Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Background
  • In Canada, more than 16 million nursing hours are lost to injury and illness annually.
  • Nurses have a substantially higher rate of absenteeism than the national average .32
  • This enormous tally of lost hours due to illness and injury, much of which could be prevented, translates into almost 9,000 full-time nursing positions lost across Canada each year.
  • A number of underlying factors contribute to this situation over and above the current shortage of staff, including the type of work nurses do and the environments in which they practice. 
  • Creating and maintaining healthy workplaces will be critical if nurses are to be successfully recruited and retained.
  • Recommendations regarding the health, safety and well-being of nurses, express the belief that the foundation of nurse wellness within the context of professional practice is strengthened by connectedness.