Alberta Health Nurses hiring 300 registered nurses by the end of August

Alberta Health Services says it plans to hire 300 registered nurses by the end of next month.

EDMONTON — Alberta Health Services says it plans to hire 300 registered nurses by the end of next month.

Of the new hires 1/3 will work in the Calgary area, 1/3 in Edmonton and 1/3 in the rest of the province.

AHS spokesman Kerry Williamson says the nurses are needed to replace RN’s who are retiring and to have enough staff to help provide planned improvements to health services.

The United Nurses of Alberta says the new positions will be in operating rooms, emergency, mental health, home care, labour and delivery, neonatal intensive care and other areas.

The union says most of the positions are full-time or high part-time jobs.

Williamson says the new hires will bring the number of registered nurses in Alberta to about 25,000 and will cost about $6.5 million in the short-term.