Dubé relies on local management of nurses' schedules and decompartmentalization
The Minister of Health is also counting on the creation of full-time positions for nurses.
To deal with the problems related to the nursing workforce, the Minister of Health and Social Services, Christian Dubé, thinks he has found a “recipe” which will make “a difference” and which involves the decompartmentalization of professions and the local management of schedules.
Minister Dubé mentioned these solutions on Monday when he addressed participants at the convention of the Order of Nurses of Quebec in Montreal.
As far as local timetable management is concerned, the results of the steps that have already been taken differ from one establishment to another. The Minister told the participants that he wanted to know the places where things are going well and those where things are not going well.
Christian Dubé, Minister of Health and Social Services
And not everything necessarily involves creating jobs at full-time, contrary to what we believed during the last negotiation of the nurses' collective agreements, argued the minister.
During the last negotiation, which was quite long, there was really an approach to increase the full-time staff, for all sorts of good reasons. It gave results, I would say correct, but perhaps not up to our expectations.
The situation, what people are asking on the ground, it' is also part-time positions, with advantages and disadvantages. We've heard that a lot. We heard the message very well, very, very well heard the message, launched Minister Dubé.
Luc Mathieu, president of the Order of Nurses of Quebec.
The President of the Order, Luc Mathieu, also noted that it all depends on how the full-time position is modulated, since it can be over four days, for example.
“In some areas they have posted full-time positions and there is no one applying for them. »
— Luc Mathieu, President of the Order of Nurses of Quebec
The Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé (FIQ) itself addresses this issue in its demands that have just been filed for the renewal of collective agreements: that a full-time position be flexible to eight, nine or ten days per two weeks, at the employee's choice, by working the same number of hours per two weeks or reducing the number of hours per two weeks, while benefiting from the advantages of full-time status.< /p>
The minister's other approach to try to solve the problems related to the nursing workforce is that of the decompartmentalization of professions, in order to alleviate the task of nurses.
Some delegates have mentioned the use of administrative agents, but the open positions do not always find takers.
Des employees of the pre-hospital sector in Rimouski.
The decompartmentalization of professions, I believe in it very much. We need to land the decompartmentalization of certain professions precisely to sustain certain advances that we had during the pandemic, in particular with vaccination, pleaded Minister Dubé.
It is the President of the Treasury Board Sonia LeBel, also responsible for the Office des professions, who must take care of this file.
Minister Dubé cited the case of paramedics, who could be called upon more. We are light years away at the pre-hospital level, among other things with paramedics.
When asked about this, the president of the OIIQ Luc Mathieu does not saw no objection in principle.
It depends on what you hear. If we want to share activities, we have to know which ones and, after that, make sure that the paramedics have the preparation to do this and how we can collaborate with them. Of course, we are open to optimizing the contribution of everyone on the care team.