Sounding the alarm - RN to population numbers continue to drop
RNAO has long advocated for the right amount of registered nurses to ensure people get the care they need.
That’s why we are concerned about Ontario’s RN-to-population ratio. It’s the second lowest in the country (B.C. has the worst) and continues to drop. A new report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information bears this out.
In 2008, the number of RNs per 1,000 people was 7.18. By 2012, that number dropped to 6.99 per 1,000 people.
Ontario’s slide is lower than the national average, which is now at 8.30 RNs per 1,000 people.
This news isn’t good for patient care because all the evidence points to the link between directs hours of RN care and positive health outcomes. It’s also bad news for RNs because it leads to burnout and stress.
RNAO wants swift action and funding. To facilitate this action, we are mobilizing members through our Queen's Park on the Road (QPOR) campaign.
Through the QPOR, members meet with MPPs from all political parties to explain positions that improve access to nursing services, including the RN-to-population ratio to ensure the best care is being delivered to Ontarians.
- CIHI report confirms what RNAO already knows: Ontario needs more RNs to meet patient demand (2013)
- RNAO's Ontario Pre-Budget Speaking Notes and Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs - 2013: Finding the Right Balance (2013)
- Social assistance and home care investments get thumbs up, but RNs are nowhere to be found in this budget: says RNAO (2013)
- RNs chart a course for a stronger nursing profession (2013)
- Why Your Health Matters (2013)
- RNs set election agenda with release of health policy recommendations for Ontario’s premier-designate and opposition party leaders (2013)
- Commitment to Bring Ontario’s RN to Population Ratio in line with the rest of the Country (2011)
- More RNs equals better health for patients and communities (2011)
- RNs kick-start 2011 provincial election with release of comprehensive policy recommendations for creating vibrant communities (2011)
- Nurses say investments in health must translate into additional nurses and healthier communities (2010)
- Briefing Note: Strengthening the Nursing Workforce for a Stronger Health Care System (2009)
- RNAO Submission on Bill 97: To Standing Committee on Social Policy (2008)
- Registered nurses say province is offering bad medicine (2008)
- The heath-care needs of Ontarians depend on government delivering on election promise to hire 9,000 additional nurses (2008)
- Province can’t meet health-care needs of Ontarians when it is losing RNs year after year (2007)