N.B. commits nearly $1M to nurse practitioner program

New Brunswick is expanding the Université de Moncton’s nurse practitioner program with almost $1 million in new funding.

Officials said Monday the program will expand from part-time to full-time and increase the number of annual graduates from three to 12.

“This announcement is great news for our province as it will help to quickly increase the number of nurse practitioners entering our health-care system as soon as next year,” said Health Minister Bruce Fitch.

“This initiative will certainly help us build on our success by moving the needle further in the right direction to improve access to primary care.”

The province says it has allocated $970,000 to expand the program, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

“The funding announced today supports the implementation of our strategy and the achievement of our mission to train creative and committed health-care professionals,” said Denis Prud’homme, president and vice-chancellor of the Université de Moncton.

“I am convinced these professionals will contribute to the transformation of the health system to better meet the needs of the francophone population of New Brunswick.”