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Stillnotenoughnurses.ca, Ontario Nursing Shortage:"Ontarians are often told that health care costs too much and that Medicare, as we know it, might not be sustainable. In fact, our investment in the system, as a percentage of provincial and federal GDP, has declined for more than a decade. All major political parties have contributed to policies of retrenchment. In the mid and late 1990s, as the provincial Progressive Conservatives took advantage of cuts in federal transfers to seriously restrict public expenditure on health care, RNs lost their jobs and students opted to avoid nursing careers that promised only frustration and insecurity."
Ontario Nursing Association
http://www.stillnotenoughnurses.ca/

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February 4, 2009, Canada: Nursing shortages make colleges get creative in training RNs:"Canada's nursing shortage has reached what many are calling critical proportions, with all levels of government, educational institutes and professional associations throwing money and time into creative solutions. According to Rachel Bard, CEO of the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), colleges and institutes have responded to the issue. "They've increased the output of nursing programs from 4,833 graduates in 1999 to 9,447 in 2007. That's an increase of 95.5 per cent."
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090204.campusCOLLEGES2009nursing0204/BNStory/campus/home?cid=al_gam_mostemail

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Wed, July 5, 2006: Canada: Calgary: High demand for RNs:"Many degree programs available for those interested in nursing. Across Canada, the demand for registered nurses is rising right along with our aging population. A Canadian Nurses Association study has indicated there will be a shortfall of 78,000 nurses by 2011 and 113,000 by 2016."
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Alberta/2006/07/05/1669021-sun.html

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Wed, July 5, 2006: Canada: Calgary: Attracting new grads, Salary and quality of life key to recruiting RNs:"Graduating from college is an exciting time, especially if you're a nurse. The nursing job market is wide open for new graduates with health regions across the nation hoping to grab the attention of these valuable, living resources. The Calgary Health Region is the fastest growing health region in Alberta -- reportedly with an annual growth rate of 26,000 people."
http://calsun.canoe.ca/News/Alberta/2006/07/05/1669023-sun.html

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Sept. 15, 2005: Canada, Ontario: Sarnia: Not Enough Nurses:"The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) has launched a $2-million public affairs campaign to pressure the provincial government to invest in nurses and repair the crisis in quality patient care. "ONA has launched the 'Not Enough Nurses' campaign because nurses - and most importantly, their patients - know the government has yet to deliver on its campaign promise to hire 8,000 more nurses," said ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN."
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2005/15/c9219.html

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Sept. 15, 2005: Canada, Ontario: Fact check: Nursing Initiatives:"The McGuinty Government is working to rebuild the nursing profession in Ontario - a profession which was put under great strain by previous governments. "Nurses are the backbone of our healthcare system," said Liberal MPP Peter Fonseca. "Our nursing strategy is helping nurses by investing in new full time jobs and workplace safety improvements."
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/September2005/15/c0257.html

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Feb. 5, 2005: Canada: Programs match newcomers with professions:"Mahnaz Alibeiki knew her nursing skills were needed in Canada but had no idea how she'd get a licence to practise in a Toronto hospital. The 30-year-old Iranian newcomer had the healing touch; what she needed was some guidance in navigating through "the system" in a new country. She got it through the CARE for Nurses Project, one of a score of provincially funded career-bridging programs that are helping foreign-trained professionals find a place in the Canadian workforce — a partial answer to growing criticism that Canada demands high skill levels from immigrants but does little to help them integrate."
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1107558611752&call_pageid=970599119419

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January 17, 2005: Canada: Ontario: Government announcement sanctions nursing layoffs:"While Health Minister George Smitherman announced $200 million in transitional funding today to help hospitals balance their budgets, he acknowledged that hospitals would be allowed to cut the equivalent of 757 full-time nurses. "The Minister is sanctioning hospitals to lay off nurses in the midst of a chronic nursing shortage - this despite his mantra to protect patient care," said Irmajean Bajnok, the acting director of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO). "How can you possibly protect patient care by laying off nurses? This will send a chill through the profession and send nurses packing, either to other jurisdictions or to other professions," she said."
http://www.cnw.ca/fr/releases/archive/January2005/17/c3791.html

