Abstract

This article presents the results of a nursing survey of cardiac care hospitals undertaken by a Cardiac Care Network of Ontario Consensus Panel on Cardiovascular Human Resources. The focus of the Panel was to identify areas of current or pending shortages in human resources and make recommendations to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care about human resource management in adult cardiac care in Ontario. The article presents the number and mix of full-time, part-time and casual nursing staff, the age distribution of RNs, and the number of vacant Registered Nurse (RN) positions for a sample of cardiac care hospitals in Ontario. Next a sample of Chief Nursing Officer opinions about factors contributing to current difficulties in recruiting RNs and the outlook for future shortages are presented. Implications for nurse managers are offered, including development of new recruitment and retention strategies, identification of further efficiencies in care provision, and a need for nurse manager involvement in debates about the future of how health care is provided in Canada.

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