By Lawrence Belanger,
Local Journalism Initiative
The CIUSSS de l’Estrie – CHUS has announced new hiring and training procedures for future orderlies (préposé aux bénéficiaires or PAB). To meet growing demand and improve working conditions for current orderlies, the new procedures seek to lower barriers to people seeking to join the profession. During a Zoom call with regional media, Marc-Antoine Rouillard, Assistant Director, Human Resources, presented the details of the new prrogram.
Orderlies are highly sought after in Quebec, and the Eastern Townships is no exception. “We already need more than we have, but we also want to support the opening of seniors’ homes and the enhancement of home care, which requires more attendants,” observed Rouillard. He added that the CIUSSS de l’Estrie-CHUS is short around 300 orderlies, and expects that need to double by next year.
Particularly, new Senior/Alternative Houses and home support services are expected to put pressure on the healthcare system to train more orderlies.
“We are confident that these new work-study arrangements for our new orderlies will increase our workforce, positively impacting the working conditions of our teams and the quality of care and services to our users,” said Rouillard.