Port Clements is losing its new clinic nurse after just a few months on the job.
Nurse Kathy Buell told council members Tuesday night (Aug. 8) that she would soon be taking over the public health nursing position based in Masset, where she lives.
Ms Buell shared some observations about Port, telling council that the aging population and stress caused by unemployment are major health issues facing the town.
“The people out of work, it is really affecting families,” she said. “The health care needs are going up.”
Ms Buell said she has left some recommendations with the Northern Health Authority about the Port position. These include changing the job description, which has Port’s population as 200, much lower than it actually is.
She also warned that it may prove difficult to find someone to work at the clinic, as nurses are in demand all over the province.
Council members said Ms Buell had done an excellent job and they were sorry to see her go.
“She was a good asset to the community,” said councillor Wally Cheer.
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