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General News · 30th November 2010
Sandra Doren
Thursday, November 25, 2010
(Campbell River) - North Island MLA, Claire Trevena, is urging the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) to come up with a plan to keep nurses working in rural hospitals.
“Nurses in hospitals such as Port Hardy and Port McNeill have to deal with a wide range of medical issues, and are often the most highly qualified medical person on hand. They literally keep the hospital doors open and health care happening,” said Trevena,
“While VIHA has a programme to hire new nursing graduates, the situation in rural hospitals means these young nurses are faced with a big responsibility which should not be underestimated.”
The guaranteed employment time under the new graduate time has been reduced to six months.
“If there aren’t enough nurses on hand that means hospitals have to close their doors, like Port Hardy has had to in the past and that is simply not good health care,” said Trevena.
Trevena has written to VIHA’s President Howard Waldner, asking him to find ways of recruiting nurses to the North Island and in particular to address the issue of how to keep them working at our hospitals once they are in the community.
Contact: Sandra Doran 250-287-5100