Our mission is to develop, conduct
and disseminate research that focuses on design, management, utilization,
outcomes and provision of nursing.
1997, the MOHLTC approached the NRU with the suggestion of completing a health
human resource (HHR) planning framework and program for Ontario. As a result of
the Nursing Task Force (1999) recommendations in “Good Nursing, Good Health:
An Investment for the 21st Century”, the MOHLTC awarded the NRU
additional funding from 1999-2004 to assist in monitoring the impact of the
Nursing Task Force recommendations.
This led to an expanded role for the NRU and an additional purpose.
Our purpose is three-fold:
1. To investigate the
appropriate supply, distribution and deployment of nurses and how to enable
nurses to meet their responsibilities as a result of restructuring in the health
care system. This purpose examines:
- nursing human resources
planning and modeling
- nursing skill requirement
- need and preparation required
for advanced nursing practice
- strategies to reduce system
barriers to evidence-based practice
- the effect of technological
advances on delivery of nursing care
- access and barriers to nursing
services in the community
2. To determine methods to
maintain quality while realizing funding efficiencies in the health care system.
This purpose examines:
- health outcomes related to
alternative providers and multidisciplinary practice
- the effects of nursing staff
mix (RN, RPN) & the numbers on patient care outcomes
- the appropriate use and role
of unregulated health care workers
- factors which facilitate an
efficient and cost-effective nursing service
- the effects of downsizing of
medical schools and reduction in residents on nursing
the MOHLTC with the basic information needed to make necessary changes to HHR
practices in Ontario.