Job prospects Registered Nurse (R.N.) in Nova Scotia

Job opportunities for Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012) are good in Nova Scotia 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 Nova Scotia

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

The employment outlook will be good for Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (NOC 3012) in Nova Scotia for the 2019-2021 period.

The following factors contributed to this outlook:

  • Employment growth will lead to a moderate number of new positions.
  • A moderate number of positions will become available due to retirements.
  • There are a small number of unemployed workers with recent experience in this occupation.

Increasing health needs of an aging population favour employment prospects for registered nurses. The work environment for nursing services is changing somewhat as home-care services continue to grow and the province moves toward a collaborative care model (where various health practitioners work together). This is one of the largest occupation groups in the province, so there is a steady, high-volume of postings. Job opportunities also exist in hospitals and long-term care facilities, although tight budgets have been affecting opportunities in these areas in recent years. New entrants to nursing shouldn't have too much trouble finding work, however, many openings are for part time or casual positions, and it's important for jobseekers to have the appropriate skills, education and licensing.

Here are some key facts about Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses in the Nova Scotia region:

  • Approximately 10,600 people work in this occupation.
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses mainly work in the following sectors:
    • Hospitals (NAICS 622): 68%
    • Nursing and residential care facilities (NAICS 623): 14%
    • Ambulatory health care services (NAICS 621): 12%
  • The distribution of full-time and part-time workers in this occupation is:
    • Full-time workers: 78% compared to 80% for all occupations
    • Part-time workers: 22% compared to 20% for all occupations
  • 70% of registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses work all year, while 30% work only part of the year, compared to 62% and 38% respectively among all occupations. Those who worked only part of the year did so for an average of 35 weeks compared to 30 weeks for all occupations.
  • Less than 5% of registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses are self-employed compared to an average of 9% for all occupations.
  • Breakdown by region

    Explore job prospects in Nova Scotia by economic region.

    Location Job prospects
    Annapolis Valley Region Good Good
    Cape Breton Region Good Good
    Halifax Region Good Good
    North Shore Region Good Good
    Southern Region Good Good
    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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