Sustaining the Nursing Workforce in Northeastern Ontario
Rukholm, E.E., I.E. Koren, B. Nowrouzi, and O.M. Mian
There is an immediate urgency to build experienced RN and RPN replacement and sustainability capacity to address the increasingly complex health care demands in NE Ontario. The purpose of the project was to examine barriers and facilitators to sustaining the nursing workforce in Northeastern Ontario. Data collection included mail survey of the nursing workforce and key informant interviews of employers. Deliverables included directory and profile of nurses and their workplaces in Northeastern Ontario across multiple sectors including public health, acute care, and long-term care; profile of organizational recruitment and retention practices and policies in the above health care sectors; report detailing the recruitment and retention barriers/facilitators, strategies/ideas identified by practicing nurses, employers, and senior nursing students; knowledge translation activities such as presentations to key stakeholders; online tool kit of key sustainability strategies on the CRaNHR website; information in formats accessible to the public; and academic publications.
(funded by Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care / Nursing Health Services Research Unit)
(Names in bold denote CRaNHR investigators and research staff.)