Fact Sheet – Registered Nurse (RN)

Last updated: July 2020

Regulated profession:

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
NOC 2016¹ Occupation
3012 Registered Nurse (RN)


Protected titles:

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Registered Nurse (Extended Practice) (RN(EP)) also referred  to as Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) (RN(NP))
  • Graduate Nurse (GN)*
  • RN-Graduate Extended Practice (RN-GEP)*
  • RN-Graduate Nurse Practitioner (RN-GNP)* * Denotes interim title. Nursing program graduates typically hold an interim title for the time between graduation and licensure.

Application process: (for licensing / registration)

Credential assessment:

  • CRNM refers all IENs to the National Nursing Assessment Service (NNAS). NNAS provides the initial assessment of nursing credentials awarded outside of Canada.  When the initial assessment is complete, NNAS will generate an Advisory Report.  IENs cannot apply to CRNM until the NNAS process is complete.  See details in NNAS Applicant Handbook (pdf). Open NNAS; scroll down to locate and download Handbook.

Language proficiency:

Professional competency profiles:

Tools/resources and courses:

  • NNAS Applicant Handbook (pdf). Open NNAS; scroll down to locate and download Handbook.
  • FAQs at NNAS
  • Red River College (RRC) 15-week, tuition-free, online program entitled ‘Health Care Culture, Language and Communication for Internationally Educated Nurses (HCLC for IENs).  Note: This program was previously titled BPIEN-Level 1.  Start date: September 8, 2020.  Application deadline: August 7, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. For further information visit Red River College – HCLC for IENs.
  • Self Assessment Readiness Tools (SART) for Registered Nurses is one in a series of free online resources designed to help internationally-educated health professionals make informed decisions about pursuing professional registration in Canada.  SART was designed by Atlantic Connection for individual destined to settle in the Atlantic Provinces but can be used by individuals settling in any province or territory in Canada.
    Note: SART is not part of the regulatory/licensing process.   It is provided only as a tool to help users gather information.

Membership associations:

  • Philippine Nurses Association of Manitoba (PNAM) offers support to internationally-educated nurses from all countries. Supports include information sessions, job fairs, and skills review.  PNAM currently posts information via Facebook; a website is currently under development.
  • Manitoba Nurses Union (MNU) represents all licensed nursing professions and is the largest health care union in Manitoba. MNU members represent over 95% (approximately 12,000) of all unionized nurses working in a variety of health care settings in the province. MNU is not a regulatory body.

Employment outlook:

  • Open Explore careers by outlook
  • Enter occupation name or NOC code in window; click “Search”
  • Scroll down to view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.

Job search tools:

To search job postings in any occupation visit:

  • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Search
  • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Match

Related occupations / Alternate careers:

There are many reasons an IEN may be interested in working in a related occupation.  Related occupations provide an individual with the opportunity to:

  • apply his/her skills and experience in a different (but related) occupation;
  • gain meaningful, interim employment while pursuing professional certification;
  • gain meaningful, alternative employment (as a stepping stone or career goal) if he/she chooses not to pursue professional certification or if he/she is not eligible to pursue professional certification.

Listed below are examples of occupations in health care settings.  While each occupation will have its own set of employment requirements, none are regulated occupations in Manitoba and therefore do not have certification / registration requirements with a professional regulatory body.  Employers often, however, require applicants to have job-specific experience, training, and/or certification (e.g. Health Care Aide certificate, First Aid certificate, etc.). Always check the hiring criteria carefully.  Hiring criteria is set by the employer and will vary from employer to employer.

NOC 2016¹ Occupation
3414 Other assisting occupations in support of health services
4412 Home support workers and related occupations (including rehabilitation assistants and respite workers)
4214 Early childhood educators and assistants
3413 Health care aides, nurse aides, orderlies and patient service associates
4212 Social and community service workers
3212 Medical Laboratory Assistants
4012 Post-secondary teaching and research assistants
4021 College and other vocational instructors

Other resources:

  • BioTalent Canada is a Canadian company that supports the biotechnology sector. The About Us section will help users learn about BioTalent’s mandate before navigating through the website to find a variety of tools and resources related to the Bio-Economy, Professional Development, and other topics.

Note: This Fact Sheet was developed by Manitoba Education and Training, Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division.  It serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration policies and procedures, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.

1The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access three versions of NOC (2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. With each update, some NOC codes will change but the majority will stay the same. When searching an occupation on the NOC website always use the most recent version (NOC 2016). The Government of Canada also operates Job Bank using NOC codes. Job Bank, however, currently operates on NOC 2011. When navigating on Job Bank, always use 2011 NOC codes.