- Three community nurses have been hired in a trial program to provide more public vaccination support to rural Yukon.
- The mobile positions are one-year trial positions and advertise a four-days-off work,four-days-on schedule, including weekends.
Three community nurses have been hired in a trial program to provide more public vaccination support to rural Yukon.
With the switch from mass vaccinations in large community venues to scheduled appointments on intermittent days in health centers, the government responded to the need for extra support.
So far, three positions have been filled in Mayo, Teslin/Carcross, and Haines Junction. The latter nurse alternates weeks between Teslin and Carcross, while the Haines Junction nurse supports immunization clinics along the north Alaska Highway.
The mobile positions are one-year trial positions and advertise a four-days-off work,four-days-on schedule, including weekends.
Recruitment opened on November. 26 through Yukon Communicable Disease Control. According to the job posting, nurses are asked to fill “expanded practice roles,” usually to physicians, including blood work and diagnostic testing.
According to Samantha Henney, an online communications manager from the Executive Council Office feels the program’s advantages.
“The benefit was immediate in a reduction of overtime and medevacs, and increased vaccination rates and public health education in those communities,” Henney said in an email.
“With nursing shortages across the country, this is good news for our teams and Yukoners.”
Community health nurses are a specialty area of nursing practice focused on community health programs such as wellness for preschool and school-age children, health promotion, educational programming, and immunization and prevention.
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