In the years ahead, we know the pressures on our health system will only continue to grow. With an aging population and increasingly complex patient needs, we must make sure we have the right mix of health professionals to tackle the challenges of today and prepare for those of tomorrow.
Right now, impending shortages of certain categories of nurses and other health professionals pose a significant threat to the future of healthcare in Ontario. While the number of RPNs in Ontario continues to grow each year, our province is currently experiencing a shortage of Registered Nurses (RNs) and Personal Support Workers (PSWs).
With large numbers of RNs nearing the age of retirement and challenges recruiting and retaining PSWs, data suggests that without intervention these shortages will only worsen.
If we are going to address hallway health care, now is the time to act to ensure we have the right mix of skilled health professionals to care for the people of Ontario. We have a many RPNs who are interested and ready to help fill this gap. Now, we need government to take action to expand opportunities for nurses to career ladder to RN, if they choose.