CNA President Says Recruiting Nurses from Other Provinces Will Not Solve Canada’s Staff Shortage Problem
The Canadian Nurses Association has claimed recruiting new nurses from other provinces will not solve the issues in Ontario and that the focus needs to be shifted to retaining the already employed nurses. This comes after Premier Doug Ford announced last week that the province will start recognizing the credentials of healthcare workers from other provinces.
Sylvain Brousseau, the president of the Canadian Nurses Association, said, “We know that nurses are facing inadequate working conditions, and that is the main reason many are leaving their jobs. If working conditions and retention are not the focus, the new nurses recruited from other provinces may find themselves wanting to leave their jobs.”
Recently, Horizon Health Network held recruiting events in Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, and Montreal. With the events, it aims to bring on board 120 nurses to the province offering financial incentives of up to $20,000 as well as a life near the ocean. According to a spokesperson, the health network is also hiring nurses through partnerships with universities in India and in Maine. It is also taking steps to try and retain the workers.