Good news to help alleviate the nursing shortage in BC.
Health Minister Terry Lake and President of the BC Nurses Union Gayle Duteil are announcing plans to hire more than 1600 additional nurses by the end of March.
As far as recruitment targets, Fraser Health is aiming to hire 400 more nurses, Interior Health 300, Island health 290, and Northern Health 100.
“Nurses are important, highly-skilled members of health care teams throughout British Columbia, and today’s announcement acknowledges their integral role in the health system,” says Health Minister Terry Lake.
“Over the past year, we have been working closely with nurses to make health care improvements that benefit both patients and staff. We are confident this spirit of partnership will continue as we work together on a new collective agreement that meets the goals of nurses, health authorities and the Province.”
Casual nurses urged to apply
Duteil says nurses are coping with overwhelming workloads, along with staffing shortages in ERs and operating rooms.
“I urge nurses who are working casual and who want a permanent position to send an email today to: firstname.lastname@example.org. BCNU is supporting the hiring process by providing a first point of contact for all qualified nurses.”
The Province says HEABC and BCNU will contract with HealthMatch BC to work in partnership with the health authorities on a recruitment campaign.
The addition of more than 1600 new nurses ends a labour conflict between the Nurses union and the province.
In 2014 the BC Nurses Union ended contract talks with the province accusing it of violating the collective agreement and its pledge to add 2,125 full time nurses.
The two sides were headed to arbitration.
However this ends the dispute with the province finally following through on its obligation.