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SANP is a non-profit, volunteer-run, professional organization that supports and advances the professional interests of its membership — NPs, NP students, and nurses who have an interest in the NP practice.

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Nurse Practitioner Recruitment and Retention Strategy

SANP is pleased to partner with the Ministry of Health for the Recruitment and Retention Strategy for NPs.  The Minister Responsible for Rural and Remote Health, Randy Weekes, announced the strategy on April 3, 2014.  This is the product of collaboration with the Ministry and SANP.  Thanks are also due the Minister for Advanced Education Rob Norris for supporting 5 new NP seats.  This is a new strategy to bring more NPs to rural communities with a population of 10,000 or less. 


The new Nurse Practitioner Recruitment and Retention Strategy is based on four key initiatives:

Grow Your Own” – Registered Nurses will receive wages and benefits for up to two years while they receive full-time Nurse Practitioner training, based on a five-year return-of-service agreement in the sponsoring regional health authority (RHA).

Rural NP Locum Pool – A team of NPs will be formed to provide itinerant services on a temporary basis in communities that are without NP services. The program will provide relief for vacation, sick leave or maternity leave. 

Position Transfers – Health regions will be able to move vacant nursing positions within health regions to communities with a demonstrated need for a nurse practitioner where no position exists. 


Relocation Grants – NPs will be eligible for incentive grants of up to $40,000 over five years for practicing in hard-to-recruit positions/locations. 


Payments will be structured as follows:

Year 1: $5,000

Year 2: $5,000

Year 3: $6,000

Year 4: $10,000

Year 5: $14,000

 Since 2007, the number of NPs in Saskatchewan has increased from 102 to 174.

Work continues to strengthen and expand our highly skilled, highly valued NP workforce.

Saskatchewan is on target to increase NP training seats by 20, which will bring the phased-in total to 50 seats. Five more seats are being funded in 2014-15, bringing the total additional seats to 15.

The official announcement was the perfect start to this year’s very successful SANP/NPOS conference Thank-you to the attendees and we hope to see you next year!