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SCHR sees recruitment results

Sun Country Health Region (SCHR) is beginning to see results from its recruitment drive.
The Region has increased its Registered Nurse (RN) complement by 12 full time equivalent positions since last year and has many more health care interns working in its facilities this summer than in past years.
"The 12 full time RNs actually are filling more than 12 empty positions because some were part time positions," said Cal Tant, President and CEO at the Sun Country Regional Health Authority's monthly board meeting.
Mr. Tant told members of the board that recruitment of those additional nurses has taken a huge effort from staff in the Human Resources Department and from SCHR's partners in the communities.
"Even with these new nurses we are still facing a major shortage of nurses in the Region," he said.
Mr. Tant said that a big part of the Region's recruitment philosophy is to encourage students in the health care field to take some of their clinical education requirements in Sun Country Health Region facilities.
"We believe that if we can show these students they can work in rural settings they will realize they don't need to stay in the cities to practice. It's important to get them to rural settings to show that we practice real health care here," he said.
As a result, student placements are up this year. Eleven (11) student nurses, four RNs, and two dietetic interns will work with staff in SCHR this summer.
"This is good for the students and good for our staff as well," said Mr. Tant.
"We also have interest from several medical students who are working with local
physicians in Estevan and Weyburn for several weeks over the summer," he said. Some of the physicians are providing accommodation as well as well as mentoring.
"It takes time for all of these busy professionals to work with the students and we appreciate their time and efforts," said Mr. Tant.

Media: For more information, please call Joanne Helmer, Communications Coordinator, Sun Country Health Region, 842-8353.

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