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Registered Nurses Profile (including Nurse Practitioners), Canada, 2017

General RN Statistics

Number (%)
RN supply 301,010 (—)
RN workforce 286,340 (—)
NP supply 5,274 (—)
NP workforce 4,967 (—)

RN Supply

Number (%)
Inflow 19,083 (6.3)
Renewal 281,927 (93.7)
Outflow 16,816 (5.6)

Demographic Profile of RN Supply in Canada

Number (%)
Average Age Years 44.3 (—)
Sex Female 276,811 (92.0)
Male 24,152 (8.0)
Highest Education in Nursing Discipline Diploma 128,226 (42.6)
Baccalaureate 157,350 (52.3)
Master's / Doctorate 15,136 (5.0)

Profile of RNs Working in Canada

Number (%)
Employment Status Full Time 170,171 (59.5)
Part Time 86,167 (30.0)
Casual 29,894 (10.4)
Unknown 108 (—)
Place of Work Hospital 181,464 (63.6)
Community Health Agency 44,897 (15.7)
Nursing Home / LTC Facility 26,049 (9.1)
Other Place of Work 32,834 (11.5)
Position Staff Nurse 221,689 (77.7)
Manager 18,027 (6.3)
Other Positions 45,539 (16.0)
Area of Responsibility Direct Care 257,551 (90.5)
Administration 15,705 (5.5)
Education 9,670 (3.4)
Research 1,505 (0.5)
Direct Care Area of Responsibility Medicine / Surgery 45,946 (17.8)
Psychiatry / Mental Health 14,608 (5.7)
Paediatrics 6,800 (2.6)
Maternity / Newborn 15,892 (6.2)
Geriatrics / Long-term Care 25,597 (9.9)
Critical Care 19,718 (7.7)
Community Health 13,278 (5.2)
Ambulatory Care 3,738 (1.5)
Home Care 7,532 (2.9)
Occupational Health 2,348 (0.9)
Operating Room / Recovery Room 13,619 (5.3)
Emergency Care 20,946 (8.1)
Several Clinical Areas 7,235 (2.8)
Oncology 4,808 (1.9)
Rehabilitation 4,252 (1.7)
Public Health 7,607 (3.0)
Telehealth 1,517 (0.6)
Other Direct Care 42,110 (16.4)

Notes
– Data is not applicable or does not exist.

For Place of Work, Hospital includes data from hospital (general, maternal, pediatric, psychiatric), mental health centre and rehabilitation/convalescent centre. Community health includes data from community health centre, home care agency, nursing station (outpost or clinic), public health department/unit and physician’s office/family practice unit. Nursing home/LTC includes data from nursing home/long-term care facility. Other place of work includes data from business/industry/occupational health office, private nursing agency/private duty, self-employed, educational institution, association/government and other place of work.

For Position, Staff Nurse includes RN staff nurse/community health nurse. Manager includes chief nursing officer/chief executive officer, director/assistant director and manager/assistant manager. Other positions includes instructor/professor/educator, researcher, consultant, clinical specialist, nurse midwife, nurse practitioner and other position.

For Area of Responsibility, Direct Care includes data from medical/surgical, psychiatric/mental health, pediatric, maternal/newborn, geriatric/long-term care, critical care, community health, ambulatory care, home care, occupational health, operating room, emergency room, nursing in several clinical areas, oncology, rehabilitation, public health, telehealth and other patient care. Administration includes data from nursing services, nursing education and other administration. Education includes data from teaching students, teaching employees, teaching patients/clients and other education. Research includes data from nursing research and other research.

For more information regarding collection and comparability of data, refer to the Regulated Nurses, 2017: Methodology Guide on CIHI’s website: www.cihi.ca.

Source
Health Workforce Database, Canadian Institute for Health Information.