More than 700 healthcare jobs in new recruitment drive

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Hundreds of jobs have been created to alleviate continued pressure from workers in a critical industry.

A major jobs campaign will be launched to attract more doctors, nurses and paramedics to South Australia to ease continued pressure on the healthcare system.

About 300 nurses, 100 doctors and 350 paramedics are needed to fill the positions, as understaffing has forced some employees to work more than 15 hours.

Premier Peter Malinauskas announced the state government’s recruitment campaign on Tuesday, saying many nurses were working double shifts, particularly since the start of the pandemic.

“This is an important undertaking and to do so frequently is a testament to the extraordinary dedication of these people, not to their work but to their calling,” he said.

“When health workers are under the pump in an incredibly relentless affair, it can come at the expense of patient care.

“We don’t just want to recruit to stand still. We want to increase the capacity of the system.

Graduates will be included in the recruitment campaign, as up to 1,200 nurses will graduate from universities in South Australia.

Mr Malinauskas said his government was also working to legislate nurse-patient ratios so that there are enough workers to process the number of patents.

The campaign will include an advertising campaign on digital and social media and in medical and industry publications, as well as recruiters attending career fairs and exhibitions.

Health Minister Chris Picton said some workers had been forced to stay in hospital for up to 15 hours at a stretch.

He said no one could work at their best after such a long time, so increasing the number of healthcare workers was vital for the well-being of patients and staff.

“We want to make sure we attract the best and the brightest.

Dr Katrina from the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s emergency department described the experience of working in the emergency room as “very difficult”.

“We are seeing Covid (patients) and an increase in sick patients, so it has been very difficult for our staff who have been working double shifts and overtime,” she said.

“This initiative, along with others that will build capacity in our healthcare system, will greatly improve our ability to provide excellent care to our patients and maintain patient and staff safety.

Head of the nursing unit, Nissa, said it had been difficult to recruit badly needed experienced emergency service staff.

“This campaign is going on across states and in the wider community to try to find these experienced nurses, but we have systems in place if we don’t have that experience and we have rapid upskilling programs,” a- she declared.

“(Working a double shift) is exhausting and has a flow effect with the next shift.”

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