Tracking the Nursing Task Force (1999): RNs Rate Their Nursing Work Life
In January 1999, the Nursing Task Force presented its report, Good
Nursing, Good Health: An Investment for the 21st Century. The Ontario
government accepted all the recommendations of the Task Force and
moved to implementation. The Nursing Research Committee of RNAO
decided to find out nurses' perceptions of changes in practice settings
since the release of the report.
The purpose of this survey was to determine the extent to which
registered nurses have seen specific changes in their work environments
since the task force recommendations were released. This report
focuses on the findings to the following research objectives:
- Determine the extent to which additional nursing positions have
been created and the nursing budget has changed since March 1999.
- Determine the extent to which nurses and nurse managers have
experienced increased opportunity to participate in decision making
that directly influences practice since March 1999.
- Identify the presence and accessibility of a senior individual
accountable for nursing resources at the senior management level.
- Assess nurses' perceptions of changes in flexibility of work
hours, in overall professional satisfaction, in opportunities
for continued and advanced education, and for the expansion of
clinical expertise and professional recognition in the practice
- Determine nurses' perceptions of the quality of orientation
programs and the extent to which changes have been noted in the