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Monday, January 17, 2005: Canada: Quebec: Nurses need help funding French lessons:"Health professionals working in public institutions in Quebec need to be able to work in French. Nobody with any common sense would challenge this general assertion, and indeed it has not been seriously challenged. But now let's try another general assertion: Quebec is short of nurses, and needs all of them it can get. This one is equally impossible to challenge. These two truisms bump up against each other in the case of nurses such as Elizabeth Davantes, Joan Mitchell, and Eulin Gumbs, experienced nurses who lost their jobs at the Jewish General because they were unable to pass a French test required of everyone who comes to Quebec to work in any of 47 professions. Two of the three women are now in the Employment Insurance system. The third is working in a fast-food joint."
http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/news/editorial/story.html?id=40de9a25-72a3-4dba-bfbe-62d0405962cf

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Monday, January 17, 2005: Canada: Quebec: Nurses struggle to make the grade:"So why can't nurses do it? Mainly, it's a matter of time and money, say nurses and their advocates. Nurses are mostly women who are raising families. They earn less than most members of the 44 other professional orders required to write the test. If they do have the time, they might not have the money for sessions with private French tutors, which can cost between $40 and $150 an hour. Since the firings of Eulin Gumbs, 43, and Elizabeth Davantes, 47, both registered nurses at the Jewish General Hospital, were publicized Jan. 4, nurses' stories have begun to come out."
http://www.canada.com/montreal/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=08b10668-001d-49dc-9c88-a597de022ab4

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Dec. 14 2003: Canada: Ottowa: Nursing Workforce Getting Older: One in Three Canadian Nurses is 50 or Older. Foreign-trained Nurses Comprise 6% of the Nursing Workforce:"Today, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) releases a series of new reports looking at the supply and distribution of the regulated nursing workforce in Canada. These reports show that the average age of Canadian nurses reached 44.5 years in 2003 and that one in three nurses in Canada is 50 years of age or older. In 2003, the average age of a registered nurse (RN) in Canada was 44.5, compared to 44.4 for licensed practical nurses (LPN) and 46.2 for registered psychiatric nurses (RPN). These reports, Workforce Trends of Registered Nurses in Canada, 2003; Workforce Trends of Licensed Practical Nurses in Canada, 2003; and, Workforce Trends of Registered Psychiatric Nurses in Canada, 2003 offer a comprehensive national perspective on the largest group of health care providers in Canada: the 309,587 women and men who comprise the regulated nursing workforce."
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/December2004/14/c4933.html

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Wednesday, December 11, 2002: Canada: Ontario: Put RNs where needed:"Sault Area Hospital and the Ontario Nurses Association are fighting a local battle that illustrates Canada's conundrum: when you have finite resources, where do you apply those resources to provide the best possible health care for the most people? Effective April 1, the hospital is scheduling two health care aides in place of one registered nurse during the surgical bedside day shift. For the afternoon shift, one health care aide will replace the RN."
http://www.saultstar.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=16482&catname=Editorials

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Tuesday, December 10, 2002: Canada: Ontario: SAH nursing changes irresponsible: union, Nurses say replacing RNs with health care aides will put patients at risk:"Sault Area Hospital's recent decision to cut registered nurses' bedside time in its surgical department and use health care aides instead is not getting a clean bill of health from local nurses. Starting April 1 a 7.5-hour bedside care day shift now administered by one registered nurse will be carried out by two health care aides, and a 7.5-hour RN evening shift (3-11 p.m.) will be replaced by one health care aid. This decision by the hospital is irresponsible and extremely dangerous to patients, many of whom are in such a condition that they should be closely monitored by a trained professional, charges Glenda Hubley, president of Local 46, Ontario Nurses Association."
http://www.saultstar.com/webapp/sitepages/content.asp?contentid=16260&catname=Local+News

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Thursday December 5, 2002: Canada: Ontario: Virus closes 2nd hospital ward:"A suspected outbreak of Norwalk virus continued to spread misery through the halls of Cambridge Memorial Hospital yesterday, forcing officials to close the general medical ward. "We decided that we should not be admitting anybody else to the medical ward, so it is effectively closed to new admissions and new transfers," said Dr. Verne Glavin, an infectious disease specialist at the hospital.
http://www.therecord.com/news/news_02120583559.html

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November 19, 2002: Canada, Saskatechwan: Herbert-Morse Hospital could close in December:"There is a chance that the Herbert-Morse Hospital could be closed in the middle of December due to a lack of nursing staff. CEO of the Cypress Hills Health District, Andrew Will stated that in order to run a hospital there must be a registered nurse on duty 24 hours a day. One of the nurses now on staff will be leaving in December and this will cause the shortage."
http://www.sasknews.com/papers/story-herbert.shtml?dfl=stories.db&tfl=just-story.ptml&ro1=recno&rf1=265&rt1=265&efl=just-error.ptml&usebrs=true

