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British Columbia Will Create 1,600 New Nursing Positions In 2016

British Columbia Will Create 1,600 New Nursing Positions In 2016

Just one month after the B.C. Nurses’ Union president issued a warning of the health care system approaching a crisis, the provincial government has answered the call by partnering with the union and creating approximately 1,634 new regular nursing positions across British Columbia.

The near crisis stemmed from a serious shortage of nurses, something the new partnership will tackle head-on.

“To nurses who are trying to provide safe patient care while working short in ERs and operating rooms, and nurses who cope with overwhelming workloads, this agreement means that relief is on the way,” said Gayle Duteil, president of the BCNU. “I urge nurses who are working casual and who want a permanent position to send an email today to: [email protected]. BCNU is supporting the hiring process by providing a first point of contact for all qualified nurses.”

The province plans to spend $500,000 on recruitment, and estimates that up to 7,000 nurses who currently work as casuals are eligible to apply for the new jobs.

The positions are expected to be posted by March 31, with recruit targets as follows:

  • Fraser Health: 400.
  • Interior Health: 300.
  • Island Health: 290.
  • Northern Health: 100.
  • Providence Health Care: 80.
  • Provincial Health Services Authority: 238.
  • Vancouver Coastal Health: 235.

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