Quebec's nursing bonus


    The Quebec government announced Tuesday they will spend more than $100 million to keep nurses working in the public system.
    Health Minister Yves Bolduc said the government would offer graduating nurses an annual bonus of $3,000 for the next three years if they commit to work a certain number of hours in the public health-care sector. Graduating nurse practitioners would receive $2,000 and experienced nurses who agree to delay their retirement would receive an annual bonus of $8,000 over three years.


    But Quebec's Federation of Nurses slammed the province's plan on Tuesday, saying it's insulting to all other nurses.
    "It has to be for everybody. The majority are between their fourth and 34th year and they ...get nothing," said Michelle Boisclair, vice-president of the Quebec nursing federation.
    Bolduc said the province would try this out for the next three years before re-evaluating the program.
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  3. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Maybe if they just paid their nurses more and gave them slightly smaller ratios they wouldn't have to resort to bonuses. Nurses just starting out are paid $19 an hour less than Canada's highest paid 1st rung nurses and Quebec's highest paid nurses are $9 an hour behind the highest paid top-rung nurses. Oh, and Quebec has 12 rungs on their pay ladder. The only provinces with lower rates of pay are in the Maritimes, where the cost of living is considerably lower. But Quebec will always do things their own way; they're a Distinct Society.
    Last edit by NotReady4PrimeTime on Jul 1, '09
  4. by   Morning-glory
    At one point, I thought of going to Montreal but in the end, after writting the entrance exam, the French test and then having 1/3 of my pay cut it was worth the effort. And my years of work would not have counted in the pay ajustment so I would have started at the base rate which is half of what I am making now.

    As you say, if they increased all the salaries, it would be a more equitable solution.

    Distinct society indeed...
  5. by   zuzi
    If they give me like bonus AND a small cottage a cote de St Catherine Bld avec un grande jardine and a coffe store nearbly with terases and book stores and art galleries and if the assure me that ...may be... why not... is a free

    Quebec is a special place... Montreal always will be closed to my heart, is special is for souls and hearts, and laissez faire, is nothing compare with any other places in Canada you need to understand Quebec to live in Quebec..."Quebec is for quebecoises" if you fell like it, go.
    Last edit by zuzi on Jul 2, '09
  6. by   Morning-glory
    Zuzi, I was born there. My mother lives there. But the hassles for such little pay are just not worth it. JMHO.
  7. by   joyouter
    RE nursing *bonuses* offered by Quebec govt.
    The offer reflects the larger view of this govt towards its nurses. Chauvinism, ignorance and an enormous cavalier attititude by politicians and some members of the medical cadre support the view. Based on a 19th century views, this is an abuse of power amidst a grim reality where nurses are leaving the province in droves. When nurses are aware of a lack of power and support by the politicoes who were voted in by them, their only option is to leave the province. Hence the shortage, poor salaries, and restrictions around nurse practitioners ( only in peds icu, dialysis and cardiology) as a paradigm of short sightedness and the need to exercise power against all odds. Historically, emigration of skilled, educated professionals has always been stimulated by a sense of immediate powerless, lack of renumeration and lack of respect for the profession and for the role largely occupied by women.
  8. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    Great observation! It isn't totally a Quebec-based issue although it does seem to be more blatant there. What's happening in Alberta is pretty similar, with nurses being blamed for the health care services deficit and being expected to shoulder the costs of reducing it. Meanwhile the highest of the muckedy-mucks were given $ multi-million severances and $ multi-million pensions-for-life. Hmmm, maybe that overtime shift I worked back in November really did cause us to be so strapped for cash!