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November 18, 2002: Canada, Ontario: Avoid emergency rooms if possible: officials:"Health officials with the Quinte Healthcare Corporation are warning the public about a critical shortage of beds at its four hospitals in Eastern Ontario. Hospital official expects things to get even worse during flu season They're asking people to consider alternative forms of care during the busy flu season. If you have to be admitted to hospital after arriving at emergency, head nurse Beverly Townsend says you could "find yourself spending 12 hours, or even 24 hours, on a stretcher in our emergency waiting to access a bed."
http://ottawa.cbc.ca/template/servlet/View?filename=beds021118

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November 18, 2002: Canada, Toronto: Ipsos-Reid Public Opinion Poll: Increase Hiring Budgets, Wages to Resolve Nursing Shortage:"Increasing facility hiring budgets and nurses' salaries are the best options for resolving the nursing shortage, according to an Ipsos-Reid poll presented at the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) Biennial Convention today. "The public understands there is a nursing shortage and that the health care system is in crisis. As well, 93 per cent believe increasing hospital hiring budgets would help resolve the nursing shortage by retaining and attracting nurses, and 89 per cent believe paying nurses more would also be effective."
http://www.newswire.ca/releases/November2002/18/c3070.html

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October 29, 2002: Bilingual services approved River Valley Health to follow languages act, despite price tag:"Fletcher said nursing positions in the ER and the ICU at the Chalmers hospital are usually posted as having a bilingual requirement. That is done despite a severe nursing shortage in the region and across the country. But Morrison said a nurse who applied to a hospital in River Valley Health would never be turned down because he or she was not bilingual. There are lots of other nursing vacancies, she said."
http://canadaeast.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Site=CE&Date=20021029&Category=DGEBRIEF&ArtNo=210290085&Ref=AR&SectionCat=FRONTPAGE

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Nursing Shortage Serious For Seniors:"There is a threat to the health of every older adult in the United States and Canada looming on the horizon. It is not a virus or new type of bacteria that is causing this threat. The threat to health is a result of the increasing shortage of nurses in both countries."
http://seniorhealth.about.com/cs/prevention/a/nurse_shortage.htm

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July 30, 2001: Canada, British Columbia, Vancouver: Tally of B.C. nurses threatening resignation reaches 5,000 mark:"More than 5,000 B.C. nurses have now signed resignation letters, which union representatives say they may submit if the provincial government legislates a settlement to their ongoing labour dispute. The letters are brief, simply stating that the signer is quitting his or her job, effective 28 days after the letter is received. Nurses in the northern community of Prince George started the letter-campaign and submitted 200 letters to union officials last week."
http://www.nationalpost.com/scripts/printer/printer.asp?f=/news/updates/stories/20010729/national-605023.html

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Wed Jun 27, 2001: Canada, Nova Scotia, Halifax: Health workers walk out in Nova Scotia:"Thousands of health-care workers in the Halifax area are walking the picket lines Wednesday. They were up early and promise to stay late – or until Bill 68 forces them back inside. Workers gathered outside the province's largest hospital, the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, at about 6 a.m. Nearly 3,000 people represented by the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union are on a legal strike. They include lab technicians and physiotherapists. Some registered nurses have also joined the pickets. The union asked approximately 2,200 nurses not to cross the picket lines, even though they won't be in a legal position to strike until July 9."
http://cbc.ca/cgi-bin/templates/view.cgi?/news/2001/06/27/ns_strike010627

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Jun. 25, 2001: Canada, Nova Scotia: N.S. health-care workers walk off the job:"Day of protest takes aim at anti-strike bill. Some Nova Scotia health-care workers walked off the job this morning, affecting hospital services. The Canadian Union of Public Employees said it was holding a day of protest against the province's anti-strike bill, which is currently before the legislature. The union represents thousands of workers in all regions of the province except metro Halifax - everyone from licensed practical nurses to janitors. The Cape Breton District Health Authority cancelled non-emergency services such as lab and X-ray work. The authority called the protest an illegal walkout."
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_PrintFriendly&c=Article&cid=993468379767

