FREDERICTON – The New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU) supports government on its recent announcement to invest in a multi-year plan to improve the quality, proactivity and accessibility of health care in the province.
The decision to employ more Nurse Practitioners is long overdue and instrumental to improving access to primary care. “NBNU has long been advocating for an increase in Nurse Practitioner positions to effectively deliver primary health care to New Brunswickers,” said Paula Doucet, NBNU President. “We know that in 2016 more than 45,000 people did not have a doctor, forcing many patients to access ER departments unnecessarily,” added Doucet. A strong primary health care sector is essential to address the needs of our aging population and the increasing number of people who experience chronic disease.
NBNU will also be looking to government to implement an enhanced recruitment and retention strategy to address the nursing shortage, especially in the long-term care sector. “Regardless of how many new beds government may add, if a nursing home doesn’t have adequate registered nurses to deliver care, they’re only addressing half of the problem,” said Doucet.
We hope government will continue to implement changes toward a comprehensive primary health care model similar to those that have proven effective in other jurisdictions. As these changes progress, NBNU will be watching closely to ensure the public nature of the system is maintained.
NBNU represents 6900 registered nurses across the province. Our members provide invaluable service to New Brunswickers every day in our health networks and understand health issues.
For more information, contact: Leanne Lagsiar