Healthcare workers not currently in the workforce are being asked to fill positions in long-term care facilities to address staffing shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing vacancies.
“Our workers have done a tremendous job and sacrificed so much over the past 20 months,” said Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Barbara Adams. “They deserve more than our respect. They deserve relief from overtime and cancelled days off, and our loved ones deserve to be served by people who are not stretched beyond their capacity to provide care.”
Temporary, short-term and long-term paid positions are available now.
Health Association Nova Scotia is partnering with the Department of Seniors and Long-Term Care to recruit people with needed skills and training who are retired or not currently working in the sector, as well as those who are working on a part-time basis and can move to full-time hours on a temporary basis.
Long-term care facilities in communities throughout the province are looking for healthcare workers, including continuing care assistants, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.
Health Association Nova Scotia is co-ordinating the effort on behalf of facilities and the government. More information, including how to apply, is available at: https://www.healthassociation.ns.ca/sites/base/pages/continuingcarerecruitment . All applicants will receive a follow-up call from the association.
- the short-term positions are being funded through current vacancies in the continuing care system
- efforts to recruit new staff and support current staff are being done through a broad $57 million strategy to find solutions and build a larger workforce for the continuing care sector
News release on $57 million investment in continuing care sector: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20211208001
The overview document A Healthy Nova Scotia: Solutions for Continuing Care is available at: https://beta.novascotia.ca/documents/improving-continuing-care-investments-support-workers-and-expand-care-seniors
Mandate letter of the Minister of Seniors and Long-Term Care: https://novascotia.ca/exec_council/letters-2021/ministerial-mandate-letter-2021-SLTC.pdf