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What RPNs do

Registered Psychiatric Nurses (RPNs) work with clients whose primary care needs are related to mental health, addictions, and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Their education and experience prepares psychiatric nurses to recognize the complex relationship between emotional, developmental, physical and mental health – as well as the role that social factors, culture and spirituality play in illness and recovery.

What RPNs do day to day, depends on where they work.  Some examples of where RPNs work include:

  • Acute care hospitals and clinics
  • Child and adolescent treatment programs
  • Long term psychiatric facilities
  • Crisis teams and suicide prevention
  • Community mental health programs
  • Corrections – institutional & community
  • Palliative Care
  • Forensics
  • Private practice, family therapy and programs
  • Substance abuse/addiction programs
  • Long-term, geriatric facilities and home care
  • Residential and community programs for counselling
  • Social services, child services, youth centres
  • School mental health programs
  • Community outreach
  • Education programs

Learn more about RPN Scope of Practice by following the links on the left.

Find out more about the many ways RPNs contribute to the health of our community by reading profiles of RPNs in Practice.