Nursing supply outpacing Canadian population growth

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.