Immigrant Nurses Needed To Fill Looming Labour Shortages In New Brunswick

Immigrant nurses are desperately needed to fill the looming labour shortages in New Brunswick’s health-care sector, a government media report says.

The recruitment of immigrants nurses is one of four so-called “action items” that the province’s Nursing Resource Strategy says are needed to meet the increasing demand for health services and long-term care among residents.

The document notes that New Brunswick’s population is ageing faster than any other jurisdiction in Canada, in what the government has alarmingly called a “critical demographic situation.”

New Brunswick has one of Canada’s elderly and aging populations and is increasing at a greater rate than other provinces,” it notes. “New Brunswick has the biggest percentage of population over Sixty-Five (65) years of age when compared to other Canadian province.”

The New Brunswick’s nurses are not exempt from this trend — Forty-One (41) per cent of registered nurses (RNs) in the province is Fify (50) years of age or older, the report says.

Combined with decreasing enrolment in NB’s bachelor of nursing courses and an attrition rate of Thirty (30) per cent for nursing scholars, New Brunswick’s ministry of health projects a shortfall of at least 130 registered nurses (RNs) each year over the next Ten (10) years.

This means that by 2028 there could be a shortage of about 1,300 Registered nurses in the New Brunswick health-care sector,” the document notes.

During this time, it is anticipated that 4,376 RN jobs will open.

The province finds itself at a juncture, where the number of nurses in the workforce is declining and the request for their services keeps increasing.”

Nurses play a crucial role in the offering of high-quality healthcare in an efficient, patient-centric system,” Hugh J. Flemming, New Brunswick’s Minister of Health, said in a statement. “We are going to continue to face a decline in the number of nurses unless we take drastic measures now to ensure we have enough nurses to serve our population.”

Among the strategy’s recommended action plans:

  • The designing of a program that would help immigrant nurses find work in New Brunswick’s health-care system while their applications for registration are in progress.
  • a process for offering full-time employment to New Brunswick graduates and Registered nurses recruited from other countries or provinces and the possibility of a signing benefits in exchange for a three-year commitment to serve in remote communities of the province.

Trevor Holder, the New Brunswick’s Training and Labour Minister, states that a number of the strategy’s plan items “are already underway.”

Maureen Wallace, president of the association of registered nurses also said that “The Nurses Association of New Brunswick assists in any effort to address the labour shortage of nurses and will continue to help in the nursing resource plan, as we anticipate prompt action to further implement the plan.”

But, no details were provided to indicate how immigrant nurses may be selected or what immigration programs would be used to get them.

Although, it’s most likely that the New Brunswick Provincial Nominee Program (NBPNP) will be used to find the federal Express Entry pool for skilled individuals who meets the requirements.