Research on the Health Workforce

The Nurse Practitioner Workforce Survey
R.W. Pong, C.W. Sloan*, S. Caty*, and E. Rukholm

Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses with additional education that allows them to provide a broader scope of health care. From 1998 through 2002, about 400 new NP positions have been created with funding from the provincial government. Since 2003, the new government has made a further commitment to adding 252 NP positions by 2005.

The objective of this study was twofold. First, CRaNHR conducted a survey of all Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioners and Acute Care/Specialty Nurse Practitioners in order to obtain employment and practice information about NPs in Ontario. Second, this information was used by CRaNHR and/or Nurse Practitioners Association of Ontario (NPAO) researchers to examine the demographic characteristics, geographic distribution, employment trends and practice profiles of NPs. As well, NPAO used selected information items to develop a publicly accessible website in order to provide information on the availability of NPs.

(funded by the Nurse Practitioner Association of Ontario)

[To read the report "Nurse Practitioner Workforce Survey and NPAO Electronic Registry Project Report", please visit our Online Reports page.]

[To read the Research in FOCUS on Research "Primary Heath Care Nurse Practitioners: Who Are They? What Do They Do?", please visit our FOCUS page.]

[To read the Research in FOCUS on Research "Acute Care Nurse Practitioners in Ontario: Findings from the First Workforce Survey", please visit our FOCUS page.]

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