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More nurses being hired in P.E.I.

The Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union (NSNU) commends the government-appointed Expert Advisory Panel on Long Term Care (LTC) for acknowledging that the system is in crisis, short-staffed, and in need of immediate change.
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Health P.E.I. is recruiting for about 80 permanent and temporary nursing position vacancies.

The province is hiring more nurses under a new incentive program, increasing the number of nurse practitioners and providing a new program to help internationally educated nurses to practice in P.E.I.

Since January, 12 new registered nurse graduates were hired for permanent, full-time positions under the government’s new nursing recruitment program. Another 40 or more graduates will be offered positions under the program this spring.

The government is also investing about $300,000 to hire five new full-time nurse practitioners. Four will support large family practices in the Queens County region, and one will support the provincial gastroenterology service to follow-up and monitor patients.

In addition, the province has launched a new RN Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) to support registered nurses who were educated outside of Canada to get the training they require to practise nursing in P.E.I.

For more information on nursing and careers in health care, visit princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/jobs-health-care.

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