Gotta start somewhere. With NS projecting their population to double, we need all the healthcare training we can get. I think, in order to fix the crisis ... or at least, really help it out ... the Feds and provincial government needs to pay for a large chunk of the cost of becoming a doctor or nurse, and these nurses and doctors would be required to stay in NS for a 20 year period. We need to make it appealing for these healthcare professionals to want to stay in rural areas for a long time ... not just use NS as a stepping stone for 2 years, and then gone.
Agree like I have said here before nothing new we did it in the coal mines for engineers and techs when we could not get them and that was late 70's early 80's
I would say over 85% of those that went through the program in devco stayed after their 10 years in the agreement was up and most are retired here now
The other big one coming and not being talked about is the age of our doctors I forget the number but something like 25% over age 60 so we have to get moving fast with these new students
I remember talking to my doc I would say she is like 35 now and told me she is still paying off her student loan and if they did something like free student loans they would be lined up to get into medicine and she is right
Dropping that BS testing for US doctors to come here yesterday also may help some and there was talk of an announcement from the nurses union yesterday to do something similar in the next week
Other thing they have to do is relook at the training required to be a nurse like a family member who is involved in the teaching says who nursed for years prior what her daughter has to learn now to become a nurse she is sure some doctors didnot get that Intense training when she went through she thinks it is way too much and maybe as she said I didnot have enough in my day of schooling but she is getting why more than she will ever need or use in nursing to be a successful nurse She figures they should relook at a 2 year program and change the entry requirements WAY too many smart kids she says being turned away because their averages are only 90 imagine