Date Published: Friday, May 11, 2012
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More nurses are coming to Thunder Bay and northwestern Ontario.
New positions in the region will include mental health nurses in schools. They will also include nurses dedicated to helping people in hospital transition to home care.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Health announced more than 900 nursing positions would be created throughout Ontario, 66 of those will be in the northwest. The Northwest Local Health Integration Network will assign the nurses.
The new positions are expected to include 12 mental health nurses, who will work in schools across the region.
The nurses will help identify and work with students with mental health and addiction issues.
"It will allow us to hopefully catch some of the children earlier before they really get into trouble,” said Tuija Puiras, the CEO of the North West Community Care Access Centre.
The nurses will support students directly, or connect them to mental health and addiction services in the community. Puiras said other new nursing positions coming to the northwest will be dedicated to helping patients transition from hospital to home care.
With Thursday’s announcement by the province, Lakehead Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic was hopeful it would see more staff.
Clinic head Pam Delgaty said it's the first nurse practioner-led clinic in Ontario, with more than 300 people now on the waiting list.
But by Friday, a spokesperson at the clinic said it looks like they won't be seeing any of the newly announced additional nurses.
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