Manitoba is spending $19.5M to increase the number of nursing education spaces by more than 30%

The Manitoba government is spending $19.5 million to increase the number of nursing education spaces by more than 30 per cent starting this year, the premier announced Wednesday.

There are currently more than 800 nursing spaces in Manitoba at six colleges and universities across the province, but the government says it will add 259 starting this year as part of its multi-year plan to create 400.

Although the details have not been finalized, the plan is to add:

  • 120 registered nursing spaces at the University of Manitoba.
  • 55 licensed practical nursing spaces through Assiniboine Community College in Portage la Prairie and rotating rural sites.
  • 37 nursing places at the University College of the North, which were announced on Tuesday.
  • 32 registered nursing and registered psychiatric nursing seats at Brandon University.
  • 15 places combined for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Licensed Practical Nursing at Université Saint-Boniface.

The plan to create nearly 400 seats was announced in July.

The money announced Wednesday will help universities and colleges invest in equipment, classroom renovations and instructors to support additional seating.

“We know this pandemic has put a strain on our nurses and our health care system,” Premier Heather Stefanson said at a news conference.

“Our government is committed to working closely with our post-secondary institutions to increase the number of nursing spaces across the province to ensure Manitoba has a strong nursing workforce now and in the future. to come up.

Healthcare workers have called on the province to do more to meet their immediate needs as intensive care units are close to capacity and patients are moved from their families to other hospitals for care.

On Monday, the province announced it had asked the federal government for 15 to 30 critical care nurses for a six-week period to meet those immediate needs.

Health Minister Audrey Gordon did not have an update on the status of that request on Wednesday.

“We continue to have discussions with our federal counterparts which will evolve over the next few days, and we will have more to say once these discussions are complete,” Gordon said.

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