Quebec promises $80 million to offset nursing shortage

Funds will go toward mentoring programs, bonuses and equipment
||Last Updated: 07/02/2008

The Quebec government has pledged $80 million a year to help solve the province's nursing shortage, Health Minister Philippe Couillard has announced.

The money will go toward better organization of work, establishing a system for older nurses to mentor younger nurses, more on-the job support for younger nurses, developing a staffing plan and spending $10 million on nursing equipment. About $36 million of the money will also go to incentive bonuses for nurses.

The staffing plan could include adjusting schedules so nurses work fewer weekends and less overtime to reduce burnout, said Couillard.