Nursing Students in Labrador to Benefit from Enhanced Bursary Program

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Nursing Students in Labrador to Benefit from Enhanced Bursary Program

by ahnationtalk on August 17, 2015438 Views

August 17, 2015

Strengthening Health Care Services in Local Communities

Labrador residents who enroll in an approved Bachelor of Nursing Program can now benefit from an enhanced bursary program offered by the Provincial Government.

“We continue to establish recruitment programs and initiatives to help retain health care professionals in areas of the province where they are needed most. This bursary will help increase access to quality trained health professionals in Labrador, while supporting the career goals of residents who want to work and live in the region.”
– The Honourable Steve Kent, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Community Services

Permanent residents of Labrador are eligible and must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing Collaborative Program, the Bachelor of Nursing Collaborative Program – Fast Track Option or an approved Bachelor of Nursing program in another Canadian jurisdiction.

“Our government remains committed to the economic and social development of Labrador by ensuring its unique perspectives are considered in program and policy offerings. This latest offering will improve access to trained health professionals for residents and presents an excellent opportunity for nursing students from the region.”
– The Honourable Keith Russell, Minister of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs

Eligible students can receive $5,000 per year over the course of a four-year program. Those students enrolled in the Fast Track Program option can apply for $10,000 per year over the course of the two-year program. The maximum funding amount is $20,000. Cumulative amounts may be awarded retroactively for applicants who have already completed a portion of the Bachelor of Nursing Program.

“We are thrilled with the Provincial Government’s support for the academic goals of our nursing students. The Bachelor of Nursing graduates from the School of Nursing, Centre for Nursing Studies and Western Regional School of Nursing are educated to improve the health of individuals, families and communities, care for acutely ill clients, and provide end of life care. This initiative will help increase access to our knowledgeable, skilled and compassionate graduates for the Labrador region.”
– Dr. Alice Gaudine, Dean, Memorial University School of Nursing

There is a required service commitment for students to fill a full-time, permanent position identified by Labrador-Grenfell Health. The service term will be commensurate with the support students receive through the program, up to a maximum of four years. For more information, visit www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/grantsfunding/bursaries.html#labnursing.

“Rural and sometimes remote health care positions in Labrador pose unique challenges in terms of recruitment and retention. Labrador-Grenfell Health shares the Provincial Government’s commitment to strengthening access to these professionals in the region as we continue with efforts to bolster enrollment in training programs and attract potential candidates.”
– Tony Wakeham, President and Chief Executive Officer, Labrador-Grenfell Health

This initiative supports the Newfoundland and Labrador Strategic Health Workforce Plan 2015-2018, which establishes a framework to ensure a stable and consistent supply of health professionals for the long-term. The plan builds on Live Here, Work Here, Belong Here, A Population Growth Strategy for Newfoundland and Labrador, 2015-2025.

QUICK FACTS:

  • Labrador residents who enroll in an approved Bachelor of Nursing Program can now benefit from an enhanced bursary program offered by the Provincial Government. For more info visit www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/grantsfunding/bursaries.html#labnursing.
  • Permanent residents of Labrador are eligible and must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing Collaborative Program, the Bachelor of Nursing Collaborative Program – Fast Track Option or an approved Bachelor of Nursing program in another Canadian jurisdiction.
  • There is a required service commitment for students to fill a full-time, permanent position identified by Labrador-Grenfell Health.
  • This initiative supports the Newfoundland and Labrador Strategic Health Workforce Plan 2015-2018, which establishes a framework to ensure a stable and consistent supply of health professionals for the long-term. The plan builds on Live Here, Work Here, Belong Here, A Population Growth Strategy for Newfoundland and Labrador, 2015-2025.

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Media contacts:

Tina Williams
Director of Communications
Department of Health and Community Services
709-729-1377, 728-2837
[email protected]

Allan Bock
Regional Director of Communications
Labrador-Grenfell Health
709-897-2351, 899-1568
[email protected]

Vanessa Coleman-Sadd
Director of Communications
Department of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
709-729-1495
[email protected]

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