Nursing grads can’t find jobs: association

With countrywide shortage looming, Canada needs to find a way to keep them
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/14/2007

Despite localized nursing shortages, about 15 per cent of Canada’s graduating nurses won’t find a job this year, predicts the Canadian Nurses’ Association.

That’s because while some provinces, such as Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador, are already feeling the crunch of baby boomer retirements, other regions have a glut of nurses who can’t find full-time jobs.

“A lot of new graduates aren’t aware of jobs across the country and we don’t do a good job of co-ordinating our efforts to make sure we do absorb every grad,” said Lisa Little, a senior nurse consultant in health human resources at the Canadian Nurses’ Association (CNA) in Ottawa.