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The growing role of Practical Nurses

New Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)  data  paints a picture of rapid change in nursing in Ontario, especially for Practical Nurses (called "RPNs" in Ontario and "LPNs" elsewhere).  Here is a summary of the most interesting data from those charts concerning Ontario.
The rapid increase in the Ontario RPN workforce (52.3% increase since 2005, and 5.6% in 2014)The rapidly increasing ratio of RPNs to RNs: Working RPNs are now at 38.1% of the number of working RNs in Ontario, up from only 27.3% only a decade agoWhile growth is much less marked, the RN workforce does continue to increase in Ontario – 9.2% since 2005 and 1.6% in 2014 aloneThe very rapid increase in RPNs who graduated from college within the last ten yearsThe declining average age of RPNs and the increasing age of RNsThe percentage of “full time” employment (as defined by the employer) increased for RNs but was fairly flat for RPNs over 2005-2014.…