Ontario has a severe shortage of registered nurses. How did we get here? - News Summed Up

Ontario has a severe shortage of registered nurses. How did we get here?


Years of government restraint in health-care funding have contributed to a loss of more than 7,300 registered nurse positions in Ontario in a 10-year span, according to data from the Ontario Nurses’ Association. Ontario currently has the lowest ratio of registered nurses in the country working in direct care, 609.3 RNs per 100,000 population, according to the Canadian Institute of Health Information. Registered nurses, who have universities degrees, get the “unpredictable patient assignments,” and are making assessments which they can then act on, she said. In Ontario, nurses are leaving the profession because of higher patient workloads and burnout. And the Ontario Nurses’ Association said more than 20 per cent of registered nurses are eligible to retire.


Source: thestar May 18, 2022 20:04 UTC



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