What is the Difference between a PSW and a Nurse?

The difference between a PSW and a Nurse is education and scope of practice. The front-line healthcare workers consist of PSWs, RPNs, Registered Nurses, and Nurse Practitioners.

Personal Support Worker (PSW)

A personal support worker (PSW) can be a beneficial support for a family to lessen the pressure a family may feel with all the additional tasks by providing companionship, healthcare services, and peace of mind to loved ones. PSWs work diligently to maintain the standard of living and comfort for their aged clients.

Here is a list of a PSW’s responsibilities

  • Providing personal care for clients, aiding with movement, personal hygiene, bathing, dressing, and undressing.
  • They administer daily health-related duties like replacing non-sterile contusion dressings and collecting various blood and tissue specimens under the guidance of a nurse.
  • Meal preparation and planning, including special diets, feeding or assistance with eating and drinking.
  • Management of routine housekeeping tasks.
  • They provide elderly patients with companionship and healthcare in the client’s home under the guidance of a home care agency, family member, doctor or nurse.

Family members and caregivers can sometimes become fatigued if they attempt to handle a strenuous care regimen alone, especially if they have careers and family. To avoid “caregiver burnout,” hire a PSW (personal support worker) to share the workload alongside family members.


Nurses (RPNs, RNs, and NPs) are administered by the College of Nurses of Ontario.

Foundational education is the difference between RNs and RPNs. In comparison, they study from the same body of nursing knowledge; RNs study for longer and gain a broader range of foundational knowledge.

Registered nurses usually need a bachelor’s degree in nursing to get work in the field, but nurse practitioners typically hold a master’s degree or higher. A nurse practitioner is a logical next step for nurses who’ve worked in the field for a while and want to take on more of an independent leadership role.

Nursing Professionals, You can Trust

Promyse Home Care Nurse Case Managers provide services at no additional charge. Our Nurse Case Managers meet with the family to determine the loved one’s initial needs and support. We will be there for you as time passes and needs change. We will work with you and your loved ones on short-term and long-term care management plans. Promyse Nurse case managers are committed to ensuring that your senior loved ones live safely and independently at home.

Private Nursing Care

When you need a nurse for in-home care, you will find private nursing services in your community with Promyse Home Care. These healthcare heroes offer a wide variety of services for people suffering from a chronic disease or recovering from an illness, injury, surgery, or hospitalization.

The Promyse team of nurses in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge, are carefully screened for their experience and skills working within the community. Our nurses are registered with the CNO (College of Nurses, Ontario), have up-to-date skills and are fully bonded and insured.

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