Paid internships would help with attraction, retention of nurses in QC

July 27, 2021
Nurses in Quebec are calling for paid internships, saying that they could help to attract people to the profession and retain nurses. Students are reportedly required to complete unpaid nursing internships as part of their education, which results in some having to take on additional part-time work to pay their bills. “It doesn’t pay bills, it doesn’t pay your rent, it doesn’t pay anything,” said Katia Maksoud, a second-year nursing student at CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal. “We only want adequate pay and good working conditions.” Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux President Jeff Begley and Quebec Nurses' Association President Natalie Stake-Doucet both indicated that the nursing profession, which is mostly comprised of women, faces issues of discrimination and poor working conditions. Begley explains that improving pay enables people to pursue training without living in poverty. CBC (QC)