Registed Nurses' Association of Ontario

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Ontario patients need more RNs

To ensure patient safety and improve the level of care patients receive, representatives of Ontario’s top two nursing organizations issued an urgent call on May 7 to fill RN vacancies in provincial hospitals.

At a Queen’s Park media conference, RNAO and ONA revealed that more than 10,000 RN positions are currently vacant in provincial hospitals, leaving patients without access to the expert care of RNs and vulnerable to increased risks of morbidity (complications) and mortality (death).

At the media conference, RNAO and ONA leaders also urged all political parties to commit to making RN staffing a health-care priority by including a promise in their election platforms to immediately post and fill 10,000 RN vacancies. This will begin to fix the deficit in Ontario’s RN workforce and better serve patients. RNAO and ONA are also urging that all new hires in acute care and cancer care hospitals be RNs.

In Ontario, there are just 703 RNs per 100,000 people compared with an average of 839 RNs per 100,000 in the rest of the country. In fact, Ontario has the lowest RN-to-population ratio in the entire country.

To learn more, please read our media release, speaking notes, and backgrounder.

Last Updated: 
2018-05-07