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Press Release: NSGEU applauds new Nurse Practitioner Education Incentive Program

Educating more nurse practitioners for people in underserved areas is a positive step forward for nurses and families who don’t have a family doctor and lack access to primary health care, says NSGEU President Jason MacLean.

“This is a good announcement from government and could go a long way to address the doctor shortage many people in rural areas are experiencing,” said MacLean. “It also provides a good opportunity for nurses to improve their education while maintaining their existing salary. This means they can focus on completing the degree and start work in underserved communities.”

The Nurse Practitioner Education Incentive covers the salaries of up to 10 registered nurses while they complete a two-year Master of Nursing nurse practitioner program through Dalhousie University, with the agreement they work in a designated community for five years.

“This is the kind of common sense move that can be achieved when government is willing to work with its partners in health care. While the lack of primary health care is definitely a more urgent situation in rural areas, there is no denying that staggering number of families in HRM who are also without a family doctor,” said MacLean.

“The NSGEU is pleased the government moved forward with this program. It is our hope, for our nurses and people without access to primary health care, that Minister Delorey will expand this incentive into our urban communities as well. Every Nova Scotian should be able to get the care they need, no matter where they live.”

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The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union represents over 30,000 women and men who provide quality public services Nova Scotians count on every day.

For more information, please contact:

Lucas Wide

NSGEU Communications Officer

902-497-5010 (cell) 902-424-4063 (office)

877-556.7438 (toll free) lwide@nsgeu.ca

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