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Research on the Health Workforce




Nursing in Ontario, 2007: A Geographical Analysis
R.W. Pong and J.R. Pitblado

This project provided baseline (2007) information to assist the Ontario Nursing Secretariat in nursing workforce planning. The study provided descriptive and statistical summaries (based on demographic, educational, employment and mobility characteristics) of the Ontario nursing workforce of registered nurses, nurse practitioners and registered practical nurses based on College of Nurses of Ontario 2007 registrations. The geographical units of analysis and results included: provincial overviews; rural-urban overviews; individual local health integration network (LHIN) characteristics and LHIN comparisons; and rural-urban analyses within each LHIN.

It is well known that healthcare personnel are not always well distributed relative to the geographic distribution of the general population. This is particularly the case when examining sub-provincial distributions (e.g., by LHIN) or when comparing rural and urban areas. This project identified where and if these so-called maldistributions of nurses occurred in Ontario in 2007. This study enabled the Nursing Secretariat to identify locations that need the most attention to overcome imbalances, where they exist. It is also recognized that health human resources planning is a complex enterprise that requires multiple inputs or modelling considerations. The project dealt only with what would be considered one component of that enterprise - the "supply side".

(commissioned by the Nursing Secretariat, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care)



(Names in bold denote CRaNHR investigators and research staff.)