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Central Health aims to ease staff shortage with job offer for recruitment coordinator

Central Health has created a new position focused on recruiting international healthcare workers. (Katie Breen/CBC)

The Central Newfoundland Regional Health Authority hopes to recruit more healthcare workers with a new position focused on attracting international healthcare professionals to Newfoundland.

Central Health is hiring an International Recruitment Coordinator, whose primary focus will be recruiting healthcare professionals from outside of Canada and helping them settle in Newfoundland.

Craig Davis, acting vice president of people and culture at Central Health, told CBC News that the person hired will work with applicants, provincial regulators and the Department of Immigration to help newcomers go through the process of obtaining permits, placement and settling their families. .

“We’ve had success in international recruiting at Central Health in the past and members of our recruiting team have worked on international recruiting for the past few years,” Davis said Wednesday.

“However, what we find is that international recruitment can be complex and we really need a dedicated resource to be able to work with these people to help them.”

Davis said it’s the next step in Central Health’s efforts to be a welcoming organization for internationally trained professionals.

He said the communities themselves will also play an important role in helping new recruits settle in with things like school plans for children, familiarizing them with recreational facilities and making connections within communities. cities.

“Central Health and our recruiting team can do a lot of work on the recruiting front to get potential candidates interested in coming to work,” Davis said.

“However, municipalities, community groups and community advisory committees are essential to ensure that when these potential candidates come to Newfoundland and Central Region, they are welcome to the region.”

In a previous interview, Central Health said it was recruiting physicians to fill vacancies in New-Wes-Valley. (Garrett Barry/CBC)

Central Newfoundland, like the rest of the province, has been plagued by staffing shortages throughout the pandemic. Several communities and thousands of residents have recently been reeling after losing their only doctors.

On the South Coast, the Coast of Bays area’s only hospital has struggled with the lack of emergency health care, meaning residents have to travel approximately 200 kilometers to Grand Falls-Windsor to receive medical care. emergency medical care.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Registered Nurses Union told CBC News there are more than 600 vacant registered nurse positions in the province. The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association said about 90,000 people in the province do not have a family doctor.

Support from medical unions

Union president Yvette Coffey said the Central Health initiative is an encouraging sign. In a statement, Coffey said it can be “confusing and difficult” for internationally educated nurses to enter the Canadian healthcare system.

“Have a dedicated resource to help [international nurses] navigating the licensing and employment processes, as well as settling into a new community and culture will support recruitment and retention,” Coffey said.

The medical association said it supports all efforts by regional health authorities to boost the recruitment of doctors.

Davis said there is no exact number on the number of healthcare workers Central Health is trying to bring in, but hopes the recruiting position will be filled by next week 10 days.

As for when new foreign-trained staff will arrive in this province to work, Davis said it could take four to six months.

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