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Snapshot of the Registered Nursing Workforce in B.C (2014)

Clinical Area Statistic   Clinical Area Statistic
Medical/Surgical 26.1% Public Health 4.2%
Geriatric/Long-term Care 9.4% Ambulatory Care 3.5%
Critical Care 8.9% Nursing in several clinical areas 2.4%
Emergency Care 8.3% Pediatric 2.3%
Operating Room/Recovery Room 7.4% Oncology 2.0%
Maternal/Newborn 6.7% Rehabilitation 1.5%
Community Health 6.7% Occupational Health 0.8%
Psychiatric/Mental Health 5.0% Telehealth 0.5%
Home Care 4.2% Other Direct Care 0
   * Canadian Institute of Health Information. (2015). Data Tables: Registered Nurses, 2014.