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Open Access Registered Nurses Working Alone in Rural and Remote Canada Les infirmières autorisées exerçant seules dans les régions rurales et éloignées du Canada

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This paper describes the demographics of Registered Nurses (RNs) who work alone in rural and remote Canada, their workplaces, and the benefits and challenges of this unique nursing employment situation. Data presented are from a national survey, one of 4 principal approaches used in conducting the project The Nature of Nursing Practice in Rural and Remote Canada. Of the total survey sample, 412 nurses (11.5 %) were employed as the only RN in their work setting. Variables of interest included level of education, employment setting, and regional distribution of workplaces. An exploration of predictors of work satisfaction confirmed previous research findings with respect to the importance of continuing education and face-to-face contact with colleagues. Findings from this analysis may inform policy decisions regarding the employment of RNs in rural and remote Canada.

Ce document examine les données démographiques sur les infirmières autorisées (IA) qui exercent seules dans les régions rurales et éloignées du Canada, leurs lieux de travail, ainsi que les avantages et les défis présentés par cette situation d'emploi unique. Les données sont tirées d'une enquête d'envergure nationale, une des quatre grandes approches utilisées pour mener le projet The Nature of Nursing Practice in Rural and Remote Canada (La pratique infirmière en régions éloignées et rurales du Canada). Sur l'échantillon total de l'enquête, 412 infirmières (11,5 %) étaient employées comme seules infirmières autorisées dans leur milieu de travail. Les variables d'intérêts sont notamment le niveau d'instruction, le milieu d'emploi et la répartition régionale des lieux de travail. Une analyse des prédicteurs de la satisfaction au travail confirme les résultats de recherches antérieures soulignant l'importance de la formation continue et du contact direct avec des collègues. Les résultats de cette analyse pourraient aider les pouvoirs publics à prendre des décisions relatives à l'emploi des IA dans les régions rurales et éloignées du Canada.


Language: French

Document Type: Short Communication

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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