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Have you noticed RN replacement at your workplace? See the results

The results are in. After 115 responses, our In the Loop poll has found that a majority of members have noticed RN replacement at their workplace.

Yes – 72.8 per cent
Yes, but outside of my workplace – 15.8 per cent
No – 11.4 per cent

Based on the report Regulated Nurse, 2016, by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), RNAO calculates that Ontario continues to have the lowest RN-to-population ratio in the country. In 2016, the province had just 703 RNs per 100,000 people, down from 711 in 2015. This is in stark contrast to the 2016 average of 839 RNs per 100,000 people in the rest of Canada – 19.5 per cent higher than in Ontario.

In response, RNAO is speaking out against RN replacement and calling on provincial leaders to adopt the recommendations of our report Mind the Safety Gap. Included in the recommendation is legislating an all-RN workforce in tertiary, quaternary, and cancer centres within two years; requiring all first home health care visits be completed by an RN; and setting minimum RN and NP staffing standards in long-term care.

This year, RNAO also released its 70 years of RN Effectiveness database, which highlights the positive impact RNs have had on a wide variety of health outcomes, including reduced mortality, increased quality of care, increased patients satisfaction, and cost savings. Read more about our database in our media release.

More than 24,200 people have responded to our RN replacement action alerts urging the Premier and Health Minister to stop this dangerous and expensive practice.

If you have not done so already, please sign our action alert today.

Last Updated: 
2017-06-26