Access to Services is an essential component of vibrant communities

Access to registered nurses is an essential component of vibrant communities and optimal health outcomes.


Clear evidence links RN care with better
health outcomes


Full-time RNs, as compared with part-time and casual employees, are closely associated with lower mortality rates, continuity of care and continuity of caregiver for patients, and better morale. Nurse practitioners augment other roles, further improving access to community and hospital-based services.


RNAO Recommendations

Secure an Adequate Supply of Nursing Human Resources

  1. Commit to increasing Ontario’s RN workforce by an additional 9,000 general class FTEs by 2015.
  2. Fund 350 additional primary, adult and paediatric nurse practitioner positions in each of the next four years – and an additional 10 NP-anaesthesia positions a year to staff community health centres, public health, long-term care homes, community care access centres, NP-led clinics, hospitals (including inpatient, outpatient and emergency), family health teams, home care and other community services.