East of Montreal is looking for 565 international nurses
Of all the health establishments in Quebec, the CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal is the one whose hopes of recruitment abroad are the highest in order to curb the shortage of nurses from which Maisonneuve-Rosemont suffers in particular.
The emergency department at Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont is grappling with a personnel crisis. (File photo)
In recent months, the CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal has given the Ministry of Health a record number of mandates to recruit nurses, whether in France, Morocco or South America. .
According to information obtained by Radio-Canada, expectations are particularly high for the East of Montreal where the CIUSSS wishes to recruit 565, up more than 200 compared to the May 2022 applications.
This CIUSSS employs approximately 4,400 nurses in the hospitals, CHSLDs and CLSCs under its jurisdiction.
For all of Quebec, international recruitment targets amount to more than 3,300 nurses, according to the Ministry of Health.
To Conversely, the CIUSSS du Nord-de-l'Île-de-Montréal is currently looking for 240, a marked drop from last spring. In 2021, the North Montreal establishment set up a human resources team which is dedicated to recruiting people from abroad in order to integrate them, follow them in their immigration process, welcome.
From Montérégie to the Laurentians, the greater Montreal region accounts for 70% of mandates to recruit internationally.
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While on Patrick Masbourian's morning show on Tuesday to talk about the crisis at Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont, doctor Martine Leblanc of the CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal recognized that the establishment was sorely lacking in nursing manpower.
Basically, our issue is the labor shortage which is hitting hard in the East , said the Deputy Director General (DGA) of general and specialized physical health programs at the CIUSSS.
In Dr. Leblanc's opinion, it's certain that currently, we don't get good press, we are aware of it and it doesn't attract people to come to work [ …] to [re]join our teams, but we have to find a way to reverse that and give ourselves a more positive image so that people want to [join] our teams.
According to our information, a recruitment campaign with an advertising budget has been suspended, the time to ease the crisis at the hospital.
Health Minister Christian Dubé met with the CEO of the CIUSSS de l'Est-de-l'Île-de-Montréal on Monday evening and Tuesday morning due to the ongoing crisis at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital. (File photo)
While recruitment expectations are in the thousands, the number of recruits from abroad is in the hundreds.
According to Ministry of Health data, 92 nurses were recruited from international since September.
For the 12-month period from September 2021 to August 2022, 394 were hired, two-thirds of them in the greater Montreal area.
Recruitment from abroad has thus far not proved to be the hoped-for panacea. For the moment, we are looking at compulsory overtime (TSO) which is detrimental to hiring.
I can tell you that, where there is no more TSO and a better working climate, there are a lot fewer personnel problems, Minister Christian Dubé launched on Tuesday in front of the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital.
The solidarity deputy Vincent Marissal calls for the requisitioning of nurses working in private agencies. There is only one labor pool […] The nurses were trained at our expense, we just have to requisition them […] we will do it in war as in war, if ;he exclaimed.
It's fun to put out fires and deal with emergencies, but I'm not here to that […] but to have structuring effects that will change things, said Christian Dubé during his first press scrum of the year last week.
Obviously, the news has upset his plans.