Number of RN graduates in Canada reaches record level

November 13, 2012

The number of graduates of entry-to-practice registered nurse (RN) programs has increased steadily in the past decade, according to a new report from the Canadian Nurses Association and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. There were 10,827 graduates in 2011, up by 6.9% from 2010 and a record high. The report notes that in 2010-11, 15,370 students entered entry-to-practice programs, down by 1.5% from 2009-10 and the first dip in 10 years. Following a significant drop in 2008, the number of students admitted to nurse practitioner (NP) programs increased in 2008-09 and in 2009-10. It remained steady in 2010-11, with 465 entering NP programs. The report also observes that nearly 40% of permanent RN faculty members are 55 or older, suggesting additional qualified faculty are needed if growing enrolment rates are maintained. Canadian Nurses Association News Release | Report