Registered Nurse

Registered nurses observe, assess, monitor, and document patient symptoms, reactions, and progress. They contribute to a culture of patient safety and promote health to patients/clients/residents families and other caregivers.

$55,000 - $90,000+

Nursing Degree

High Demand

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Norma Nicholson

Retired Registered Nurse

Born in Jamaica, abandoned by a teenage mother (homeless), given to an elderly grandmother. Attended school only at age 8 and mentored by a teacher who saw and supported my learning needs. After the death of my grandmother, lived with an aunt in whose home I underwent the most horrific abuse and neglect. Ran away (homeless).
Found my father, won a scholarship to attend high school..graduated with honours. Came to Canada as a domestic worker, focused on volunteering in a hospital setting where I found my passion for nursing. I saw the positive impact nurses make daily in the lives of others. Chose that career for 46 years.

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What is your educational background?
RPN > RN with BA Sociology and Psychology
> MA (Ed) in Adult Education

What are your daily responsibilities?
Now self employed and have authored four books, two of which tells about my childhood and why i give back to others without seeking any rewards.
I facilitate workshops, speak at conferences / AGMs about youth justice and other systems, how they negatively impact Black youth and family. I volunteer on Boards of Director, youth shelters and was the immediate past Chair of the Peel Police Services Board.

What advice would you give to the 15-18 year old version of yourself?
Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time, so spend time focusing on what you would like to achieve.
I see changes happening, when each of us act so I let the change begin with me,.
Nothing can stop the man/woman with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal especially where he has another human being’s support. Effective leaders must be lifelong learners, plants learn something new everyday. Service to others is the rent you pay here on earth, so give back, pay forward where you can.

The rewards for those who persevere far exceeds the pain that must precede the victory… even when you hurt, strive to get up and try again.

Core Responsibilities


Resident admissions, discharges and transfers


Administration of medications, treatments and wound care


Works with physicians, families and other members of the care team

Typical Workplace

  • Employed by the Hospitals or often operate out of private practices.
  • Spend a lot of time meeting with the care team and supporting patients throughout their recovery process.
  • The work is can be stressful but rewarding.

Attributes & Abilities 

Creativity Skills
Analytical and problem-solving skills
Organized & detail-oriented
Scientific skills
Collaborative Skills
reading skills
Grade 11

English (ENG3C/U)
Mathematics (MCR3U)
Chemistry (SCH3U)
Biology (SBI3U)
Cooperative Education (Recommended)

Grade 12

English (ENG4U)
Mathematics (MHF4U & MCV4U)
Chemistry (SCH4U)

*Additional 4U/M Courses For University Candidates*

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Registered Nurse

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