What nurses need in Nunavik


Quebec’s nursing association is asking the province’s department of health and social services to give nurses more support and improve access to health care in remote regions like Nunavik.

The Ordre des Infirmiéres and Infirmiers du Québec says nurses working in Nunavik, James Bay, Lower North Shore and remote First Nations communities need:

* 12 weeks of specialized training before they go to practice in a remote community;
* 20 days of professional development during the year so they can update their knowledge;
* more access to distance education;
* changes in legal status, so nurses who go beyond what’s permitted by law will be protected and recognized;
* development and legalisation of a nurse practitioner role;
* money from the government for nurse practitioner programs;
* recognition of past experience when nurses seek qualification as a nurse practioner;
* measures to improve living conditions and better housing;
* more native nurses and programs to train native nurses.

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