Alberta urged to create chief nursing officer position to help fix health system – CBC

Alberta Association of Nurses wants to meet with premier, incoming minister to discuss the idea

Jun 05, 2023

As Alberta looks to relieve pressure on its stressed health system, nurses are calling on the freshly re-elected provincial government to bring in a chief nursing officer to work alongside its chief medical officer of health.

The position was reinstated at the federal level last year, a decade after it was eliminated.

Nurses want Alberta to follow suit.

“It’s so important we have that nursing voice in decision making,” said Kathy Howe, executive director of the Alberta Association of Nurses.

“[This is] someone that the government can rely on for accurate information, someone who can advocate for nursing and someone who can bring that whole picture, so it’s not skewed just from a medical perspective.”

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