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Canada Nursing Job Outlook and Salary

The United States is not the only country currently affected by a major nursing shortage. Canada is also feeling the resource stretch. The CNA predicts a shortage of 78,000 registered nurses by 2011, and as much as 113,000 by 2016.  

One major contribution to this shortage is a lack of nursing educators. A bachelor degree has become the standard for nursing in Canada, and not enough teachers means not enough qualified nurses to fill up the job openings currently available. As a result, many nurses in Canada are turning to outside sources like online degrees to complete their education. On the plus side, well-educated nurses have the opportunity to find a great job not just as a working nurse, but also with colleges and universities as a nursing professor.

Although all employment rates across the board have naturally been affected by problems in the economy, nurses continue to be in as high demand as ever: the unemployment rate for registered nurses tends to register around 2-3% , quite low compared to 8.4% for the general workforce.  Nurses in Canada can also look forward to a desirable salary. Unions like the Ontario Nurses Asssociation  work hard to keep wages at premium levels, and it shows. New RNs in their first year of nursing usually make between $30,000 and $55,000, according to PayScale, but with experience nurses can make up to $80,000.

Nursing Degrees & Education in Canada

Thinking of becoming a nurse in Canada? You wouldn't be the first – since 1617, Canada has had a fine tradition of nursing care.  With a degree or diploma in nursing, you could be the latest entry in the record books.

Canada is a vast stretch of land with extremely varied terrain, from bustling metropolis of Vancouver to the rugged Arctic tundras of the Yukon Territory. As such, the opportunities available for nurses are equally varied and exciting. In the big cities of the South, the choices are nearly limitless, ranging from quiet doctors' offices to high-tech hospitals. Up in the Northern territories, there is a large calling for nurses in the community health centers – many of which are run entirely and independently by nurses.  

Canadian health care works through a publicly-funded system, which links hospitals and clinics through federal standards. There are other links, however, which also serve to strengthen the power and community of nurses within the country. One such link is The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) , a federation of eleven provincial and territorial nurses' associations which supports registered nurses and advocates for quality health care and public policy.