Job retention on agenda as Canada’s top nurse tours Nunavut – Nunatsiaq News

Aug 1, 2023

Access to education cited as a key challenge in hiring, keeping nurses in the North

Nursing education and retention are two key issues on the mind of Leigh Chapman, Canada’s chief nursing officer, as she concludes a visit to Nunavut this week.

Chapman arrived in Iqaluit July 26 and spent the past week visiting nurses and community members with Nunavut’s chief nursing officer, Valerie Rzepka.

The two visited Qikiqtani General Hospital, the Government of Nunavut’s mental health and addictions team, and other health and social service providers in Iqaluit. As well, they made a trip to Pangnirtung.

Chapman said she wants to work with representatives from all of the territory’s regions to improve health care Nunavut-wide.

“It’s harder to meet front-line nurses unless you actually hit the ground running and visit nurses across the country, so that’s essentially why I’m here,” she said.

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