PEI hired hundreds of internationally trained nurses and care support workers
Prince Edward Island recruited over 500 internationally trained nurses and care support workers to address staffing shortages and improve patient care. Collaborative efforts by Health PEI, the Recruitment and Retention Secretariat, and the Public Service Commission have streamlined hiring processes.
Since January 2023, the province has hired 547 staff in various roles, with 147 of them being new graduates. A new online portal simplifies applications for registered nursing positions, attracting both local and international applicants.
Health PEI has hired 547 people in permanent, temporary, or casual positions since January 2023, including:
- There are nine nurse practitioners.
- There are 201 registered nurses.
- There are 72 licensed practical nurses.
- There are 265 resident care, personal care, and home support workers.
Recruitment missions in Dubai and Singapore have resulted in 57 employment offers, with a second Dubai mission planned for 2024. Health PEI has also created numerous new positions and continues to build an internal talent acquisition team to support recruitment.
The new External Registered Nurse Application Portal allows qualified registered nurses to apply to multiple vacant nursing positions using a single application process, resulting in a better applicant experience and a shorter time to fill for externally posted positions. Those who are eligible to apply for externally posted positions via the online portal are:
- Individuals who are currently registered to practice as registered nurses in Canada,
- who will be registered to practice as registered nurses in Canada within the next 6 months, or
- who will graduate from a recognized Bachelor of Nursing Program within the next 6 months.
Since the online portal’s launch in May, 70 people have applied, including 45 internationally educated nurses, and all are at various stages of the hiring process.
Earlier this year, during a recruitment mission in Dubai, Health PEI hired 26 internationally educated nurses. A recruitment mission to Singapore in October generated 31 job offers. These people are in various stages of immigration and will begin arriving in the province early next year. Plans are in place to support the timely and seamless integration of internationally educated nurses into the workforce.
A second recruitment mission to Dubai is being planned for early 2024 as part of an effort to hire 200 internationally educated nurses into the public health care system to help fill vacancies across the province.
Health PEI has also created hundreds of new positions and career opportunities for nurses and care support workers over the past 12 months to support new and expanding programs and services for Islanders such as patient medical homes. Health PEI continues to build an internal talent acquisition team to support the overall recruitment process for the organization.
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