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Full-Time/Part-time Employment of Nurses in Small Hospitals in Rural and Northern Ontario: Current Status, Issues, and Options
R.W. Pong, E. Rukholm, J.R. Pitblado, S. Larocque, and C.W. Sloan*

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has indicated that it "will continue to work with employers to increase the percentage of nurses employed full time, with a goal of 70 per cent of nurses working full time in Ontario." Some administrators of small hospitals believe that they may experience problems meeting the 70 per cent full time employment target because of the small size of their programs and the small numbers of nurses employed.

Using several methodological approaches and data from a variety of sources, this study examined the impact of this policy on small hospitals in rural and northern Ontario and identified implementation options.

It interviewed senior hospital administrators and surveyed a sample of nurses living in smaller rural and northern communities. The information, along with other data, were used to describe the current full time, part time and casual employment status of registered nurses and registered practical nurses in rural and northern Ontario, and to examine the problems these hospitals face in implementing the 70 per cent full time policy. Focus groups were drawn on the information to develop alternative strategies and approaches to facilitate optimal employment status of nurses in small hospitals.

(funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)

[To read the Final Report of the "Full-Time/Part-Time Employment of Nurses in Small Hospitals in Rural and Northern Ontario: Current Status, Issues and Options", please visit our Online Reports page.]



(Names in bold denote CRaNHR investigators and research staff. Names with an * denote former CRaNHR investigators and research staff.)