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Nursing Practice in Rural and Remote Canada II is a study about nurses working in rural and remote areas of Canada.

The goal of this project is to better understand the nursing workforce and nursing practice in rural and remote Canada so that health care planners and policy makers can work to improve nursing services and access to care in rural and remote Canada.  Continue reading

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New RRN2 Report: Rural and Remote Nursing Practice: An Updated Documentary Analysis

A new RRN2 report has recently been released.  Rural and Remote Nursing Practice: An Updated Documentary Analysis is now available for download.

This report provides an update of a documentary analysis of relevant reports (grey literature, government documents) regarding rural and remote nursing practice. Our overall goal was to gain a comprehensive understanding of the current policy environment and determine if, and how, it impacts nursing practice.

Some highlights from the report:

  • Recruitment and retention of health care professionals including nurses continues to be a challenge in rural and remote settings.
  • There has been a rise in financial supports such as loan forgiveness programs for individual nurses who wish to work in rural and remote settings.
  • Provision of care for Aboriginal peoples continues to need investment to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of Aboriginal nurses and that non-Aboriginal nurses’ care for this population within a cultural safety framework.
  • Evaluation of advanced practice in rural and remote settings in Canada is limited.

Download the report to learn more!

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Nursing in Rural and Remote Canada – Province by Province

The RRN team has released 10 province-specific reports on nursing in rural and remote Canada.  The reports are based on our analysis of CIHI’s Nursing Database.  View the reports on our publications page or download below:

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RRN2 Report: Characteristics of Rural Nurses in Canada, 2003-2010

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Members of the RRN team have recently published a report entitled “Characteristics and Distribution of the Regulated Nursing Workforce in Rural and Small Town Canada, 2003 and 2010“.  The report is based on the Canadian Institute for Health Information Nursing Database.  A few highlights include:

  • In 2010 approximately 11% of RNs (including NPs) worked in rural and small town Canada where 18% of the general population lived.
  • The proportions of RNs and NPs whose primary work was in rural Canada decreased from 2003 to 2010, except in Prince Edward Island.
  • From 2003 to 2010, the number of designated NPs increased almost 280%.
  • Rural RN nurse-to-population ratios were lower than those in urban areas in all jurisdictions for 2003 to 2010.
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New RRN2 Publication

Based on an analysis of the Canadian Institute of Health Information’s Nursing Database, this report examines the characteristics and geographical distribution of the nursing workforce in rural and remote Canada.

Pitblado, R., Koren, I., MacLeod, M., Place, J., Kulig, J., & Stewart, N. (2013). Characteristics and Distribution of the Regulated Nursing Workforce in Rural and Small Town Canada, 2003 and 2010. Prince George, BC: Nursing Practice in Rural and Remote Canada II. RRN2-01.

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Pilot Study Complete

Our main research activity is a national survey that will be sent to over 9,000 registered nurses (RNs), nurse practitioners (NPs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs) in rural and remote communities in every province and territory of Canada, and in both official languages.

We completed our pilot testing of the survey in the fall of 2013. Thank you to everyone who participated in that important work. The pilot survey participants provided valuable feedback that helped direct survey revisions. We are now preparing to implement the full survey across Canada beginning in April 2014.

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Nursing Database Analysis

We have recently completed an analysis of the Canadian Institute for Health Information’s (CIHI’s) Nursing Database (NDB). A report, as well as other publications, are currently being completed and will be made available on this website as soon as they are ready. Stay tuned!

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