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New incentive announced for Nurse Practitioners


The provincial government has announced yet another incentive to address the healthcare worker shortage.


On Friday Health Minister Tom Osborne announced recruitment incentives for Nurse Practitioners who commit to work within a Family Care Team in the province, with the option of an additional incentive to provide coverage for select rural emergency departments, also known as Category B emergency departments.


The incentives are based on geographic location and range from $20,000 to $40,000 for Nurse Practitioners who commit to work within a Family Care Team for a one-year return in service with an option to extend the incentive for a second year.


There are nine Family Care Teams in various stages of implementation throughout the province, with five fully operational. When these teams are fully operational, they will provide access to primary care for up to 80,000 people.


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