The provincial government of New Brunswick released a study recommending the recruitment of internationally educated nurses as part of its Nursing Resource Strategy.
NEW BRUNSWICK NURSING RESOURCE STRATEGY RECOMMENDS RECRUITING FOREIGN NURSES
The study states that in order to meet the growing demand for health services and longterm care in the province, the recruitment of internationally educated nurses must be considered.
New Brunswick’s population is aging at a faster rate than any other province in Canada, in what the study calls critical, with a greater percentage of the population over 65 years old than anywhere else in the country.
NEW BRUNSWICK POPULATION AGING AT A FASTER RATE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN CANADA
In New Brunswick, 41% of Registered Nurses are 50 years old and over.
The province’s nursing programs are suffering from a decline of enrolment, which is being exacerbated by the number of students dropping out at 30%.
At this rate, the province will have a shortfall of 130 nurses each year for the next decade.
NEW BRUNSWICK TO NEED MORE THAN 1300 NEW NURSES BY 2028
By 2028, New Brunswick will beed more than 1,300 registered nurses. The study recommends four solutions to address the nursing shortage, including the recruitment of internationally educated nurses.
Internationally educated nurses from countries that have similar nursing standards, competencies and credentials should be recruited to offset the shortfall, the study recommends.
The study also recommend the identification of barriers to allow more qualified foreign nurses to apply, as well as establishing programs to help foreign nurses find work in the province’s healthcare industry while they are waiting to be accredited in the province.
GOVERNMENT TO WORK WITH NURSES ASSOCIATION TO ADDRESS SHORTAGE
The study suggests offering full-time and part-time employment to nursing graduates and registered nurses with a signing bonus in exchange for committing to staying in the province for at least three years.
In a statement, Minister of Health Hugh Fleming said that New Brunswick will continue to suffer a shortage of qualified nurses unless steps were taken immediately.
The Nurses Association of New Brunswick echoes the minister’s remarks, saying that it will support efforts to address the shortage.
The province’s minister for Education, Training and Labour, Trevor Holder, stated that the government is already putting a number of the recommendations into place.
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