Psychiatric Nurses provide professional nursing and mental health nursing services in mental health care facilities and in the community. They promote and help people restore and maintain good mental health. (alis)  Along with other Registered Nurses, they are employed in a variety of settings including hospitals, nursing homes, extended care facilities, rehabilitation centres, doctors' offices, clinics, community agencies, companies, private homes and public and private organizations or they may be self-employed. (NOC)

Nurses trained exclusively as registered psychiatric nurses (RPN) are regulated in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Colombia. In all other provinces and territories, registered nurses (RN) may work as psychiatric nurses without separate registration. (NOC)

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The University of Manitoba does not offer a specialized program in Psychiatric Nursing leading to a Registered Psychiatric Nursing designation (RPN), but does offer a degree in Nursing leading to a designation as a Registered Nurse (RN). Psychiatric Nursing positions may be available to those holding an RN. View the links below to learn about Psychiatric Nursing programs in Manitoba and across Canada.  Meet with a Career Consultant to determine which degree path suits your occupational goals.

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Information for foreign-trained registered nurses and psychiatric nurses - Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials

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