Northern Health is working hard to welcome new nurses into practice opportunities across Northern British Columbia. For the third year in a row, NH has hired the majority of nursing graduates from the University of Northern British Columbia. Northern Health has also hired undergraduate nursing students for summer employment in health facilities across Northern BC.
?Our government has made important strides in increasing training spaces for health professionals,? said Health Minister George Abbott. ?Northern BC has benefited and will continue to benefit from our investments in nursing and physician education, helping to ensure that health professionals trained in the North stay in the North.?
45 newly-graduated nurses from UNBC will fill positions in Kitimat, Dawson Creek, Quesnel, Prince George, and Vanderhoof. NH is still working on three additional applications. The 119 nursing students hired to summer positions will provide important support to patient care within the scope of their skills, while gaining on-the-job experience.
Northern Health works closely with educational institutions across the region to provide hands-on training for future health professionals as they complete their studies.
Northern Health has set the recruitment of qualified health professionals as a key priority. The health region has a variety of recruitment and retention programs to make sure that new personnel offset expected retirements over the next decade.
Yesterday, Health Minister Abbott announced an extra $26 million for the B.C. Nursing Strategy to educate, recruit and retain more nurses. This is on top of $120 million invested since 2001. Over five years, the province has added more than 2,500 nurse training spaces? a 62 per cent increase.