Nurse Supervisors and Registered Nurses

Nurse supervisors and head nurses supervise and coordinate the activities of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and other personnel involved in the provision of patient care. Registered nurses provide nursing care to patients and may specialize in surgery, neurology, emergency care, intensive care, obstetrics, gerontology or other areas of health care. Occupational health nurses develop and implement employee health education programs and provide nursing services in the workplace. Other professions in this occupational category include community health nurses and psychiatric nurses.


  • High school diploma.
  • College diploma or university degree.
  • Certification by the Registered Nurses Association of Northwest Territories and Nunavut and registration by the Department of Health and Social Services.

Future Prospects:

These occupations will have small but sustained increases in employment over the next ten years.

Job Prospects

Current Workforce:

Approximately 81.7% of workers in this occupational group are women. About 53.4% of employees working in these occupations live in Yellowknife, 29.1% live in the regional centres of Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith and 17.5% live in other communities. About 100.0% are employed in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry and 0.0% in the Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting sector.