Research on the Health Workforce

The Nurse Practitioner Tracking Study
I.E. Koren, E.E. Rukholm, O.M. Mian, R.W. Pong, S.A. Lacarte, and C.W. Sloan*

Nurse practitioners (NPs) are registered nurses who have acquired the expert knowledge base, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded practice. A graduate degree in nursing is considered essential for this advanced practice role. In Ontario, amendments to legislation regulating NP practice in 2007 resulted in protection of the "Nurse Practitioner" title and three areas of specialization were designated: Adult, Pediatric and Primary Health Care.

In 2006, the Nursing Secretariat of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has commissioned CRaNHR to conduct annual tracking surveys of NPs in the province in order to document the integration of NPs into the health care system. In addition to core questions on demographic, education, practice and client characteristics, a set of questions on topics of interest is added to the survey from year to year. The 2009 survey included questions about nursing leadership, collaboration with other health care providers and barriers to practice. The previous year surveys asked NPs about preferences for continuing education; retirement plans; incentives to work with underserved populations in inner-city, rural and remote areas; and, the use of medical directives.

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

[To read the Full Report of "The Nurse Practitioner Workforce Study: The 2012 Survey Results", please visit our Online Reports page.]

Visit The Nurse Practitioner Workforce Tracking Study: Spotlight on Ontario's Nurse Practitioners webpage.

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