Saskatchewan to hire 800 nurses over four years

Funding formula will encourage health regions to meet annual hiring targets
||Last Updated: 03/14/2008

The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses and the provincial government have signed a partnership agreement to solve the province's shortage of registered nurses (RNs) and registered psychiatric nurses (RPNs).

"Nursing vacancies have been climbing for years and it's time to take serious steps to deal with this crisis. It's time for specific hiring targets, and incentives and financial support to health regions to meet those targets," said Health Minister Don McMorris.

The new agreement lays out plans to hire 800 nurses over the next four years and actively work to retain nurses going forward.