1,600 new nursing positions created in B.C.

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The provincial government says it is working with the B.C. Nurses’ Union (BCNU) to add over 1,600 new regular nursing positions to the provincial health care system by the end of March 2016.

According to a release, this includes 235 additional positions for Vancouver Coastal Health system and another 400 positions for the Fraser Health system.

The swift move will alleviate the current nursing shortage crisis, which has affected the operations of intensive care units, operation rooms, and recovery rooms across B.C.

“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, in a statement.

Casual working nurses interested in a permanent position should send an email to hireanurse@bcnu.org.

“Nurses are important, highly-skilled members of health care teams throughout British Columbia, and today’s announcement acknowledges their integral role in the health system,” said Health Minister Terry Lake.

“Over the past year, we have been working closely with nurses to make health care improvements that benefit both patients and staff. We are confident this spirit of partnership will continue as we work together on a new collective agreement that meets the goals of nurses, health authorities and the Province.”

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