Compared to an average of 836 registered nurses for every 100,000 Canadians, Ontario has just 714 for every 100,000 residents.
With a dramatic increase in the number of seniors, comes the need to take care of their ailments and at this time, there are fewer registered nurses than ever before.
To cut costs, hospital and healthcare facilities are now recruiting Registered Nurse Practitioner (RPN) rather than Registered Nurses because of the difference in salary. Registered Nurses undergo four-year degree programs as compared to the two or three-year diploma for RPN. Registered nurses are healthcare workers whose responsibilities include supervising the RPNs, treating and educating patients, assisting medical doctors, ordering, interpreting and evaluating diagnostic testing reports and more.
Between 2005 and 2014 the total number of RNs in Ontario grewby9 per cent, while RPNs increased by a whopping 52.3 per cent.
At the end of the day it comes down to the fact that registered nurses have better and more rigorous training than the Registered Nurse Practitioners.
Has it really affected the level of healthcare at Ontario’s hospitals? It is hard to tell, if anything the biggest complaint from patients is that there needs to be more RNs or RPNs.