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Nurses make up the largest professional group in Canada's health care workforce and are an integral part of the Canadian health care system. CIHI produces reports and analyses on wide-ranging issues affecting today's nursing workforce using data from the Health Workforce Database.

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Nursing information

 Reports and analyses
 Databases and data sources
 Metadata
 Methodology
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Reports and analyses

Databases and data sources

CIHI's Health Workforce Database includes data for the 3 groups of regulated nursing professionals in Canada:

  • Registered nurses (RNs), including nurse practitioners (NPs)
  • Licensed practical nurses (LPNs)
  • Registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs)

The Health Workforce Database contains demographic, education and employment information on 31 groups of health professionals, including RNs/NPs, LPNs and RPNs in Canada.

The RN/NP and LPN data contains pan-Canadian demographic, education and employment information on RNs/NPs and LPNs in Canada. The RPN data contains the same information from the 4 western provinces. RPNs are regulated separately in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and Yukon. Data collected by CIHI does not include RPNs in Yukon. The data is collected under the terms of agreements with the provincial/territorial regulating authorities for the licensure of each type of nurse.

Metadata

Metadata is information about data. It helps users understand and interpret data from a specific source.

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Methodology

Provincial/territorial regulatory authorities are responsible for data collection, which occurs during the annual registration process. The data file is submitted to us in a standardized format.

Not all data elements collected from the registration forms are sent to us. Each authority collects additional information for its own administrative or research purposes, apart from the elements outlined in the agreement.

We organize all the data we receive and calculate variables by combining data elements. For example, Birth Year is subtracted from Data Year to create the variable Age.