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If you are interested in working as a Nursing Co-ordinator and Supervisor in Canada, you will be pleased to know that the job outlook for your occupation in Canada is extremely positive.

You can use this overview of the Canadian employment prospects in your field to start planning your immigration and settlement in Canada.


Why job prospects in this field in Canada are excellent:

  • Service Canada says the outlook is good for 2010, the number of jobs will exceed the number of job seekers creating a shortage of nurses.
  • This, like all health care occupations, a growing occupation in Canada.
  • Increased employment opportunities can be found in nursing homes.
  • An aging population, coupled with a substantial number of upcoming retirements among nurses will expand the demand for head nurses and supervisors.
  • Currently, the largest number of occupations showing signs of shortages at the national level is concentrated in management occupations and in the health sector. Head Nurses are particularly in demand.

Area in Canada where this occupation is most in demand

British Columbia:

  • Employment prospects are expected to be above average for this occupational group in upcoming years.
  • This is an expanding field, and the annual growth rate for this occupation is above the provincial average due to greater health care needs of an aging population.
  • The increasing complexity of health care will drive the need for more such positions.
  • Downsizing is not expected in upcoming years, and there has been a constant increase in opportunities over the last 10 years.
  • The current supply of Head Nurses is quite low likely due to the experience (three to five years) required to enter these positions.

Duties of Nursing Co-ordinators and Supervisors

Nursing Co-ordinators and Supervisors supervise and co-ordinate the activities of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and other nursing personnel in the provision of patient care. They are employed in health care institutions such as hospitals, clinics and nursing homes and in nursing agencies.

Description of Main Duties

Nursing Co-ordinators and Supervisors perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Supervise registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and other nursing personnel
  • Evaluate patients' needs and ensure that required nursing care is delivered
  • Set up and co-ordinate nursing services in conjunction with other health services
  • Ensure quality nursing care is provided and appropriate administrative procedures are followed
  • Assist in the establishment of unit policies and procedures
  • Administer nursing unit budget and ensure that supplies and equipment are available
  • Assist in the selection, evaluation and professional development of nursing personnel
  • Collaborate on research projects related to nursing and medical care and multidisciplinary services
  • May provide direct patient care

Example job titles for Nursing Co-ordinators and Supervisors:

  • Acute care co-ordinator – nursing
  • Assistant head nurse
  • Birthing room nursing supervisor
  • Burn unit nursing co-ordinator
  • Burn unit nursing supervisor
  • Co-ordinator of nursing services
  • Co-ordinator, nursing
  • Co-ordinator, nursing unit
  • Critical care nursing supervisor
  • Delivery room nursing supervisor
  • Geriatric nursing supervisor
  • Head nurse
  • Head nurse, operating room
  • Nurse supervisor – military
  • Nursing care co-ordinator
  • Nursing co-ordinator
  • Nursing services co-ordinator
  • Nursing supervisor
  • Nursing supervisor, operating room
  • Nursing unit co-ordinator
  • Nursing unit supervisor
  • Nursing ward supervisor
  • Obstetrical nursing supervisor
  • Operating room head nurse
  • Operating room nursing supervisor
  • Patient care co-ordinator – nursing
  • Psychiatric nursing supervisor
  • Public health nursing supervisor
  • Rehabilitation nursing supervisor
  • Supervisor, nursing
  • Supervisor, nursing ward
  • Surgical co-ordinator – nursing
  • Surgical ward supervisor – nursing
  • Ward supervisor – nursing

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