The Health Recruitment and Retention Secretariat provides recruitment support to Health PEI in its efforts to staff hard-to-fill healthcare positions.
The Secretariat was established in 2008 and currently has five employees. Positions at the Secretariat include:
- Health Recruiter focussed on the areas of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals such as Speech Language Pathologists, Psychologists, and Physiotherapists.
- Physician Recruitment Coordinator focussed on recruiting Family Medicine and Specialist Physicians
- Recruitment Assistant also provides financial, immigration, and administrative support
- Health Human Resource Advisor determines healthcare data for the Secretariat and the Department, including healthcare system vacancies, demographics of healthcare professionals, etc.
- Manager of Recruitment and Retention
Sheila Kerry, is the Health Recruiter for Nursing and Allied Health Professionals. She provided this list of PEI Healthcare careers currently in demand:
- Registered Nurses
- Nurse Practitioners
- Social Workers
- Medical Laboratory Technologists
- Physiotherapists and PT Assistants
- Occupational Therapists and OT Assistants
“There is an ongoing need to support Health PEI in its nursing recruitment efforts,” says Sheila. “Hard-to-recruit nursing positions tend to be within the specialty areas of nursing, such as Intensive Care and finding qualified individuals with nursing experience.”
Determining future opportunities in PEI’s healthcare system
“We work to promote current opportunities and to determine future job vacancies. People who are planning their careers need to know about future job vacancies so that they can choose a career that is likely to be in demand when they finish their education.”
One way of determining future job vacancies is to study the demographics of current healthcare professionals. For example, the average age of Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) working at PEI hospitals is 40, with a handful in the 60 to 65 year range who may soon be thinking of retirement planning.
“That information is a good indication that it is likely that some of those individuals will choose to retire within the next few years.
“On the other hand, we are seeing a different trend with Medical Laboratory Assistants. Right now the average age of these individuals is 30 years old, and the majority is female. Because of this trend, we can reasonably assume that some may be considering planning a family, so we should expect some temporary full-time opportunities in the future.
“For those looking for a career in healthcare, physiotherapy is a really great option. Physiotherapists in Canada have endless career opportunities in both the public and private sectors. The unemployment rate for Physiotherapists in Canada is very low – back in 2014, it was 0.3 percent. Physiotherapists are often not actively seeking new employment, so we engage with individuals who may be employed now, but would consider job opportunities on PEI.”
Meeting with professionals
Individuals interested in a career in health can meet with the Health Recruiter directly. Alternatively, the Health Recruiter can also arrange meetings for candidates to connect with healthcare professionals and experts within the system.
For more information about healthcare opportunities on PEI, call 902-620-3872 or email [email protected].
To learn more about the Recruitment and Retention Secretariat, or for a list of healthcare opportunities and programs, visit www.healthjobspei.ca.