By Sarah Klein
The Manitoba government will recruit more nurse practitioners to rural parts of the province through a tuition-funding program.
Nurse practitioner students who agree to work in rural communities after graduating will be eligible for return-of-service grants to fully cover their tuition costs.
“Nurse practitioners play a vital role in caring for Manitoba families, working in QuickCare clinics, ERs, personal care homes and other facilities,” Health Minister Theresa Oswald said on Tuesday. “Our new and innovative education grant will encourage even more nurse practitioners to work in rural and northern areas to address the health care needs of families throughout the province.”
Students will be eligible for funding of up to $10,000 to fully cover the cost of tuition in exchange for one year service working as a nurse practitioner in a rural community after graduation, the province said.
Applications for the new grants will be available this fall, as the expanded nurse practitioner class begins their studies at the University of Manitoba.