The healthcare sector of New Brunswick province in Canada has huge demand for nurses. In order to meet this increasing demand, the newly released Nursing Resource Strategy of New Brunswick has proposed recruiting internationally trained nurses. The Nursing Resource Strategy has proposed four so-called “action items” to meet the increasing demand for nurses in health services and long-term care among New Brunswickers and the recruitment of internationally educated nurses (IENs) is one among them.
As per the information included in the Strategy document, the population of New Brunswick is aging faster than any other region in Canada, which is a “critical demographic situation.” It should also be noted that New Brunswick has one of the oldest populations in Canada.
The document further shows that 41 per cent of registered nurses (RNs) in New Brunswick are 50 years of age or older. There has also been a decline in enrolment to bachelor of Nursing programs in the province and an attrition rate of 30 per cent for nursing students. According to New Brunswick’s Ministry of Health, the healthcare sector of the province would be facing a shortage of at least 130 registered nurses (RNs) each year over the next 10 years. During this period, around 4,376 RN vacancies are expected to be created in the province. In short, there will be a huge demand for nurses in New Brunswick in the near future.
As part of the efforts to meet the growing demand for nurses, New Brunswick will be recruiting Internationally Educated Nurses from countries where Nursing education programs have similar nursing professional standards, competencies, and credentials to New Brunswick. It will help the province recruit immigrant nurses who can meet its registration requirements.
The New Brunswick government has also recommended an examination to identify any barriers, areas for improvement or efficiencies for IENs and to improve the application process. Another recommendation is launching a program to help IENs find work in the healthcare sector of the province while their applications for registration are being processed. The program will boost positive integration of Internationally Educated Nurses into the province.
The other action items in the Nursing Resource Strategy are offering permanent employment (full-time and part-time) to New Brunswick graduates and RNs recruited from other provinces or countries and a signing bonus in exchange for a three-year commitment to serve in rural areas of New Brunswick.
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