Ontario nurses applaud the success and expansion of full-time employment guarantee for new graduates

    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario
(RNAO) is delighted with the success of the government's New Graduate
Full-Time Employment Guarantee.
    At a press conference today, Health Minister George Smitherman unveiled
figures showing that 86 per cent of nursing graduates who joined the program
remained employed in full-time work after the initial seven-month work
    "RNAO is very impressed with these results, and pleased the McGuinty
government recognizes the success of this made-in-Ontario solution. We're also
pleased that the government is extending the program by one year. But we urge
them to commit to multi-year funding so this program can continue to help keep
future nursing graduates in the province," says Mary Ferguson-Pare, President
of RNAO.
    The initiative, which guarantees every nursing graduate who joins the
program full-time employment for seven-and-a-half months, is something RNAO
has advocated for since 2003. "We are thrilled with the results," says
Ferguson-Pare, adding that the continuation of this program is wonderful news
for nursing graduates who are beginning their careers.
    "We are very concerned about the nursing shortage and the best way to
keep tomorrow's nurses in Ontario is to give them the opportunity to work
full-time," says Ferguson-Pare.
    RNAO's Executive Director also applauded the continuation of the New
Graduate Guarantee. "Today's announcement is an important step toward solving
the nursing shortage in the province. We congratulate government and employers
and we urge them to ensure that any nurse who wants to work full-time is able
to do so. We know the need is there, and it's essential if we want nurses to
have meaningful careers," says Doris Grinspun.
    "Providing new nurses with full-time employment is the best way to ensure
that the people of Ontario receive the continuity of care they need and
deserve, not just today, but down the road," adds Grinspun.

    The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional
association representing registered nurses wherever they practise in Ontario.
Since 1925, RNAO has lobbied for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in
nursing practice, increased nurses' contribution to shaping the health-care
system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

For further information:

For further information: please contact: Marion Zych, Director of
Communications, RNAO, Phone: (416) 408-5605, Toll free: 1 (800) 268-7199
ext.209, Cell: (647) 406-5605

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