Identifying your NOC code

When immigrating to Canada using your skills and work experience, it is important to identify your correct National Occupational Classification (NOC) code. Your National Occupational Classification Code carries very important information that a visa officer uses to assess your eligibility in coming to Canada as an economic immigrant. Some immigration programs also adds more points to candidates with work experiences belonging to certain NOC codes.

An example of a NOC code is 3012, this is the NOC code of a registered nurse and other occupations within a similar field. This will be your NOC code if you match the lead statement associated with this code and most of the main duties listed under it. See the information below for NOC code 3012.

Example Titles

ambulatory care nurse
bedside nurse
burn patient care nurse
burn victim care nurse
cardiac surgery nurse
cardiology nurse
cardiology nurse technician
casual duty nurse
circulating nurse
clinic nurse
clinical nurse
clinical nurse specialist
community health nurse
consultant nurse
contagious disease transmission prevention nurse
coronary intensive care nurse
coronary unit nurse
critical care nurse
dialysis nurse
doctor’s office nurse
emergency care nurse
emergency nurse
first aid nurse
float nurse
general duty nurse
general duty nurse – psychiatry
geriatric care nurse
geriatric nurse
gerontology nurse
graduate nurse
graduate nurse – doctor’s office
graduate nurse – occupational health
graduate nurse – physician’s office
graduate private duty nurse
hemodialysis nurse
home care neuroscience nurse
home care nurse
hospital hygiene nurse
hospital hygienist – nursing
hospital nurse
independent practice – registered nurse
industrial nurse
infection control co-ordinator – hospital
infection control nurse
infection control officer – hospital
infection control officer – medical
infection surveillance nurse
intensive care nurse
intensive care unit (ICU) nurse
liaison nurse
medical intensive care nurse
mental health nurse
nephrology and kidney transplantation nurse
nephrology and renal transplantation nurse
nephrology nurse
neuroscience nurse
nurse – birthing room
nurse consultant
nurse counsellor
nurse researcher
nurse technician
nursing adviser
nursing consultant
nursing counsellor
nursing evaluator
nursing researcher
nursing researcher – nurse
nursing technician
obstetrics nurse
occupational health nurse
occupational health nurse consultant
occupational medicine nurse
office nurse
on-call nurse
oncology nurse
operating room (OR) nurse
out-patient clinic nurse
outpost nurse
outreach nurse
palliative care nurse
pediatric intensive care nurse
pediatric nurse
perinatal care nurse
physician’s office nurse
primary care nurse
primary nurse
private care nurse
private duty nurse
psychiatric and mental health nurse
psychiatric nurse
public and community health nurse
public health nurse
public health nurse consultant
recovery room nurse
Red Cross nurse
registered community health nurse
registered industrial nurse
registered nurse – call centre
registered nurse – contact centre
registered nurse – independent practice
registered nurse – public and community health
registered nurse – telehealth
registered nurse (R.N.)
registered psychiatric nurse (R.P.N.)
registered public health nurse
respiratory care nurse
respiratory nurse specialist
school health nurse
school nurse
scrub nurse
staff nurse
surgical intensive care nurse
telehealth registered nurse
triage nurse
Victoria Order nurse
Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) nurse
visiting nurse
ward nurse
youth centre nurse

Lead Statement

This unit group includes registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and graduates of a nursing program who are awaiting registration (graduate nurses). They provide direct nursing care to patients, deliver health education programs and provide consultative services regarding issues relevant to the practice of nursing. 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.

Main Duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

General duty registered nurses

  • Assess patients to identify appropriate nursing interventions
  • Collaborate with members of an interdisciplinary health team to plan, implement, co-ordinate and evaluate patient care in consultation with patients and their families
  • Administer medications and treatments as prescribed by a physician or according to established policies and protocols
  • Monitor, assess, address, document and report symptoms and changes in patients’ conditions
  • Operate or monitor medical apparatus or equipment
  • Assist in surgery and other medical procedures
  • May supervise licensed practical nurses and other nursing staff
  • May develop and implement discharge planning process on admission of patients
  • May teach and counsel patients and their families on health-related issues in collaboration with other health care providers.
  • Registered nurses may specialize in areas such as surgery, obstetrics care, psychiatric care, critical care, pediatrics, geriatrics, community health, occupational health, emergency care, rehabilitation or oncology.

Occupational health nurses

  • Develop and implement employee health education programs and provide registered nursing care in private businesses and industry.

Community health nurses

  • Provide health education and registered nursing care in public health units and through home visits, manage complex home care cases, participate in community needs assessment and program development, conduct disease screening and deliver immunization programs.

Psychiatric nurses

  • Provide nursing care, supportive counselling and life skills programming to patients in psychiatric hospitals, mental health clinics, long-term care facilities and community-based settings.

Nursing consultants

  • Provide consultative services to institutes, associations and health care organizations regarding issues and concerns relevant to the nursing profession and nursing practice.

Nursing researchers

  • Engaged in research activities related to nursing, as self-employed or as employed by hospitals, public and private organizations and governments.

Clinical nurses

  • Provide leadership, advice and counsel on the provision of research-based care for specific patient groups within the care of particular health care organizations.

Source: Employment and Social Development Canada

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