Six New Nursing Staff for South Peace

DAWSON CREEK – Dawson Creek and Pouce Coupe will have six new nursing staff this summer, announced Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom.

According to Northern Health, two full-time University of Northern British Columbia graduates will be working in Dawson Creek and will be joined by three undergraduate nursing students for summer employment.

Pouce Coupe will also be served by a nursing student this summer.

“This is great news for health care and patients in the South Peace,”

said Lekstrom. “I have spoken to nurses and other health care professionals in these communities many times and they have told me that they need more staffing to continue to provide the same kind of excellent care British Columbians have come to expect.”

For the third year in a row, Northern Health has hired the majority of nursing graduates from UNBC. More than 100 nursing students will be employed in Northern Health facilities this summer. NH works closely with educational facilities in the region to provide students with hands-on job training as they complete their studies.

“We know that our province is currently facing a nursing shortage due to the fact that the NDP did not create a single new nursing seat in universities during the 90s,” says Lekstrom. “In contrast, our government recognized the need to train additional nurses and as a result have created 2,511 new nurse training spaces, a 62 per cent increase.”

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Visit Blair’s Web site at www.blairlekstrommla.bc.ca

Contact: Matt MacInnis, Caucus Communications, 250-356-1539