As per the latest government report, there will be a need of internationally trained nurses in New Brunswick to address the increasing shortage of the provincial health-care system.
The document suggests that the province's population is ageing faster than any other jurisdiction in Canada, prompting what it calls a "critical demographic situation."
New Brunswick consists of people that are old and it has the highest percentage of the population over 65 years of age when compared to the rest of Canada. The nurses of the province are also not exempted from this trend-41 percent of registered nurses (RNs) in New Brunswick are 50 years of age or older.
Furthermore, the declining admissions of students in New Brunswick bachelor nursing programs and an abrasion rate of 30 percent for nursing students, the province’s ministry of health projects a shortage of at least 130 registered nurses (RNs) every year over the next 10 years.
This means that there might be a requirement of 1,300 RNs in New Brunswick by 2028, the document reads. During this same period, it is expected that 4,376 RN jobs will open.
To combat the issue, the province identified four key remedies. Among them, one is the active recruitment of IENs from countries identified as having "nursing education programs with similar nursing professional standards, competencies, and credentials" to New Brunswick.
The government also calls for an examination “to identify any barriers, areas for improvement or efficiencies” for IENs and to improve the application process. The strategy also recommends the founding of a program that would help IENs find work in New Brunswick’s health-care industry while their applications for registration are still in progress “to allow for a positive integration into the workforce.”
Also, the province will offer permanent employment (full-time and part-time) to New Brunswick graduates and RNs recruited from other provinces or countries and the possibility of signing bonus in exchange for a three-year commitment to serve in rural areas of the province.
Hugh J. Flemming, New Brunswick Health Minister says, “We are going to continue to face a shortage of nurses unless we take action now to ensure we have enough nurses to serve our population.”
New Brunswick is the friendly province of Canada that is in urgent requirement of registered nurses who can take care of their ageing population.
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