POLL: Four in Five (81%) Canadians Believe Nurses Should be Assessed Using a Test Based on Canadian Requirements

IpsosMost Canadians Do Not Agree that it is Appropriate that Canadian Nurses Must Write a Non-Canadian Entry-to-Practice Exam to Practice in Canada

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Ottawa, ON – Four in five Canadians (80%) believe that nurses, like other Canadian health professionals, should be assessed using a test that is based on Canadian requirements.

Half (53%) of Canadians agree that it is not appropriate that Canadian nurses practicing in Canada must write a non-Canadian entry-to-practice exam, while a further quarter (21%) do not know if this requirement is appropriate. Only one in four (26%) agree that it is appropriate for Canada’s nurses to write a non-Canadian exam.

Most (81%) say that Canadian nurses provide high quality care to patients. Three in five (59%) Canadians agree that other countries seek to hire Canadian-trained nurses, while only one in ten (10%) think that American nurses are better trained than Canadian nurses.

Three in five Canadians (58%) agree they are concerned that Canadian nursing students and schools will have to focus more on preparing for this new test than on learning the competencies identified by nursing bodies in Canada (only 5% disagree that this is a concern, 22% don’t know).

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between September 21st and 24th, 2015 on behalf of the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing. For this survey, a sample of 1,005 adults from Ipsos’ Canadian online panel was interviewed online. Weighting was then employed to balance demographics to ensure that the sample’s composition reflects that of the adult population according to Census data and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is accurate to within +/ – 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadian adults been polled. The credibility interval will be wider among subsets of the population. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error.

For more information on this news release, please contact:

Mike Colledge, CAPOR
President, Canadian Public Affairs
Ipsos Public Affairs
(613) 688-7971

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