Labour shortage is an ongoing issue for Northern Health. The health authority has been struggling to recruit nurses, especially specialty nurses such as Medical Sonographers and Nurse Practitioners.
Northern Health Candidate Relationship Liaison, Emelye Boyes, says it’s partly due to how remote some of the communities in the health region are.”It can be very challenging for someone to move from a much bigger city to a more rural centre. There are a shortage of graduates coming out of the programs so that’s always a challenge.”
To combat shortage issues, Northern Health will be present at several career fairs across Canada, two of which will be held here in Prince George. The health authority will try to entice students at UNBC on March 8th, as well as CNC on March 9th.
As part of the “Grow Our Own” program, Northern Health also seeks to promote talent from within our region. Boyes says Healthcare Professionals are reaching out to Grade 10 and 11 students. “It provides them with a guide to provide them with information about the careers we have, what type of education they will need, what exactly they will be doing in those professions. It really starts that conversation between their parents and themselves to say ‘how am I really going to build my education to get to that point?'”