Yukon government offers cash bonuses to attract and keep nurses

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The Yukon government is offering cash bonuses for some nurses who choose to work in the territory. It’s an attempt to fill a number of vacant community nursing positions and reduce turnover. 

Health Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee announced $6 million to go toward signing and retention bonuses for nurses who work for the territorial government.

In a written statement, McPhee said the bonuses “will make the Yukon more competitive in recruiting and retaining nurses in a very challenging labour market.”

In October, McPhee said Yukon was dealing with a “very, very serious” vacancy rate in community nursing, saying it was then over 40 per cent. Typically, she said, the vacancy rate would be about five per cent. 

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