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Jun. 22, 2001: Canada, Ottowa: Nursing shortage looming, forum warned:"Burnout means mature workers may retire early. A potentially crippling nursing shortage is at hand, a University of Toronto study says, with 17,000 nurses set to retire over the next three years. Dr. Linda Lee O'Brien-Pallas, a University of Toronto professor of nursing, said a work environment has to be created that makes more mature nurses feel they're respected and their work is valued. Otherwise, she said, they'll become part of the exodus, joining the 17,000 leaving from a national workforce of 81,000.
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_PrintFriendly&c=Article&cid=993161101544

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June 21, 2001: Canada, Nova Scotia: N.S. nurses show support for walkouts:"Two unions representing Nova Scotia nurses were in conciliation talks in Halifax hotels on today, but a strike vote for one union showed strong support for a walkout. Early strike vote results from the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, representing 4,400 registered and practical nurses, had seven of nine districts voting between 78 and 91 per cent in favour of a strike. Final results were expected this evening."
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_PrintFriendly&c=Article&cid=993118974789

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National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.:"The following narratives have been written by individual state boards of nursing regarding the significant activities in their respective states related to the nursing shortage. These excerpts do not provide a comprehensive update of the nurse shortage in these states or nationwide. The information is simply intended to share information among Member Boards."
National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Inc.
676 N. St. Clair Street Suite 550 Chicago, Illinois, 60611-2921
Telephone: (312) 787-6555. info@ncsbn.org
http://www.ncsbn.org/news/stateupdates_state_shortage.asp

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Nursing Shortage Serious For Seniors, About.com:"As the population ages the impact of the nursing shortage will be even greater. There is a threat to the health of every older adult in the United States and Canada looming on the horizon. It is not a virus or new type of bacteria that is causing this threat. The threat to health is a result of the increasing shortage of nurses in both countries. Over the last couple of years there have been numerous stories in the press about the magnitude and causes of the shortage. So far solutions for this situation have been few. Additionally this nursing shortage will impact the oldest of citizens the most. Older adults use health care services at a higher rate than do younger people. Advances in medicine and improved nutrition and lifestyle have added years to the average life span. With this longer life comes higher needs for medical services, especially the services of professional nurses."
http://seniorhealth.about.com/cs/prevention/a/nurse_shortage.htm

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The Nurse/Patient Ratio by Genevieve M. Clavreul RN, Ph.D.:"The New Year heralds many things, and this year brings legislation mandating a patient/nurse ratio in California. But after the confetti stops falling, did we get what we want? We now have a panacea for thousands of nurses in California, however, the ratio really can’t be enforced. (At the writing of this article the companion bill for enforcement is stalled in the legislature, having been defeated at least once already). As my children are fond of saying, “why am I not surprised?” Having been a nurse for almost 30 years, most of those years spent in the NICU/PICU, I am used to working with a strict nurse/patient ratio. ICU’s and a few other areas of nursing have always been under the control of an “acuity” system. Actually, all nursing is supposed to be, but we all know this isn’t always the case. For this reason, I knew in my heart that legislating a nurse/patient ratio was probably an exercise in futility."
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=254&wn=1

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Nursing: A Medical Emergency, and Opportunity, hits home by Ronald A. Reis and Karen F. Reis RN:"You’re an RN, and you’ve been at it, administering to the sick and wounded, for months, years, maybe even decades. You’ve got your hands full with 12-hour shifts, high turnover, an often less than supportive work environment, and a stressed-out health care system that is, in places, itself on life-support. What to do? How to keep going? How to make this job, career, meaningful again? How to get out of nursing what you went into it for? How to avoid adding to the national nursing shortage by short-circuiting your own involvement in a noble profession?"
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=253&w

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Preparing for Battle: What YOU can do for YOU, Sicker patients, reduced staffing, longer hours, and increased responsibilities—by Deborah Lynne, RN, BSN:"As Registered Nurses, few of us think of the hospital we work in as a battlefield, or of ourselves as soldiers. But the truth is, there are more similarities than you might think. We show up for our shift each day, not knowing what challenges we might encounter. Our job requires us to be in the moment at all times, and to make split second decisions on the run. What we do or don’t do can mean the difference between life and death. We often work under extreme stress, yet must remain calm and in control. Although there are others who function in a supportive capacity, we are the ones on the frontline."
Working Nurse, Working World Magazine
3600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1526 Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel:(213)385-4781, Fax:(213)385-3782, WorkingNurse@WorkingWorld.com
http://www.workingworld.com/magazine/viewarticle.asp?articleno=255&wn=1

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