
  • Canadian Armed Forces/Military
  • Clinics (ambulatory, medical and community)
  • Corporate Organizations
  • Diet Centers
  • Educational Institutions
  • Fitness and Wellness Centres
  • Government Services
  • Hospices
  • Home Care Agencies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Laboratories
  • Medical Equipment Sales Companies
  • National Institute of Health
  • Not for Profit Agencies
  • Nursing Homes
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Primary Care Settings
  • Professional Health Associations
  • Publishers (Education Resources)
  • Recruitment Agencies
  • Regional Health Authorities
  • Rejuvenation Clinics
  • Research (Clinical Trials) 

Did You Know?

Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development.  These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work.  Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.


Key Contacts

Faculty Contact

Professional Faculties Building 

Undergraduate Program
Room: PF 1238
T:(403) 220-4636 

Graduate Program 
Room: PF 2279
T: (403) 220-6241 

Career Services
MacEwan Student Centre, Room 188
T: 403.220.8020