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Officials at Sun Country Health Region are increasing their efforts to find more nurses.

The Region has taken out advertisements in local and regional, and national media outlets for the 19 registered and psychiatric nurses, and licensed practical nurses, needed in the 25 facilities that offer nursing care.

The Region is also recruiting to fill four vacant full time positions for continuing care aides.

"We know we're one of many rural areas in Canada where nurses are in short supply," says Chief Executive Officer Cal Tant.

"Four years ago, the National Survey on Rural Health Practice in Canada found that the difficulty of attracting health care professionals to rural areas is a global problem," he said.

"But we are trying to find ways around it to maintain the quality of care we provide to the public," he said.

Mr. Tant said SCHR is trying to get the word out that health care professionals in this region have a good team with which to work.

Rural nurses in Saskatchewan have a higher level of education than those in urban areas, according to the National Survey. "We just need more of them," he said.

"Over 20 per cent of Canada's population lives in rural areas and we are trying to encourage more high school graduates to enter the health care professions and to get new health care students to want to come here for their life and work."

SCHR provides bursaries to nursing and other health related students, on a regular basis. In 2005, the region gave bursaries to four nursing students, one LPN, one RN for a refresher course. and two EMT paramedics. Fund-raising foundations attached to some of the regional facilities also offer additional scholarship dollars for students in the health care fields.

For more information, please call Marga Cugnet, Vice President of Primary and Integrated Care for Sun Country Health Region, at 842-8729.

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