Cuts to nursing positions in Southern Ontario do apparently have a silver lining.
Sudbury’s Health Sciences North says hard times for health care workers in the south are solving some of that hospital’s recruitment problems in the north.
Whereas the hospital normally maintains a vacancy rate for nursing positions of five percent, it has recently dropped to three per cent with new hires. Not only that, but they are having better luck filling allied health positions, including social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, chiropodists, psychologists and speech language pathologists.
Rhonda Watson, VP of Human Resources at the hospital, told Northern Life that the only difficulty they presently have is in recruiting pharmacists.