Staff short despite ads

A SHORTAGE of registered nurses has delayed the opening of a $7.5 million aged care facility on the Capricorn Coast.

As residents of Brolga Court, near the Blue Care Capricorn Gardens on Lorikeet Avenue, including Yvonne Wolhuter, yesterday helped plant herbs at the aged care facility, regional director Chris Goding confirmed the centre needed to fill at least five registered nurse positions before it could open.

The centre was expected to open on June 25 but Ms Goding said the centre would be opened when the positions were filled.

"It's not just here there is a shortage Australia-wide,'' she said.

"Blue Care has had enormous difficulty recruiting registered nurses for our newly completed aged care facility. Our advertisements, which have run for the past month, have attracted just one applicant.'' It's not just Blue Care which is concerned either. Capricorn Adventist Retirement Village manager John Martin said he did expect that some of the 33 care staff at the village might leave to go and work at Blue Care's aged care facility in Yeppoon when it opened.

"Across the board there seems to be a shortage of RNs (registered nurses),'' he said.

"We are managing at the moment but we are certainly concerned.



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