Chief nursing officer appointed to help deal with health care ‘crisis’: minister – CBC

The job is being revived after it was scrapped roughly a decade ago

Aug 23, 2022

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos announced Tuesday the appointment of a federal chief nursing officer tasked with helping the government address what the minister called an ongoing “health care crisis.”

Duclos said Leigh Chapman, a 20-year veteran of the profession, will take on the job, which is being revived after it was scrapped roughly a decade ago.

Speaking to reporters at an event in Ottawa, Chapman said her job will be to “amplify the voice of nurses” and supplement the work already being done by chief nursing officers at the provincial and territorial level.

Duclos said Ottawa will not sit idle while the country’s health care system grapples with unprecedented staffing issues — shortages that have forced some hospitals to close their emergency rooms temporarily or dial back on the quality of care.

Medical professionals have left the field in droves after more than two years of challenging pandemic-related conditions.

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