Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Northern Health departures raise red flags for some

A quick glance of the Northern Health Career opportunities page will showcase the volume of positions currently available with the Health Service provider of Northern British Columbia.

The bounty of job ops from Fort St. John to Prince Rupert, partially the result of an increase of departures from a variety of positions across the Northern Health service region.

That at least is the theme of a Prince George Citizen  article from Tuesday, which outlined the nature of that volume, with this report highlighting a trend that was reported to Northern Health following a Spring review on staffing.

Charles Jago, Chair of the Board for Northern Health however, doesn't believe that the staffing situation of the moment requires any undue  concern for Northern BC residents just yet.

And while the Citizen report featured a synopsis of that report on recruitment, one that recorded a total of 367 Northern Health staff departing in the first four months of the year,  Jago outlined for the Citizen that  part of that jump in statistics was owing to a purge of inactive casual worker files that Northern Health takes on twice a year.

As for the statistical nature of the openings of the moment, of interest to North Coast residents will be the breakdown of job vacancies across the Northern Health service area.  With the North Coast host to the second highest number of vacancies (5.8 per cent) in the Northern Health region, with only the North East region posting a higher rate of vacancies (6.8 per cent).

The Northwest Region for Northern Health currently features five pages of Job opportunities for a variety of facilities in the region, twenty of the positions from those five pages can be found in Prince Rupert.

Across the entire Northern Health region, the key areas with high vacancies include Nursing which is at the top of the jobs available list, with unfilled positions at 6.5 per cent, the Health Sciences branch is next at 5.1 per cent.

The Board chair did find the number of departures significant, but told the Citizen that he would prefer to have a full year or two years of data to review, before attempting to draw any conclusions.

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