The Healthcare Standard

Want More Nurses? Give More Graduates Permanent Jobs, Nurses Union Says

If the province wants more nurses working in New Brunswick, it has to create more permanent positions, the president of the nurses union says.

The New Brunswick government unveiled its 10-year nursing strategy on Tuesday, seeking to fix the province’s nursing shortage.

The province aims to add 130 nurses a year over the next 10 years. The strategy also focuses on attracting and accommodating internationally trained nurses and providing better education opportunities for students at home.

On Tuesday, Health Minister Flemming said 21 “action items” in the new nursing strategy will guide government decisions.

Paula Doucet of the New Brunswick Nurses Union says she’s spoken with graduates hired in New Brunswick, and they’re in casual positions, where they don’t have a consistent schedule or paid benefits.

“That is less attractive to new graduates sometimes, verses a permanent position being offered to them,” she said in an interview with Information Morning Fredericton.

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