Nursing supply outpacing Canadian population growth

From 2009 to 2010, the nursing workforce increased at almost twice the rate of the Canadian population, according to a report released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). During that period, the nursing supply increased by 2% while the population increased by 1.1%. In 2010, there were 354,910 regulated nurses working in Canada—an increase of 8.8% since 2006, when there were 326,170.

Regulated Nurses: Canadian Trends, 2006 to 2010 reveals supply, demographic and workforce trends for the country's largest group of health care professionals at national, provincial and health region levels. Three-quarters of this workforce are registered nurses (RNs), 23% are licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and 1.5% are registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs). RPNs are regulated separately in the four western provinces and, since 2009, in Yukon.

Continue reading at Canadian Institute of Health Information.