first_imgNew nursing graduates and late-career nurses have another reason to stay and work in Nova Scotia. The province and the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union have teamed up with Health Canada and the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions to launch a $2.6-million initiative designed to retain new and late-career nurses. “This project will give nurses more support at critical times in their career,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Health. “This ensures they can continue to deliver high-quality patient care and gives them another important reason to stay in Nova Scotia.” The project implements ideas from nurses to improve work experience. An 80-20 staffing model will be tested. Participating late-career nurses will spend 80 per cent of their time in direct patient care, and the remaining 20 per cent on professional development and mentoring new graduates. New grads entering the field will benefit from mentoring and receive orientation to help them adapt to their new career, and the pressures nurses face. “One of the best ways to maintain both our new grads and our senior nurses is by addressing the concerns they identified — namely, the significant transition from school to the high demands required of a nurse acting independently,” said Janet Hazelton, president of the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union. “Nurses who are close to retirement want to continue to work, but sometimes find a full-time schedule too challenging. This program offers resolution to both of those concerns.” The new project will target the graduating classes of June and December 2009 and June 2010, and will be available for registered and licensed practical nurses in the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union, working in district health authorities and in continuing care. The first in Canada to test the approach on this scale, the project is an example of how the province and partners like the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union are working together to find innovative solutions that deliver more value and better health outcomes to Nova Scotians. The Nova Scotia project is part of Research to Action: Applied Workplace Solutions for Nurses, a $4.2-million federal grant awarded to the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions to implement in partnership with provincial governments, health-care employers and unions. It is funded by Health Canada, and is supported by the Canadian Nurses Association, the Canadian Healthcare Association and the Dietitians of Canada.last_img read more


He was responding to allegations raised against Sri Lanka. He says Sri Lankan Tamils were only liberated by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Sri Lankan security forces. He says the Sri Lankan government put an end to the violent human rights record of the LTTE when it crushed them in May 2009. “With all the infirmities that can exist in a postwar situation the Sri Lankan government has established a sound record of rehabilitating LTTE cadres and settling nearly 300,000 internally displaced people who were dragged from village to village, without food, water, shelter and medicine by the LTTE,” he said.Jayasekera notes that peace may not restore ideal conditions overnight but postwar Sri Lanka has taken the great leap forward to restore peace, dignity and self-respect to all citizens which were never available under the horrors of needless terrorism. He also noted that people-smuggling has been a common tactic of the LTTE to pack Western electoral constituencies with pro-LTTE agents who in turn can influence decision-makers at the highest levels to push an anti-Sri Lankan agenda. The consul-general of Sri Lanka in Sydney, Bandula Jayasekara says only the Sri Lankan flag has given a place to the Tamils and not even India.Writing for Canberra Times, Jayasekera  recalled that the design of the Sri Lankan flag came out of a consensual agreement signed by Tamil and Muslim community leaders immediately after independence. read more