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Table 8 Reasons for coming to work in primary work community by region of primary employment

From: Nurses who work in rural and remote communities in Canada: a national survey

Came to work in primary work community for the following reasons Atlantic
n (%)
QC
n (%)
ON
n (%)
MB/SK
n (%)
AB/BC
n (%)
Territories
n (%)
Total
N (%)
Location of community 530 (56.6) 122 (41.1) 240 (59.0) 512 (62.1) 376 (59.2) 278 (46.6) 2 058 (55.7)
Interest in practice setting 490 (52.3) 105 (35.4) 215 (52.8) 438 (53.2) 332 (52.3) 391 (65.6) 1 971 (53.3)
Income 463 (49.4) 81 (27.3) 161 (39.6) 364 (44.2) 231 (36.4) 368 (61.7) 1 668 (45.1)
Family or friends 409 (43.6) 184 (62.0) 178 (43.7) 397 (48.2) 241 (38.0) 144 (24.2) 1 553 (42.0)
Lifestyle 342 (36.5) 146 (49.2) 147 (36.1) 273 (33.1) 255 (40.2) 280 (47.0) 1 443 (39.0)
Flexibility of work 267 (28.5) 61 (20.5) 119 (29.2) 249 (30.2) 175 (27.6) 196 (32.9) 1 067 (28.9)
Benefits 324 (34.6) 107 (36.0) 95 (23.3) 196 (23.8) 135 (21.3) 196 (32.9) 1 053 (28.5)
Advanced practice opportunities 184 (19.6) 36 (12.1) 67 (15.5) 151 (18.3) 110 (17.3) 293 (49.2) 841 (22.8)
Spouse employment/transfer 148 (15.8) 37 (12.5) 79 (19.4) 209 (25.4) 156 (24.6) 115 (19.3) 744 (20.1)
Career advancement 186 (19.9) 43 (14.5) 62 (15.2) 131 (15.9) 100 (15.7) 188 (31.5) 710 (19.2)
Others 35 (3.7) 10 (3.4) 19 (4.7) 31 (3.8) 34 (5.4) 17 (2.9) 146 (4.0)
Total sample 937 297 407 824 635 596 3 696
  1. This survey question was “mark all that apply,” so percentages will not add to 100