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Available Expert - Available Expert- Internationally educated nurses called upon to help in hospitals struggling with staff shortages

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Queen’s University expert Erna Snelgrove Clarke (School of Nursing) is available to comment on Ontario’s decision to deploy international educated nurses to hospitals and long- term care home facing staffing shortages due to COVID-19.

Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliot made the announcement Tuesday, saying international nurses who have applied to practice in Ontario will have the chance to meet their applications requirements by working in health care settings under the supervision of regulated health care workers.

“The Ontario government’s decision to deploy internationally educated nurses is an important step in addressing the immediate impact of the province’s nursing shortage,” says Dr.  Snelgrove-Clarke. “These nurses are underutilized and valuable resources. While this may be a short-term solution to the immediate staffing problems health care faces, internationally trained nurses – as well as licensed Canadian nurses without Ontario-specific licenses – will be critical players in helping us address the long-term realities of the province’s nursing shortage crisis.”  

The highly infectious Omicron strain has been leading to staff shortages across essential sectors including hospitals even as admissions rise.

To arrange an interview, please contact communications officer  Julie Brown ( 343-363-2763 or Julie.brown@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.  


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