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Thursday, September 18, 2014
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BURSARIES AWARDED TO NURSING AND HEALTH SCIENCES STUDENTS

Health Minister Len Taylor today congratulated 344 Saskatchewan students who were awarded nursing and health sciences bursaries in exchange for their commitment to work in Saskatchewan. This number could increase to almost 360, as students continue to accept and return bursary offers.

These students make up a portion of the 600 new and continuing health bursaries available. Bursaries for students studying medicine will be awarded by the start of 2008. Students receiving these new bursaries will join 154 other students with ongoing, multi-year bursaries.

This year, the provincial government is devoting more than $6 million to support return-service bursary programs in the health field.

"Attracting and keeping health care workers is a top priority of our government," Taylor said. "I am very pleased to recognize these students who are pursuing their health careers right here in Saskatchewan."

Two hundred and fifty-three of the bursary recipients are studying to be registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses, licensed practical nurses, primary care nurse practitioners and nurse educators, in addition to advanced nursing (basic critical care and perioperative) students and those wishing to re-enter nursing.

More than 90 Saskatchewan bursary recipients are studying a wide range of health sciences disciplines including pharmacy; nuclear medicine, cytology; magnetic resonance imagery; medical radiation and medical laboratory technology; physical, occupational and respiratory therapy; speech language pathology; public health inspection, social work, orthotics/prosthetics, nutrition and clinical psychology.

Health sciences bursaries range from $2,000 to $14,000 per year for up to a maximum of two years of funding in certain health disciplines, with a service commitment to work in the province's publicly funded health system upon graduation.

For additional information about the bursary program, please visit our website at www.health.gov.sk.ca.

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For more information, contact:

Andrew Dinsmore
Health
Regina
Phone: 306-787-4083
Email: adinsmore@health.gov.sk.ca

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