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Canada faces nurse shortage

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 15 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1030
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    Canada is in the grip of a serious shortage of registered nurses that by all accounts will grow worse in years to come. The most comprehensive national study, published by the Canadian Nurses Association, predicts a shortage in Canada (except Quebec) of between 59000 and 113000 by 2011.

    Quebec, which has a nurses association separate from the Canadian Nurses Association, predicts its own shortage of 11000 nurses between 2001 and 2015. The Canadian Nurses Association's study was based on figures up to 1997, and its predictions are now considered conservative.

    The latest (1998) figures—released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (a national, not for profit organisation), the Canadian Nurses Association, and Statistics …

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