More than 100 new nurses join the PEI health system

More than 100 registered nurses will be joining Prince Edward Island’s health system to benefit Islanders across the province. 

Many of the new hires have begun working with Health PEI already, and more will start in the coming weeks and months due to the collaborative efforts between PEI Public Service Commission, Health PEI, and Department of Health and Wellness’ Recruitment & Retention Secretariat.

“Nurses are integral to the operation of the health system and quality care to patients. They provide skill, knowledge and expertise in various roles, ranging from front-line emergency, public health, leadership, and many others. These newly recruited registered nurses will strengthen healthcare even more and benefit both workers and patients in our Island health system.”

- Health and Wellness Minister Ernie Hudson

Since January 2021, PEI has hired 101 new registered nurses including 76 new graduates under the Nursing Recruitment Incentive Program (NRIP), eight graduates who were not part of the NRIP, and 17 registered nurses who are relocating to PEI from other provinces. 

“As our health care system continues to evolve to meet the changing needs of Islanders, nurses continue to play a pivotal role in healing, supporting, and advocating for patients and their well-being,” said chief of nursing, Marion Dowling. “I am extremely pleased to welcome both new graduates and experienced registered nurses to care for Islanders.”

Government is also investing $1.5 million to establish a multi-year recruitment and retention program to attract, retain, and develop nursing professionals here on PEI.

The Secretariat is currently promoting nursing opportunities and incentives virtually to various nursing programs across Canada as well as through aggressive social media campaigns. 

For more information on nursing and careers in health care on PEI, visit: Jobs in Health Care.

Media contact:
Lexi Drummond
Department of Health and Wellness

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