Aging nurses spell trouble

By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/17/2005

A massive nursing shortage is in the making, as one out of three nurses in Canada is 50 years or older and eligible to retire in the next five years, according to a recent report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

“This is continuing a trend that we’ve been seeing for a number of years,” said Paul Sajan, a consultant managing the nursing database at the institute, an Ottawa-based, independent, not-for-profit provider of health information.

The institute’s nursing workforce figures are derived from comprehensive data submitted yearly by the regulatory bodies from all provinces and include all the regulated nursing professions: registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and registered psychiatric nurses. Not counted in the database are aides and orderlies.