A new decade is upon us and Prairie Mountain Health (PMH) kicked off 2020 on the recruiting front with renewed vigour, by engaging students through various recruitment initiatives. On January 25th, the Region hosted University students from Winnipeg, for a one-day bus tour. Nursing and Rehabilitation Science students travelled from Winnipeg to Brandon to learn more about what PMH has to offer. Students received a regional presentation then toured Brandon Regional Health Centre and participated in ‘hands on’ clinical stations, while Rehab Science students did a job shadow in the Therapy Services Department. On the trip back to Winnipeg, the bus stopped at the Carberry Health Centre, where nursing staff provided the students with an inside look of a rural health centre.
The Region recently attended careers fairs at the University of Manitoba (U of M) and the University of Winnipeg. Students from various programs learned about what health care has to offer.
With several University and College nursing classes ending throughout the spring of 2020, PMH will again be making efforts to recruit students to diverse opportunities in the Region.
The Bachelor of Nursing (BN) students from Brandon University and U of M will be the first classes to graduate. Students have expressed interest in employment in the Region, which has resulted in approximately 23 employment interviews. Several other Bachelor of Nursing students, who were previously Licensed Practical Nurses, have also identified that they will continue employment in PMH as Registered Nurses. Following the BN’s, the Recruitment Department will work with Bachelor of Psychiatric Nursing (BPN) students to arrange employment interviews in mid-March.
Coming up, we’ll visit the University College of the North BN students in The Pas and Thompson, who will be graduating in early summer. The Region will meet with the Assiniboine Community College (ACC) Practical Nursing class of 31 students who will be graduating in May. We will provide students with an overview of the health region inclusive of a description of the facilities, program and services offered, along with how to apply for positions, the hiring process, navigating the website, benefits and other employment-related information.
In September, two ACC Practical Nursing classes in the PMH region will graduate (Brandon/ Russell). Plans to meet with these students will be made in the near future.
The Home for the Summer Program (HFTS) is a collaborative initiative with The Manitoba Health Care Provider Network, where summer employment is offered to post-secondary students. This recruitment initiative provides students with meaningful summer employment while fulfilling project driven work identified by the Region. Various departments participate in the program each year. Last year 10 students were employed in Pharmacy, Mental Health, Public Health, and Health Information Services. We anticipate another successful summer.
The PMH Recruitment Department looks forward to this busy time of year as we work through various recruitment initiatives to build our health-care workforce.
Dr. Della Lee (Wawanesa) leads nursing students through a group intubation session at Brandon Regional Health Centre in January 2020.