Number of nurses in Canada climbing slowly

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The number of regulated nurses employed in nursing in Canada grew by more than 15,000 in the four years between 2003 and 2006, reaching 325,299. This represents a growth of 5% in the number of nurses compared to a 3% growth in the Canadian population over the same time period, according to a new report released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). When broken down by nursing group, the latest numbers show that in 2006 there were 772 registered nurses (RNs) per 100,000 Canadians, 205 licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and 51 registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs). RPNs are educated and regulated only in the four Western provinces. The report, Highlights From the Regulated Nursing Workforce in Canada, 2006, offers a comprehensive look at the workforce trends of the largest group of regulated health care providers in the country.  To read the full press release.