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Open Access A Profile of Registered Nurses in Rural and Remote Canada Un portrait des infirmières autorisées dans les régions rurales et éloignées du Canada

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Abstract:

Research on nursing practice issues in rural and remote areas of Canada is very limited. This report describes the method and initial results of a comprehensive survey of registered nurses (RNs) practising outside the commuting zones of large urban centres, designed to determine: who practises nursing in rural and remote Canada; the nature and scope of their nursing practice; and their satisfaction with their work, community, and practice supports. Using a mailed questionnaire with persistent follow-up, the data-collection frame included a stratified random sample of rural RNs and the full population of RNs who worked in the northern territories and outpost ("remote") settings. The analyses focus on regional comparisons of demographics and primary work settings and on provincial comparisons of satisfaction levels related to work and community. The survey is part of a larger multi-method project intended to inform policy on rural nursing practice in Canada.

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La recherche sur les questions relatives à la pratique infirmière dans les régions rurales et éloignées du Canada est très limitée. Ce rapport décrit la méthodologie et les premiers résultats d'une étude approfondie sur les infirmières autorisées (IA) qui exercent leur profession en dehors des aires de migration alternantes des grands centres urbains. Cette étude visait à déterminer qui dispense les soins infirmiers dans les régions rurales et éloignées du Canada; la nature et l'envergure de la pratique infirmière; la satisfaction professionnelle des infirmières et le soutien dont elles bénéficient au sein de la communauté et de leur profession. L'étude a été effectuée par voie de questionnaire envoyé par la poste avec suivi constant; les données ont été collectées à partir d'un échantillonnage aléatoire stratifié des infirmières autorisées des régions rurales et de toutes les infirmières autorisées qui travaillent dans les Territoires du Nord et les postes (régions) isolés. L'analyse est fondée sur des comparaisons régionales des données démographiques et du cadre de travail principal ainsi que sur des comparaisons provinciales des niveaux de satisfaction par rapport au travail et à la collectivité. L'étude s'inscrit dans le cadre d'un projet multiméthodes plus large visant à informer les pouvoirs publics sur la pratique des soins infirmiers dans les régions rurales du Canada.

Keywords: COMMUNITY SATISFACTION; JOB SATISFACTION; NURSES; REMOTE; RURAL

Language: French

Document Type: Abstract

Publication date: 2005-01-01

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