Future licensed sensible nurses are going into debt whereas ready for his or her $20,000 scholarship

We have not received anything from the first payment of $5,000 in May.laments Mrs. Paquette.

I have to pay $1200 a month in rent and I’m a single momshe adds.

To make up for her budget, she depleted her savings, worked every other weekend as an assistant and took out a bank line of credit.

The Vocational Education Center has given us a number of food aid organizations, but most of the students are not eligible because they earned about $58,000 last year as trainees with all the overtime.says Ms. Paquette.

According to her, 5 out of 21 students in her cohort in Montérégie would drop out for financial reasons.

months late

In December 2021, the health and education ministers unveiled a $48 million program aimed at training 2,000 nurses.

In exchange for a $20,000 scholarship, each student agreed to complete their studies and work in the network for two years. Otherwise, the scholarship had to be repaid.

The training will start in January 2022 and will take place over a period of 14 months instead of the usual 22it was supported by the Minister of Health Christian Dubé and the Minister of Education Jean-François Roberge.

Outgoing Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge.

Photo: The Canadian Press/Paul Chiasson

Thanks to the accelerated implementation of the training, the network will benefit from the contribution of 2000 additional nurses in March 2023.pleased the Order of Nurses and Nurses of Quebec (OIIAQ).

However, as student Leonie Depatie, Ms. Paquette’s colleague, explains, we learned that the end of our training was in October 2023, about four months later.

We have no news or CISSS Montérégie-Centre or the government to try to condense the course as planned or to offer us an additional amount for additional months of study. »

Quote from Leonie Depatie, a student in the nursing program

Several students we spoke with regret the situation.

onOIIAQwe say to the fact that cohorts affected by accelerated program implementation […] they are not all deployed at the same time and this is likely to cause a delay compared to next March.

In Bas-Saint-Laurent, for example, the cohorts started later, as in Montérégie, because the situation in the health facilities was too fragile to deprive employees.

There are more than 28,000 licensed nurses in Quebec.

We hope that the cohorts participating in this government initiative will be able to optimally follow the training course to enhance the current succession.OIIAQ writes to us via email.

At CISSS Montérégie-Centre, we responded at the end of the day on Friday that a payment is scheduled for Thursday, September 22 […]. To reassure our students, we will contact them and inform them of the payment date.

At the beginning of the training, the students received a letter stating that the scholarship amount of $20,000 includes four installments. Months are mentioned, but not datesadds spokeswoman Martine Lesage.

For 102 scholarships offered at CISSS75 candidates are in training in three cohorts, and 16 have dropped out.

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