Learning more about the role through Co-op Programs and Volunteering
High school co-op placements and volunteer positions in health care facilities (acute care hospitals, residential care or long term care facilities) are some of the great ways to learn if nursing is the right career path for you.
Co-op opportunities in which you are working with a RPN can provide valuable learning experiences and can also allow you to observe the actual day-to-day knowledge and skills an RPN uses to provide safe and effective care. Shadowing a RPN in a health care setting can help you learn more about the health care work environment, the role of the RPN, providing patient centred care and will allow you to reflect on how this nursing profession might fit with your own career aspirations.
To pursue these types of learning opportunities, contact your high school guidance counselor or call/email your local hospital or care facilities and inquire about volunteer opportunities.
The accompanying flowchart describes the requirements at each stage of your development throughout your career as an RPN.