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PRINCE ALBERTCUPE will hold a news conference in Prince Albert tomorrow, May 27, to discuss the need for a strategic plan to fully utilize licensed practical nurses.

Although there is a nursing shortage in Saskatchewan, licensed practical nurses  
continue to be woefully under-utilized.

A new report prepared by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, A practical solution to the nursing shortage, says a long-term solution to the nursing shortage won’t be found until the issues facing LPNs are addressed.

The report also notes that prior to 2000, a degree was not required to become an RN in Saskatchewan. In 2006, for example, 65.8% of registered nurses in Saskatchewan reported their highest education level was the two-year diploma.

Practical nurses also graduate with a two-year diploma.

CUPE presented its report to SAHO last month.

The news conference will discuss the report and the union’s recommendations to fully utilize practical nurses.

The news conference will be held on:
Tuesday, May 27, at 10: 30 a.m.
Boardroom, Prince Albert CUPE Office
70 - 17th Street West, PA
Suzanne Posyniak, CUPE Staff Rep
Karen Disiewich, Licensed Practical Nurse
Carol McKnight, CUPE 4777 President

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For more information contact Beth Smillie at 229-4908.