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Sun Country Health Region hires new nurses

Four overseas nurses have arrived in Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) in recent months, with four more hired and expected to arrive in the near future.

SCHR's Regional Director of Recruitment and Retention, Cecile Reyes, says six of the registered nurses from overseas hail originally from the Philippines, by way of Saudi Arabia and Dubai, while the other two are from the United Kingdom.

These registered nurses (RNs) are in addition to 19 new hires from Canada this year. The new nurses will be working in facilities located in Weyburn, Oxbow, Redvers, Lampman and Estevan.

The RNs coming here from overseas are hardworking professionals, with over five years of experience each, says Cecile.

"They are confident of what they are doing and, at the same time, they're willing to learn new methods," she says.

"They like their new communities. The people in SCHR have been very friendly and helpful. People have been wonderful at making them feel welcome," she says.

SCHR is very thankful to the communities for pitching in to assist with the settlement of these nurses, says Marga Cugnet, Vice President of Primary and Integrated Health.

"Local churches, neighbours and colleagues have all helped to gather household goods. Everything from dishes to furniture was donated so the nurses moving such a long distance can be relatively comfortable," she says.


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