Job prospects Registered Nurse (R.N.) in Newfoundland and Labrador

Job opportunities for Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012) are fair in Newfoundland and Labrador over the next 3 years. These job prospects are also applicable to people working as a registered nurse (R.N.).

Note that these employment prospects were published in December 2019 based on information available at that time. You can read our new special report to learn about the impact of COVID-19 on some occupations in your province or territory. You can also visit the Canadian Online Job Posting Dashboard to find the latest data on the demand and work requirements for this occupation.

Job opportunities in Newfoundland and Labrador

registered nurse (R.N.)
Prospects over the next 3 years

The employment outlook will be fair for Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012) in Newfoundland and Labrador for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment is expected to remain relatively stable.
  • Several positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

The outlook for registered nurses reflects fairly stable staffing levels in the public healthcare system. Budgetary pressures are expected to have an impact on growth prospects for this occupation. As the demand for healthcare increases due to the aging of the population, localized staffing shortages and forced overtime have become more common. Available positions for new entrants to nursing are often casual or part-time in nature.

Here are some key facts about Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses in the Newfoundland and Labrador region:

  • Approximately 5,300 people work in this occupation.
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 81%
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 7%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 83% compared to 84% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 17% compared to 16% for all occupations
  • 76% of registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses work all year, while 24% work only part of the year, compared to 56% and 44% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 31 weeks compared to 26 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses are self-employed compared to an average of 6% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Newfoundland and Labrador by economic region.

    Legend: The job opportunities can be: Undetermined Limited Fair Good

    Source Labour Market Information | Prospects Methodology

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    Job prospects elsewhere in Canada

    We expect that there will be a labour SHORTAGE for Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012) in Canada over the next 10 years.

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