Media Advisory: Strategy needed to keep mid-career nurses in profession

TORONTO, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - Recent health-care figures point to the need for a strategy that will keep more mid-career nurses in the profession. According to the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) statistics compiled by the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) show a dramatic decrease in the share of nurses aged 35-49.

Doris Grinspun, executive director of RNAO says the drop in mid-career nurses is a worrisome trend and means attention must be focused on this group to ensure the expertise of these RNs is retained for the benefit of patients in Ontario's health-care system. Grinspun says her association is so concerned about the problem it is holding a mid-career nursing conference this week to examine what support these nurses need to keep them working in our province.

    WHAT:     Mid-Career Nurse Symposium

    WHERE:    Hyatt Hotel, 370 King Street West, Toronto

    WHEN:     Thursday, February 25, 2010 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    WHO:      -  Vanessa Burkoski, Chief Nursing Officer, Ministry of Health
                 and Long-Term Care
              -  Doris Grinspun, Executive Director, Registered Nurses'
                 Association of Ontario (RNAO)
              -  Linda McGillis Hall, University of Toronto (author of "Stuck
                 in the Middle: Addressing the needs of Mid-Career Nurses in

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario is the professional association representing registered nurses in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses' contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

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SOURCE Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

For further information: For further information: To arrange an interview with Ms. Grinspun or any of the nurses involved in the conference, please contact: Marion Zych, Director of Communications, Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO), 158 Pearl Street, Toronto, ON, (416) 408-5605 (office), (647) 406-5605 (cellular)

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