Registered Nurses Working Alone in Rural and Remote Canada


  • Mary Ellen Andrews
  • Norma J. Stewart
  • J. Roger Pitblado
  • Debra G. Morgan
  • Dorothy Forbes
  • Carl D'Arcy


This paper describes the demographics of Registered Nurses (RNs) who work alone in rural and remote Canada, their workplaces, and the benefits and challenges of this unique nursing employment situation. Data presented are from a national survey, one of 4 principal approaches used in conducting the project The Nature of Nursing Practice in Rural and Remote Canada. Of the total survey sample, 412 nurses (11.5 %) were employed as the only RN in their work setting. Variables of interest included level of education, employment setting, and regional distribution of workplaces. An exploration of predictors of work satisfaction confirmed previous research findings with respect to the importance of continuing education and face-to-face contact with colleagues. Findings from this analysis may inform policy decisions regarding the employment of RNs in rural and remote Canada.