MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS</p><p>Chief nursing officer and provincial lead of health system integration, Lanette Siragusa, announces a new student nursing employment program on Monday.</p>

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Chief nursing officer and provincial lead of health system integration, Lanette Siragusa, announces a new student nursing employment program on Monday.

The Government of Manitoba has announced a new program that will allow third- and fourth-year student nurses to work in clinical settings while completing their studies. Students who have completed 450 clinical practice hours and a clinical placement in surgery, medicine, or mental health will be able to work as casual staff in MB patient units while earning competitive wages and gaining hours toward seniority. The program is anticipated to help address the nursing shortage in the province while allowing students to learn from experts. “We learn in our labs, placements and practicums, but nothing replaces learning as a team in units with patients,” said Lanette Siragusa, MB lead of health system integration.(MB)Winnipeg Free Press | Brandon Sun

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