Nursing teachers in Canada and the United States have been struggling to teach the basics of the nursing profession.
In Canada, a shortage of trained nurses has led to a shortage in the nursing workforce.
The United States, on the other hand, has more nurses than there are doctors and dentists.
But that doesn’t mean the Canadian nursing profession is stuck with an understaffed workforce.
Instead, the Canadian government has put a focus on nursing educators and has set a goal to have 25,000 nurses by 2020.
It’s a goal that the Association of Registered Nurses (ARA) says is feasible.
The ARA is part of the Association for Registered Nurse Education (ARN).
“I don’t think we’ve really done enough to get to that level yet,” said ARA president David O’Connell.
The problem is that nurses have the lowest retention rate of any demographic in the profession.
“The nursing workforce is really young, and they are looking for people to learn in a new setting,” said O’Connor.
That’s why ARA, the union that represents more than 10,000 nurse educators in Canada, wants to change that.
The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) is currently working with a team of researchers to identify ways to improve retention rates in the Canadian workforce.
While that’s a difficult task, the group hopes to develop an education and retention program to improve the retention rates of nursing teachers.
“It’s a big part of our job, and we’re trying to figure out how to best get our nurses to stay with us,” said CNA president Heather McManus.
One way the group is trying to make it happen is by recruiting nurses to teach in the United Kingdom.
“We have nurses here who have been working in England and they’ve got a really good retention rate,” said McManis.
The nurses who come from England are not only better educated than those who come to Canada, they also tend to work a little bit longer hours.
“I think there is a bit of a gap in our nursing workforce,” said MacManus, “so I think we need to recruit more nurses from England to be able to fill that gap.”
With a workforce that is still growing at a rapid pace, that’s not going to happen overnight.
“In the next five to 10 years we’re going to need a lot more nurses,” said Tovey.
“So if you’re in a nursing school and you’re thinking about moving into the nursing industry, I would encourage you to make sure you’re going into the right place.”
This story was produced by The Current’s Katie Loomis and Alana Vavrek.
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