Nursing is a ‘top priority’ for the head of health-care recruitment in NS

Nursing is a ‘top priority’ for the head of health-care recruitment in NS

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Nursing is a ‘top priority’ for the head of health-care recruitment in NS

The CEO of Nova Scotia’s new Office of Health Care Professionals said nursing posts are one of their top priorities.

Dr. Although Kevin Orell has been working in the sector for decades, recent meetings with health workers about current working conditions have been enlightening.

“I think it’s amazing how much workers are trying to do their best in a system that doesn’t help them,” said Orrell, who traveled with Premier Tim Houston and Health Minister Michelle Thompson as part of their last round of discussions. Month.

The numbers released by Orrell’s office show the number of registered nurses accounting for half of the vacant posts in Nova Scotia, 1,086 openings.

There are still 309 vacancies between licensed clinical nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing posts at IWK Health Center in Halifax.

Orel said the number of openings was staggering and decisive.

“I think nursing is a top priority. It’s a tragic event for nurses who are so disillusioned that they have to leave early in their careers than people who have entered the system and worked as nurses in the past,” she said.

Leaving work just to get a day off

Janet Hazelton, president of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, said one of the most important things for employees is to take a day off. The nurses worked for months without authorizing any leave because there was no one to replace them.

“I know a young nanny quitting her full-time job and going casual, so she’s got no time in the summer because she can take time off,” she said, adding that others are doing the same.

Orrell said his office is trying to identify every casual nurse who wants to do the opposite and give them contracts to become full-time employees to fill the gap. He said there will be a bonus on the table.

“That’s part of the office’s interest — inviting people to come in and take a full-time job to encourage them in one way or another, to live in Nova Scotia, get housing and take care of their families,” he said.

Orrell’s comments came as the Liberals presented the bill on Wednesday, calling for monthly reports on the number of health-care posts and new beginnings.

Liberals say PCs are ‘promising concrete numbers’

“We have long-standing vacancies in the system,” said Achc Churchill, who served as health minister in the former Liberal government and is now the official opposition health critic.

He said progressive conservatives “promised concrete numbers” and that regular reporting would make them accountable.

Asked why he didn’t do so when he led the health department, he said liberals promised to be transparent about patient attachment and consequently create a primary care waiting list.

Houston quickly rejected the Liberal bill.

“I’m more interested in making sure people get access to health care,” he said.

Houston said her government is transparent and that if people want numbers, they can ask.

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