Dubé is moving towards local management of nursing schedules

Quebec’s health minister says creating full-time jobs isn’t the only solution.

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Trying to find a solution to a shortage of nursing manpower, the Minister of Health of Quebec, Christian Dubé, thinks he has found the “recipe” that will make the difference, by the decompartmentalization of professions and local management. schedules.

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Dubé mentioned the solutions Monday as he addressed participants at a meeting of the Order of Nurses of Quebec in Montreal.

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The effects of local programming where it has already been implemented vary from place to place, he said, adding that he wanted to know where things are going well and where things are bad.

According to him, the creation of full-time jobs is not necessarily the only answer, contrary to what was heard during the negotiations of the collective agreements.

“During the last negotiation, which was quite long, there was really an approach to increase the full-time staff, for all sorts of good reasons,” he said. “It gave results that are, I would say, okay, but not up to our expectations. … The situation, what the people on the ground are asking for, is also part-time jobs, with the advantages and disadvantages. We’ve heard that a lot. We heard the message very clearly, very very clearly.

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Luc Mathieu, president of the Order of Nurses, said it all depends on the flexibility of full-time employment, as it can span four days, for example. “In some areas they posted full-time jobs and no one applied.”

The Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé (FIQ) added to its demands which have just been tabled for the renewal of its collective agreements: “that a full-time job be flexible at eight, nine or 10 days every two weeks, at the choice of the employee, by working the same number of hours every two weeks or by reducing the number of hours every fortnight, while benefiting from the advantages of full-time status.

The other way the minister is trying to address the problems caused by the shortage of nurses is to break down silos among health care workers to reduce the workload of nurses.

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Conference delegates mentioned the use of administrative agents, but there are not always candidates for vacancies.

“The decompartmentalization of professions, I believe in it a lot, said Dubé. “We have to break down the barriers between certain professions to sustain certain advances that we have had during the pandemic, in particular with vaccination.”

The President of the Treasury Board, Sonia LeBel, will be responsible for this file.

Dubé said paramedics may be called upon to do more.

The president of the OIIQ, Luc Mathieu, declared not to oppose in principle. “It depends on what we are talking about. If we want a sharing of activities, we have to know which ones and make sure that the paramedics are prepared to do so and how we can collaborate with them. We are certainly open to optimizing the contribution of everyone in the care team.

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