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The response of nurses to the pandemic has been unprecedented. However, as the pandemic has shed light on multiple vulnerabilities within the Canadian health care system, it also has laid bare a range of nursing workforce issues that are longstanding and severe, and that they contribute to the critical nursing shortages impacting access for care.

This report aims to identify and better understand factors that have contributed to longstanding nursing shortages in Canada and worldwide, and to develop recommendations to aid in preventing further attrition of Canadian nurses from point of care roles in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

On May 26, at 12:00 pm EDT, the RSC is hosting an hour-long free virtual Town Hall convening the authors of this report to discuss key challenges facing nurses to help Canada through, and beyond, the pandemic.

Register here for this FREE event today. 


Tara Sampalli, Senior Scientific Director, Research, Innovation and Discovery, Nova Scotia Health Authority. Improvement Leader, SdL Program, Assistant Professor, Medical Informatics, Dalhousie University


Gail Tomblin-Murphy, Vice-President of Research, Innovation and Discovery and Chief Nurse Executive, Nova Scotia Health Authority

Linda Silas, President, Nurses Unions (CFNU)

Carey McCarthy, Nursing and Midwifery Focal Point, Health Workforce Department, World Health Organization

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