Saturday, June 13, 2009

Saskatchewan: We'll happily take the Albertan nurses you are driving away

As the 'unofficial' hiring freeze continues and Alberta's government expresses contempt for the job nurses do - suggesting there's a 'glut' of nurses while canceling vacation time and demanding ever more overtime - Saskatchewan's nurses suggest their own shortages could be filled by recruiting here.

REGINA -- The Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association (SRNA) suggests provincial health-care recruiters look to the west if there aren’t enough nursing graduates in Saskatchewan to fill the current vacancies.

Currently Saskatchewan has about 600 vacant registered nurse positions, said SRNA executive director Donna Brunskill, explaining while the first priority should be to hire Saskatchewan RNs, the health regions should pursue recruiting opportunities in Alberta.

Brunskill was responding to media reports coming out of Alberta that nursing managers in Calgary were being laid off and that the health authority in Edmonton is suggesting there is a glut of registered nurses in that province.

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