New Nursing Positions Throughout BC
Prince George, B.C.- “Nurses are often the first point of contact for patients in the health care system” says Minister of Health, Terry Lake. With that in mind, 1643 new nursing positions have been created.
The Province is launching a comprehensive recruitment campaign to fill those positions by the end of March. Lake says it will be difficult to know how many nurses will come from within B.C. but the B.C. Nurses Union says nearly 7,000 nurses are working as “casuals” today in B.C. and she called on those casuals to apply for full time positions.
It is expected 100 nursing positions will be dedicated for Northern Health.
“This agreement means relief is on the way” says BC Nurses Union President Gayle Duteil, who says many nurses are working 16 hour shifts. “More nurses, over 1600 new positions throughout B.C. means more patients will have safer care”.